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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%axe 
ə28.99%musicia
20.57%radio 
ɑ5.03%mask 
ɛ3.47%carrot 
a2.75%cabbage 
ɪ1.92%orange 
ɔ1.63%wall 
ɒ1.23%watch 
ʌ0.54%appointment 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%blue 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%music 
s22.81%bracelet 
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%does 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%elevator 
ɪ22.88%trumpe
ə18.90%peninsula 
i8.37%regional 
e4.39%engineer 
ɪə1.70%cereal 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%fifteen 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%drug 
27.65%geography 
ʒ4.48%hedg
d͡ʒ4.19%energ
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%honey 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%religion 
15.34%smile 
i4.64%serious 
ə3.88%cousi
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%jeans 
d͡ʒ12.38%jazz 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%desk 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%flood 
ɫ1.39%silver 
əl0.60%cruel 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%enem
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%nappy 
ŋ3.52%anxious 
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%botto
ɒ26.97%no
əʊ16.92%hose 
o6.88%crowbar 
ʌ5.85%monkey 
ɔ5.28%appointment 
ɑ5.11%photographer 
u1.55%sho
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%pilot 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%ivor
r24.03%geography 
ə3.31%furnitur
əɹ3.20%security 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%sign 
z17.28%wasn't 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%usually 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%truck 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%dru
ju19.51%issu
ə13.04%beautifu
u7.19%ruler 
5.44%security 
ʊ4.93%butcher 
ɪ1.44%guitar 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%television 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%swan 
ʊ4.61%rainbow 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%tax
ɡ11.90%exit 
3.17%luxury 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%cherry 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%cry 
j4.36%lawyer 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%magazine