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Interactive Phonemic Chart

Adrian Underhill's Interactive Phonemic Chart! This excellent teaching tool can be played full-screen and gives clear audio examples of the English phoneme set.

Note: The chart may take a couple of minutes to appear the first time you visit this page. Please be patient - it's worth the wait!

Click on this link to view the chart in full screen

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Readers' comments (23)

  • Hi Andy,
    Thank you for your suggestion regarding inserting a button to suppress the word after the phoneme. Whilst we have no immediate plans to update this material, we will add this to our customer feedback database.
    Best wishes
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Oh, please put a button on it that would supress the word after the phoneme.
    I'm trying to do Adrian's sliding sound exercises and the pronounced word is incredibly distracting and stops the smooth transition of the mouth muscles.

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  • Hi Prof. Harper,

    We don't have an American version at the moment but this is something that we'd like to have in the future. We are currently looking at the best way of doing this and will let you know as soon as we have an update. The Sounds app is the most up-to-date version.

    Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I attended the Macmillan Scholars Congress in Mexico City in February. I was given a phonemic chart with American English on one side and British English on the other side. The interactive chart on this website is British English. Is an interative chart also available with American English? I personally have the Sounds App on my iPad, however not all of the teachers in my school have an iPad.

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  • I totally agree with french frank and anonymous. But also the schwa is added to voiced sounds, such as /v/ and /b/. Each symbol represents only one sound, so /v/ is v and not ve, /b/ is b and not be, etc. One symbol=one sound. It could've been an excellent tool, but it's not. I'm rather disappointed.

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  • I am using the chart to my daughter. But I cannot guess what word it is when I click /s/. Is it SO or SUE? I am not a native speaker, so that is a bit difficult to select the right word.

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  • Potentially great but ... Will you be rectifying the voicing of the unvoiced consonants? It's inaccurate and the adding of the schwa to the end of words leads students to incomprehensible speech. I agree with the anonymous person's comments of 25 Feb 2011.

    Margaret Osborne

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  • EXCELLENT!!! Thank you Adrian! Virginia Lombardi- Argentina-

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  • Yes. I agree with French Frank and Anonymous when they say that the voiceless consonants shouldn't be followed by the schwa. "strength" would become something like, "suh-tuh-renth."
    Also the example of "4" for the long "o" is, in my opinion, a poor choice - "saw" would be much better. There is much less difference in the way "saw" is pronounced in Oxford, Leeds and Aberdeen than the way "four" is pronounced the length and breadth of the country.

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  • Agree with Anonymous re schwa. I wouldn't use the resource becuse of that. Pity - potentially very useful.

    Margaret Oz

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