International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

The International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA, is a series of symbols used to represent individual speech sounds.  These symbols are found in dictionaries and are commonly used throughout the world.

Consequently, differences and variations of symbols exist within the IPA.  For example, the phonetic symbols I, i, i: and iy are all acceptable symbols for the following sound:  

For these lessons and exercises, ESL Speech Connect will use the following symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Click the buttons to hear the sound.


i

  I

  ε

æ

a

u

Ʊ

ə,  Λ

e

aiy

  ow

   æow

  j

   ju

 ɚ,   ɝ

 θ  (unvoiced "th")   thin

 ð  (voiced "th")    this

        she

 ʒ pleasure

 t∫    chin

 dʒ   jog

 s     sing

 z     zoo

 p    pet

 b    baby

 t     tea

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