Free Resources – All the English Sounds

Get to know your English Pronunciation with this introduction to English Sounds.

English has over 40 different sounds. There are two types of sounds; vowel sounds and consonant sounds. All of them are listed below. Click to listen to each sound by itself and in words.

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As a non-native speaker it is likely that making some of these sounds correctly when you speak will be difficult for you. A Star Pronunciation course guides you through correcting the sounds that you find difficult.  Correcting these areas of English pronunciation will make your speech more like a native English speaker and make it easy for people to understand your English. The tool below will help you improve your English sounds, listening skills and awareness of syllable stress.

Listen carefully to the sounds you make.

English Vowel Sounds

Short Vowel

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/ɪ/ hit | pick | miss | tip

/e/ let | neck | mess | wet

/æ/ sat | back | hat | cap

/ɒ/ hot | sock | boss | top

/ʌ/ cut | luck | fuss | cup

/ʊ/ put | look | cook | good

/ə/ This vowel is in many weak syllables:
apart | pilot | carrot | minute


 

Now, let’s try the long vowels. Pay careful attention to how long the vowel is.

English Long Vowels

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/i:/ heat | peak | piece | leap

/a:/ start | dark | laugh | ask

/u:/ suit | threw | juice | soon

/ɔ:/ caught | pork | horse | form

/ɜ:/ hurt | work | nurse | sir


English Double Vowels
(Diphthong Vowels)

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/aɪ/ light | like | rice | ripe

/eɪ/ late | lake | race | train

/ɔɪ/ boy | choice | voice | noise

/aʊ/ about | found | house | down

/oʊ/ note | coke | hose | phone

/ɪə/ hear | near | fear | beer

/eə/ hair | share | pear | chair

/ʊə/ pure | tour | lure | cure


English Consonant Sounds

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Consonant Sounds

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/p/
/b/
pay | happy | cup
bay | trouble | rub

/t/
/d/
tip | letter | sat
dip | ladder | sad

/k/
/g/
came | talking | back
game | bigger | bag

/f/
/v/
fine | offer | off
vine | saving | of

/θ/
/ð/
thin | method | both
then | other | with


/s/
/z/
sue | missing | face
zoo | crazy | phase

/ʃ/
/ʒ/
show | pushing | rush
measure | asia | vision

/ʧ/
/ʤ/
choke | watching | catch
joke | charging | large |

/l/
love | follow | well
/m/
mail | humour | some
/n/
nail | funny | nine
/ŋ/
singer | sing
/h/
heal | perhaps
/r/
real | correct
/j/
you | beyond
/w/ we | showing


English Syllable Stress

The way we use the pitch of the voice to stress certain syllables in English is very important for speaking clearly. This makes the ‘music’ of English.

This is often a particularly difficult area for non-native speakers. With your Star Pronunciation Course you will learn how to hear and make the correct rhythm and stress in English words and sentences.

Listen carefully to the up and down of the voice.

English Syllable Stress

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politics
political
politicians

technique
technical
technology

economy
economic
economical

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