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.


Letter Capital Pronounce
aA
IPA Frequency Example
æ33.88%fa
ə28.99%pedestria
20.57%elevator 
ɑ5.03%mask 
ɛ3.47%stairs 
a2.75%ladder 
ɪ1.92%mountain 
ɔ1.63%walk 
ɒ1.23%swa
ʌ0.54%wasn't 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%herb 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%dictionary 
s22.81%danc
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%does 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%pressure 
ɪ22.88%detective 
ə18.90%lavender 
i8.37%appreciate 
e4.39%vegetable 
ɪə1.70%zero 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%fifteen 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%pig 
27.65%orang
ʒ4.48%hedg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hail 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%mirror 
15.34%violin 
i4.64%magazine 
ə3.88%anxious 
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%judge 
d͡ʒ12.38%jazz 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%sink 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%lawyer 
ɫ1.39%beautiful 
əl0.60%cruel 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%hom
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%continen
ŋ3.52%drin
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%liquo
ɒ26.97%bonnet 
əʊ16.92%zero 
o6.88%saxophone 
ʌ5.85%grandmother 
ɔ5.28%oil 
ɑ5.11%stocking 
u1.55%sho
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%voluptuous 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%rice 
r24.03%laundr
ə3.31%flour 
əɹ3.20%security 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%mas
z17.28%crimson 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%truck 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%butterfly 
ju19.51%tissu
ə13.04%pressure 
u7.19%ruler 
5.44%security 
ʊ4.93%push 
ɪ1.44%biscuit 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%eleven 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%would 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%ax
ɡ11.90%exit 
3.17%luxury 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%beauty 
ɪ15.58%bicycle 
10.59%psychological 
j4.36%lawyer 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%lizard 


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