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%garage 
ə28.99%pianist 
20.57%face 
ɑ5.03%banana 
ɛ3.47%hair 
a2.75%cast 
ɪ1.92%mountain 
ɔ1.63%chalk 
ɒ1.23%watch 
ʌ0.54%wasn't 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%banana 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%called 
s22.81%ceiling 
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%stand 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%temperature 
ɪ22.88%trumpe
ə18.90%ove
i8.37%regional 
e4.39%helicopter 
ɪə1.70%cereal 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%freezer 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%dog 
27.65%refrigerator 
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%energ
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hedge 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%bridge 
15.34%microwave 
i4.64%broccoli 
ə3.88%pupi
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%banj
d͡ʒ12.38%juice 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%look 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%psychological 
ɫ1.39%beautiful 
əl0.60%real 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%mouth 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%pain
ŋ3.52%uncle 
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%colo
ɒ26.97%doctor 
əʊ16.92%zero 
o6.88%rainbo
ʌ5.85%sponge 
ɔ5.28%floor 
ɑ5.11%stocking 
u1.55%sho
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%pianist 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%bread 
r24.03%religion 
ə3.31%requir
əɹ3.20%during 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%sister 
z17.28%hos
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%beaut
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%nu
ju19.51%pupil 
ə13.04%luxury 
u7.19%prune 
5.44%security 
ʊ4.93%pull 
ɪ1.44%biscuit 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%silver 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%woman 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%ax
ɡ11.90%exit 
3.17%anxious 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%energy 
ɪ15.58%bicycle 
10.59%butterfly 
j4.36%lawyer 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%magazine 


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