IPA - International Phonetic Alphabet

This is a guide on how to pronounce the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Consonants

Symbol Pronounciation
boat
[d] do
[ʤ] jungle
[ʒ] treasure
[f] friend
[g] go
[h] hotel
[j] young
[k] kiss
[l] left
[m] mother
[n] no
[ŋ] thing
[p] pair
[r] run
list
[ʃ] shake
[t] tea
[ʧ] Dutch
[θ] think
[ð] this
[v] vocabulary
[w] work
[x] Loch Ness
[z] zoo

short Vowels

Symbol Pronounciation
[a] cat (BE)
[æ] cat (AE)
[ɛ] bed
[ə] above
[ɪ] list
lovely
[ɒ] not
[ʌ] come
[ʊ] put

long Vowels

Symbol Pronounciation
[ɑː] arm
[ɛː] fair
[əː] her
[iː] beast
[ɔː] talk
[uː] too

Diphthongs

Symbol Pronounciation
[ʌɪ] my
[aʊ] now
[eɪ] say
[əʊ] no
[ɪə] hear
[ɔɪ] toy
[ʊə] poor
[ʌɪə] fire
[aʊə] sour