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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%ha
ə28.99%balloon 
20.57%refrigerator 
ɑ5.03%grandfather 
ɛ3.47%tomato 
a2.75%cabbage 
ɪ1.92%cabbage 
ɔ1.63%chalk 
ɒ1.23%watch 
ʌ0.54%wasn't 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%bend 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%alcohol 
s22.81%ric
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%blackboard 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%pension 
ɪ22.88%enough 
ə18.90%came
i8.37%ceiling 
e4.39%helicopter 
ɪə1.70%deer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%favour 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%grape 
27.65%vegetable 
ʒ4.48%hedg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%home 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%rabbi
15.34%rice 
i4.64%serious 
ə3.88%penci
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%idea 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%banj
d͡ʒ12.38%juice 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%snak
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%pupil 
ɫ1.39%silver 
əl0.60%cruel 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%plum 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%magazin
ŋ3.52%blanket 
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%microwave 
ɒ26.97%politician 
əʊ16.92%ocean 
o6.88%motorcycle 
ʌ5.85%oven 
ɔ5.28%floor 
ɑ5.11%hospital 
u1.55%sho
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%plumber 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%drain 
r24.03%triangle 
ə3.31%requir
əɹ3.20%security 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%street 
z17.28%transport 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%flut
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%duck 
ju19.51%usually 
ə13.04%pleasure 
u7.19%prune 
5.44%during 
ʊ4.93%butcher 
ɪ1.44%guitar 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%detectiv
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%woman 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%saxophone 
ɡ11.90%exit 
3.17%anxious 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%eighty 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%psychological 
j4.36%lawyer 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%razor 


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