IPA International Phonetic Alphabet

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International Phonetic Alphabet Sounds In Everyday Speech       

Short Vowels

IPA SymbolWord examples
eWent, intend, send, letter.
æCat, hand, nap, flat, have.
ʌFun, love, money, one, London, come.
ʊPut, look, should, cook, book, look.
ɒRob, top, watch, squat, sausage.
əAlive, again, mother.

Long Vowels

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

Diphthong Vowels

IPA SymbolWord examples
ɪəNear, ear, clear, tear, beer, fear
Hair, there, care, stairs, pear
Face, space, rain , case, eight
ɔɪJoy, employ, toy, coil, oyster.
My, sight, pride, kind, flight
əʊNo, don’t, stones, alone, hole
Mouth, house, brown, cow, out

Consonants Sounds: Fricatives

IPA SymbolWord examples
fFull, Friday, fish, knife.
vVest, village, view, cave.
θThought, think, Bath. 
ð There, those, brothers, others.
zZoo, crazy, lazy, zigzag, nose.
ʃShirt, rush, shop, cash.
ʒTelevision, delusion, casual
hHigh, help, hello.

Consonants Sounds: Plosives

IPA SymbolWord examples
pPin, cap, purpose, pause.
bBag, bubble, build, robe.
tTime, train, tow, late.
dDoor, day, drive, down, feed.
kCash, quick, cricket, sock.
gGirl, green, grass, flag.

Consonants Sounds: Affricates

IPA SymbolWord examples
ʈʃChoose, cheese, church, watch.
Joy, juggle, juice, stage.

Consonants Sounds: Nasals

IPA SymbolWord examples
mRoom, mother, mad, more.
nNow, nobody, knew, turn.
ŋKing, thing, song, swimming.

Consonants Sounds: Approximants

IPA SymbolWord examples
rRoad, roses, river, ring, ride.
jYellow, usual, tune, yesterday, yard.
wWall, walk, wine, world.
l and ɫLaw, lots, leap, long, pill, cold, chill, melt.