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%banjo 
ə28.99%regiona
20.57%elevator 
ɑ5.03%bathroom 
ɛ3.47%airplane 
a2.75%cast 
ɪ1.92%mountain 
ɔ1.63%talk 
ɒ1.23%watch 
ʌ0.54%appointment 
bB
IPA Frequency Example
b100.00%blackboard 
cC
IPA Frequency Example
k77.19%bicycle 
s22.81%piec
dD
IPA Frequency Example
d100.00%bed 
eE
IPA Frequency Example
ɛ43.75%detective 
ɪ22.88%engineer 
ə18.90%seventy 
i8.37%regional 
e4.39%vegetable 
ɪə1.70%beer 
fF
IPA Frequency Example
f100.00%feud 
gG
IPA Frequency Example
ɡ62.93%sugar 
27.65%engineer 
ʒ4.48%judg
d͡ʒ4.19%charg
g0.75%grandmother 
hH
IPA Frequency Example
h100.00%hose 
iI
IPA Frequency Example
ɪ74.61%pillow 
15.34%lime 
i4.64%pedestrian 
ə3.88%anxious 
j0.76%onion 
ʌɪ0.76%idea 
jJ
IPA Frequency Example
87.62%banj
d͡ʒ12.38%jazz 
kK
IPA Frequency Example
k100.00%skin 
lL
IPA Frequency Example
l98.00%liquor 
ɫ1.39%beautiful 
əl0.60%cruel 
mM
IPA Frequency Example
m100.00%bottom 
nN
IPA Frequency Example
n96.48%pianist 
ŋ3.52%drin
oO
IPA Frequency Example
ə30.58%acto
ɒ26.97%orange 
əʊ16.92%stove 
o6.88%saxophone 
ʌ5.85%monkey 
ɔ5.28%helicopter 
ɑ5.11%photographer 
u1.55%sho
ʊ0.86%woman 
pP
IPA Frequency Example
p100.00%pull 
qQ
IPA Frequency Example
rR
IPA Frequency Example
ɹ69.46%string 
r24.03%geography 
ə3.31%flour 
əɹ3.20%security 
sS
IPA Frequency Example
s81.30%stomach 
z17.28%does 
ʃ0.74%sugar 
ʒ0.69%pleasure 
tT
IPA Frequency Example
t100.00%transport 
uU
IPA Frequency Example
ʌ48.46%hunter 
ju19.51%music 
ə13.04%luxury 
u7.19%ruler 
5.44%during 
ʊ4.93%sugar 
ɪ1.44%guitar 
vV
IPA Frequency Example
v100.00%cav
wW
IPA Frequency Example
w95.39%swim 
ʊ4.61%crowbar 
xX
IPA Frequency Example
ks84.92%saxophone 
ɡ11.90%exactly 
3.17%luxury 
yY
IPA Frequency Example
i69.47%ivory 
ɪ15.58%boy 
10.59%psychological 
j4.36%yellow 
zZ
IPA Frequency Example
z100.00%magazine 


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