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%piano 
ə28.99%anima
20.57%paper 
ɑ5.03%class 
ɛ3.47%carrot 
a2.75%handkerchief 
ɪ1.92%cabbage 
ɔ1.63%walk 
ɒ1.23%watch 
ʌ0.54%wasn't 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%crowbar 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%class 
s22.81%necklac
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%driver 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%temperature 
ɪ22.88%eleven 
ə18.90%pedestrian 
i8.37%ceiling 
e4.39%engineer 
ɪə1.70%beer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%furniture 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%frog 
27.65%surgeon 
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%herb 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%pianist 
15.34%vice 
i4.64%magazine 
ə3.88%cousi
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%require 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%jeans 
d͡ʒ12.38%juice 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%skin 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%voluptuous 
ɫ1.39%silver 
əl0.60%cruel 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%camel 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%laundry 
ŋ3.52%uncle 
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%onio
ɒ26.97%politician 
əʊ16.92%banjo 
o6.88%sofa 
ʌ5.85%glove 
ɔ5.28%bo
ɑ5.11%photographer 
u1.55%cano
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%grip 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%library 
r24.03%grip 
ə3.31%furnitur
əɹ3.20%temperatur
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%mustard 
z17.28%chees
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%hot 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%dru
ju19.51%pupil 
ə13.04%beautifu
u7.19%prune 
5.44%during 
ʊ4.93%butcher 
ɪ1.44%guitar 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%seventy 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%swan 
ʊ4.61%rainbow 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%six 
ɡ11.90%exactly 
3.17%luxury 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%sixty 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%cry 
j4.36%yacht 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%lizard 


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