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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.


Letter Capital Pronounce
aA
IPA Frequency Example
æ33.88%land 
ə28.99%balloon 
20.57%favour 
ɑ5.03%glass 
ɛ3.47%airplane 
a2.75%ladder 
ɪ1.92%mountain 
ɔ1.63%walk 
ɒ1.23%yacht 
ʌ0.54%appointment 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%body 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%bicycle 
s22.81%bracelet 
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%drink 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%be
ɪ22.88%blanke
ə18.90%seventy 
i8.37%regional 
e4.39%vegetable 
ɪə1.70%deer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%fourteen 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%girl 
27.65%surgeon 
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hip 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%refrigerator 
15.34%lime 
i4.64%serious 
ə3.88%security 
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%judge 
d͡ʒ12.38%jaw 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%kick 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%luxury 
ɫ1.39%silver 
əl0.60%real 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%meat 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%nod 
ŋ3.52%drin
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%pilo
ɒ26.97%psychological 
əʊ16.92%note 
o6.88%groceries 
ʌ5.85%so
ɔ5.28%appointment 
ɑ5.11%photographer 
u1.55%cano
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%puzzle 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%brush 
r24.03%pressure 
ə3.31%flour 
əɹ3.20%during 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%song 
z17.28%crimson 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%usually 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%painter 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%dru
ju19.51%used 
ə13.04%beautifu
u7.19%flute 
5.44%during 
ʊ4.93%usually 
ɪ1.44%guitar 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%valley 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%wasn't 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%sixteen 
ɡ11.90%exactly 
3.17%luxury 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%ferry 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%why 
j4.36%yellow 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%freezer 


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