The ultimate interactive English pronunciation tool, for both students AND teachers. Sounds helps you study, practise and play with pronunciation wherever you are.

Based on the best-selling book 'Sound Foundations' by pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill, the app features a fully-interactive Phonemic Chart for both British and American English.

You can look up and listen to words and phrases in the WORDLIST, plus record and compare your own pronunciation. All wordlists now come complete with definitions, powered by Macmillan English Dictionary Online. If you’re using a Macmillan coursebook, you can now buy additional wordlists directly inside the app.

PRACTISE your pronunciation reading, writing and listening skills
Test yourself with one of the pronunciation QUIZZES
Use the phonemic TYPEWRITER for free practice
LEARN with lesson plans, videos and top tips for teachers, and study hints for students

*** Winner of the British Council ELTons Award 2012 for 'Innovation in learner resources'. The judges felt that “This is a great app – it is easy to navigate, user-friendly, thorough, and, I am sure, innovative.” ***


► Interactive Phonemic Chart (British and American English) with high quality audio - tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.
► Work in British or American English, and switch between them at any time.
► Vocabulary Wordlist (with over 650 words):
- Phonemic transcriptions and audio
- Record your own pronunciation
- Purchase new wordlists from directly inside the app. Wordlists are available for popular Macmillan coursebooks, as well as topic-based lists. New wordlists feature vocabulary, phrases and audio recordings.
- Turn stress marks on or off to view the primary stress mark in the Wordlist, Practice, Quiz and Type sections.
► Practice Activities (Listen, Read and Write).
► Quizzes (‘3 Minutes’ & '3 Lives' modes) for listening, reading and writing.
► Phonemic Typewriter for free practice.
► ‘Introduction to the Chart' video featuring Adrian Underhill.
► Three downloadable lesson plans for teaching with the Sounds app.
► Top Ten Tips for Teachers.
► Top Ten Tips for Students.
► ‘Teaching with the Chart' – complete workshop video with Adrian Underhill.
► Full Instructions.


*** Some of the great user reviews we’ve received:

“Excellent app for teachers and students alike. Takes the guesswork out of pronunciation and helps with memorisation of the chart.”

“I’m an ESL teacher in Mexico and cannot tell you how handy this app will be in my classes. I simply love it!”

“I’ve been studying for a TEFL qualification and I wish I’d found this app sooner!”


For more information about the phonemic chart, the choice of vocabulary included in the Wordlists, and the benefits of Sounds: The Pronunciation App for both language teachers and students, visit the website at

What's New

Version 3.42

- Fixed the networking security issue when downloading the content.

Ratings and Reviews



Access to free lesson plans? NO! You are led to believe there are actual lesson plans available, but there are just general ideas that amount to about 6 pages on setting up your own. Very disappointing. To have access to real lesson plans at this site, one must subscribe. Very misleading....

This is my tools to study my pronunciation of American English



This application is awesome to learn English sound. Good quality sounds and fun and easy to learn. But two improvements will be fine to raise more my level of satisfaction.

I'm a French Canadian learning Canadian English. The Canadian English language is not American or British language, but a mix of both. I find that unfortunate we have never nobody to make an application with sound pronunciations and vocabularies for our country. I know that implies more money to make that, but you will find new customers.

The second improvement is about your vocabulary databases. Why we aren't not able to tag words in your databases as favorite and able to review and practice later with their sound in a new list.

I have to write down on a paper the words that I have to practice and search again inside database to play the sound. It's not useful. The application will be more complete with this feature.
In average it's a very good application of high quality.

Best regards

Sylvain Soucis, BC, Canada

Wonderful tool!


Good for both teachers and students!


Springer Nature Limited
19.5 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Macmillan Publishers Ltd
In-App Purchases
  1. General 2 American English $1.39
  2. openMind 3 $1.39
  3. openMind Essentials $1.39


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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