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 if you have any comments or ideas for future versions.

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What’s New

Version 2.0

* We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up, so that it works perfectly on the latest versions of iOS, and all the newest Apple devices.
* We’ve added an iPhone version, so you can now have the phonemic chart in your pocket.

Thanks for using LearnEnglish Sounds Right! Please send us an email at if you have any feedback or suggestions for future versions.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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1 Rating
Edu Gomes... ,


An excellent app

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for your feedback. If you are interested, do check out our LearnEnglish Grammar (UK ed.) app.

TeacherNick ,

Simple, clean and practical

Simple, clean interface with the sounds of English. Really useful for any learner of English and as a teacher I'll be using this a lot in the classroom. Thanks

domster_g ,

Perfectly simple

A delightfully straightforward app that does just what you want it to do, no more, no less. Thanks.


British Council
35.1 MB

Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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