40 Phonetic symbols with examples in English

Phonetic symbols with examples in English

Phonetic symbols with examples in English!

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system that assigns each symbol to a certain English sound. You can learn exactly how to pronounce a word in English by using IPA. This enhances English pronunciation and gaining confidence when speaking the language. Here are some examples of IPA in everyday English words. By saying the words, you can practice various vowel and consonant sounds. This is one method for improving your English pronunciation.

Consonants Phonetic symbols with examples

n    nice, funny, know, sun

z    music, buzz, zero, roses

ŋ    anger, sung, ring, thanks

p    pen, happen, copy

j     yet, beauty, use, few

ʔ    (glottal stop) football, department,

ʒ    vision, pleasure

b    back, job, baby

d    day, odd, ladder

ʃ    ship, national, sure

tʃ   church, nature, match

ð    this, smooth, other

dʒ  judge, soldier, age

m   more, sum, hammer

f     fat, rough, coffee, photo

w   wet, when, one, queen

h    hot, ahead, whole

t     tea, button, tight

r    right, sorry, wrong, arrange

s    soon, sister, cease

θ    thing, path, author

g    get, ghost, giggle

l     light, feel, valley

v    view, move, heavy

k    key, school, clock

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Vowels Phonetic symbols with examples in English

ɜː  nurse, learn, stir, refer

ɪə  near, weary, here

ə   about, standard, common

ɪ    kit, hymn, bid, minute

n̩   cotton, suddenly,

ˈ    (stress mark)

ɑː  father, start

e   dress, head, bed, many

ɒ   lot, wash, odd

eə  square. fair, various

iː   fleece, machine, sea

əʊ goat, no, show

eɪ  face, break, day

ʊə poor, cure, jury

aɪ  price, try, high

l̩    middle, metal

ɔː  thought, north, law, war

æ   trap, bad

u   thank you, situation, influence

mouth, now

uː  goose, blue, two, group

ʊ   foot, put, good

i    happy, glorious, radiate

ɔɪ  choice, boy

ʌ    strut, love, mud, blood

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Phonetic symbols with examples in English

Long Vowels

IPA Symbol Word examples
ɜ: third, heard, turn. Nurse
ɑ: hard, car, bath. Fast
ɔ:  jaw, bored, law, yawn, Talk
i: team, beat, Need
u:  fruit, lose, boot, gloomy, Few

Short Vowels

IPA Symbol Word examples
ɒ  watch, Rob, squat, top
e  send, Went, letter, intend
ə  mother, Alive,, again
æ  nap, Cat, flat, hand
ʌ  money, Fun, one, love
ʊ  should, Put, cook, look

Diphthong Vowels

IPA Symbol  Word examples 
 flight, My, pride, sight, kind
ɪə Beer, Near, clear, ear, tear, fear
 out, Mouth, brown, house, cow
əʊ  hole, No, stones, don’t, alone
 pear, Hair, care, there, stairs
 eight, Face, rain , space, case
ɔɪ  oyster, Joy, toy, employ, coil

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