New Version (February 2016) includes:
- New improved interface (including Tablet improvements)
- English Dictionary search
- Text translations for: Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) (English version only)

Future updates will contain a speech anatomy section.

This application was originally designed at the University of Iowa to help students learning how the sounds of different languages are produced. Since its production, it has become a milestone for phonetics teaching tools around the globe.

Sounds of Speech™ provides a comprehensive understanding of how, physiologically, each of the speech sounds of American English is formed. It includes animations, videos, and audio samples that describe the essential features of each of the consonants and vowels of American English. Sounds of Speech™ is especially useful for students studying English as a second language. Features include:

- A real-time animated articulatory diagram for each consonant and vowel.
- An annotated step-by-step description of how each speech sound is produced.
- Facial view video (not available for Android 2.2 and 2.3) and audio samples for each speech sound.
- Navigation that reflects the classification of consonants by manner, place or voicing and of vowels by tongue position.
- An interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy.
- Ability to see and hear native speakers pronounce sound for each consonant and vowel.

Please send any questions or issues to

(If you bought the version prior to Jan 2nd 2014 and would like an update to the newest version please contact us at, thank you and we apologize for the inconvenience )
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What's New

- Choose between Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and English translations
- An English to IPA dictionary
- A more user friendly interface
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Additional Information

Eligible for Family Library
Eligible if bought after 7/2/2016. Learn More
February 9, 2016
Current Version
Requires Android
4.0 and up
Content Rating
Offered By
University of Iowa Research Foundation
University of Iowa Research Foundation 6 Gilmore Hall 112 N. Capitol Street Iowa City, IA 52242-5500
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