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%apple 
ə28.99%pedestria
20.57%bracelet 
ɑ5.03%grandfather 
ɛ3.47%chair 
a2.75%ladder 
ɪ1.92%mountain 
ɔ1.63%salt 
ɒ1.23%swallow 
ʌ0.54%wasn't 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%bowl 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%helicopter 
s22.81%necklac
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%heard 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%le
ɪ22.88%eleven 
ə18.90%continent 
i8.37%ceiling 
e4.39%helicopter 
ɪə1.70%beer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%frog 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%glove 
27.65%cabbag
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hot 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%incongruous 
15.34%nineteen 
i4.64%taxi 
ə3.88%anxious 
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%judge 
d͡ʒ12.38%jaw 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%kitchen 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%lemon 
ɫ1.39%beautiful 
əl0.60%real 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%motor 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%pension 
ŋ3.52%sin
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%violin 
ɒ26.97%continent 
əʊ16.92%wardrobe 
o6.88%motorcycle 
ʌ5.85%tongue 
ɔ5.28%appointment 
ɑ5.11%hospital 
u1.55%cano
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%tap 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%bread 
r24.03%pressure 
ə3.31%flour 
əɹ3.20%security 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%storm 
z17.28%doesn't 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%shout 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%puzzle 
ju19.51%musician 
ə13.04%pleasure 
u7.19%prune 
5.44%during 
ʊ4.93%push 
ɪ1.44%guitar 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%driver 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%twelve 
ʊ4.61%rainbow 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%tax
ɡ11.90%exit 
3.17%anxious 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%fifty 
ɪ15.58%bicycle 
10.59%psychological 
j4.36%yellow 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%lizard 


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