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%transport 
ə28.99%abortion 
20.57%page 
ɑ5.03%mask 
ɛ3.47%airplane 
a2.75%handkerchief 
ɪ1.92%chocolate 
ɔ1.63%walk 
ɒ1.23%yacht 
ʌ0.54%appointment 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%bottom 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%cough 
s22.81%juic
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%drain 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%elevator 
ɪ22.88%detective 
ə18.90%shove
i8.37%ceiling 
e4.39%vegetable 
ɪə1.70%deer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%furniture 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%incongruous 
27.65%engineer 
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%energ
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hunter 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%musi
15.34%spice 
i4.64%pianist 
ə3.88%cousi
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%idea 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%pajamas 
d͡ʒ12.38%jazz 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%desk 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%plumber 
ɫ1.39%silver 
əl0.60%real 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%computer 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%chimney 
ŋ3.52%drin
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%conductor 
ɒ26.97%body 
əʊ16.92%stove 
o6.88%sofa 
ʌ5.85%color 
ɔ5.28%fourteen 
ɑ5.11%hospital 
u1.55%cano
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%hip 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%drum 
r24.03%photographer 
ə3.31%furnitur
əɹ3.20%temperatur
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%chainsaw 
z17.28%desert 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%transport 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%thunder 
ju19.51%issu
ə13.04%beautifu
u7.19%flute 
5.44%during 
ʊ4.93%sugar 
ɪ1.44%biscuit 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%driver 
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%swim 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%sixteen 
ɡ11.90%exactly 
3.17%anxious 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%balcony 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%cry 
j4.36%lawyer 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%magazine 


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