LearnEnglish Sounds Right

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About this app

LearnEnglish Sounds Right is the British Council’s FREE pronunciation chart for learners and teachers of English worldwide.

Do you have difficulty with the sounds and pronunciation of the English language, or with understanding the symbols of the phonemic alphabet? With LearnEnglish Sounds Right on your phone or tablet you can practise anywhere and anytime. Just tap a sound and you will hear it. Tap the downward arrow sign and listen to three example words with that sound.

Do you use phonemic script in class to help your students with their pronunciation? With LearnEnglish Sounds Right installed on your class set of devices, or your students’ own devices, you can teach the individual sounds and symbols easily.

* The pure vowels are arranged the same way as in the IPA chart: according to mouth shape (left to right, lips wide / round – top to bottom, jaw closed / open).

* The diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound.

* The consonants are arranged from left (front of mouth) to right (back of mouth). The top two rows of consonants are paired (top row – unvoiced, second row – voiced). When you tap a plosive consonant, the schwa (ə) appears. This is because the plosives were recorded with a schwa for clarity.

We hope you enjoy using this chart!

Please contact us at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org if you have any comments or ideas for future versions.

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Updated on
Mar 19, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

1.56K reviews
A Google user
September 19, 2018
The top line of the vowel section is shocking. Please note: not only is the 'ee' sound in 'sheep' longer than the vowel in 'ship', it's also different; your mouth changes shape. The 'oo' in 'book' and 'boot' also changes. Please do not rely on this app for those sounds. I hope the developers will sort the sounds out soon - this could have been such a useful app.
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A Google user
September 16, 2018
Please re-record the /I/. It's sounding like /I:/ (his,sit,fit & he's,seat,feet). Also, I know it's the British council but a feature to compare US phonemes would be awesome! (tomáto/tomàto). At the moment I advice my students to use SNL's sounds app as it has more features and is far more accurate. Quite shameful this many errors are endorced by the British Council of all institutes.
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Rachel - English at King's Church
September 20, 2023
I love to use this app with my students. However, recently it is coming up with an error message on some phones saying that the app is designed for an older phone and so some students can't download it. If this could be fixed, I would be happy to change to 5 stars.
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What's new

- We've added full support for the latest version of Android!
- We've re-recorded the phoneme sounds for much better audio quality!
- We've fixed an error in one of the phonemic symbols (thanks for your feedback!)
- We've made some other minor backend improvements to make the app work better

We hope you enjoy using the app. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please email us at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org with your ideas. Happy studying!