IPA - International Phonetic Alphabet

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

Consonants

Symbol Pronounciation
b 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
s 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
i lovely
ɒ not
ʌ come
ʊ put

long Vowels

Symbol Pronounciation
ɑː arm
ɛː fair
əː her
beast
ɔː talk
too

Diphthongs

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