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%anxious 
ə28.99%addition 
20.57%elevator 
ɑ5.03%class 
ɛ3.47%carrot 
a2.75%cabbage 
ɪ1.92%cabbage 
ɔ1.63%walk 
ɒ1.23%yacht 
ʌ0.54%wasn't 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%broom 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%cast 
s22.81%cereal 
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%dashboard 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%ferry 
ɪ22.88%blanke
ə18.90%ove
i8.37%regional 
e4.39%helicopter 
ɪə1.70%deer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%beautiful 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%dog 
27.65%vegetable 
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hospital 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%decision 
15.34%knife 
i4.64%taxi 
ə3.88%anxious 
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%idea 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%pajamas 
d͡ʒ12.38%jazz 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%rak
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%petrol 
ɫ1.39%beautiful 
əl0.60%cruel 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%tomato 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%appointmen
ŋ3.52%uncle 
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%tomato 
ɒ26.97%song 
əʊ16.92%cold 
o6.88%groceries 
ʌ5.85%oven 
ɔ5.28%fourteen 
ɑ5.11%photographer 
u1.55%cano
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%transport 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%rake 
r24.03%stretcher 
ə3.31%flour 
əɹ3.20%during 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%scream 
z17.28%crimson 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%nut 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%cupboard 
ju19.51%issu
ə13.04%pressure 
u7.19%ruler 
5.44%security 
ʊ4.93%sugar 
ɪ1.44%lettuce 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%driver 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%woman 
ʊ4.61%rainbow 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%sixty 
ɡ11.90%exactly 
3.17%anxious 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%energy 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%psychiatrist 
j4.36%yacht 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%razor 


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