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The English Alphabet

This page shows the English alphabet, how to pronounce the letter individually, and how the letter takes on different pronunciations within words using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols. The frequency of occurrence of that pronunciation in a large collection of words is also shown, along with an example word. Use the Spelling exercise to train your ear to the sounds of English.

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Letter Capital Pronounce
aA
IPA Frequency Example
æ33.88%taxi 
ə28.99%pasta 
20.57%favour 
ɑ5.03%grandfather 
ɛ3.47%carrot 
a2.75%ladder 
ɪ1.92%orange 
ɔ1.63%wall 
ɒ1.23%swa
ʌ0.54%appointment 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%library 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%detective 
s22.81%fenc
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%ward 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%cherry 
ɪ22.88%detective 
ə18.90%peninsula 
i8.37%geography 
e4.39%vegetable 
ɪə1.70%beer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%fan 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%gate 
27.65%psychological 
ʒ4.48%hedg
d͡ʒ4.19%energ
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hand 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%cliff 
15.34%writing 
i4.64%pianist 
ə3.88%animal 
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%jacket 
d͡ʒ12.38%juice 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%kick 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%bel
ɫ1.39%beautiful 
əl0.60%real 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%microwave 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%pedestrian 
ŋ3.52%monkey 
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%microwave 
ɒ26.97%incongruous 
əʊ16.92%soldier 
o6.88%potato 
ʌ5.85%mother-in-law 
ɔ5.28%appointment 
ɑ5.11%stocking 
u1.55%sho
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%plate 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%grape 
r24.03%br
ə3.31%flour 
əɹ3.20%temperatur
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%surgeon 
z17.28%transport 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%usually 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%turning 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%nu
ju19.51%tissu
ə13.04%pressure 
u7.19%prune 
5.44%security 
ʊ4.93%usually 
ɪ1.44%lettuce 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%driver 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%wave 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%saxophone 
ɡ11.90%exactly 
3.17%luxury 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%twenty 
ɪ15.58%bicycle 
10.59%why 
j4.36%yacht 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%lizard