schwaWelcome to the Pronunciation section of EnglishClub, where you'll find lessons and resources on the way we pronounce or say words in English, many with audio so you can listen.

What is Pronunciation? Pronunciation refers to the way in which we make the sound of words...

Pronunciation Terms Glossary of words and expressions used when talking about pronunciation

English is not Phonetic
speaker iconAlways remember that English is not "phonetic". That means that we do not always say a word the same way that we spell it.

Interactive Phonemic Chart
speaker iconClick to hear each symbol and sample word. The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech.

interactive phonemic chart  phonemic chart

Printable Phonemic Chart
The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech.

Pronouncing the Alphabet
speaker iconListen to how we say the letters of the alphabet; and learn how to pronounce them correctly.

Phonemic Character Keyboard ~ helps you type those fancy IPA symbols like /ʤ/ or /ə/

Word Stress

speaker iconThe secret key to English pronunciation! Many languages don't use word stress but English does, and so must you! With Quiz

Sentence Stress

speaker iconLike word stress, sentence stress is a fundamental part of the English language. Your English pronunciation will improve immediately if you start using sentence stress!


speaker iconLinking is important in English. When we say a sentence, we join or "link" many of the words.


Homophones are words that have exactly the same sound (pronunciation) but different meanings and (usually) spelling. For example: hour/our or to/too/two

Minimal Pairs

Words that vary by a single sound, for example cat/cut, or fly/fry
EnglishClub STAR Members
Improve your pronunciation with MyEC - Join the Audio Speaking Group on MyEnglishClub and practise reciting our weekly podcasts. Teachers and advanced learners will give you pronunciation tips aided by the interactive phonemic chart.

English Phonetic Spelling
When speaking on the telephone, it is sometimes useful to spell a word using English Phonetic Spelling.

Contractions Pronunciation
Table of contractions for the verbs be, have and will, with homophones and pronunciation tips

How to Pronounce -ed
speaker iconHow do we pronounce the -ed in words like worked, played, divided? Learn to pronounce -ed here.

How to Pronounce the
How do we know when to say "the" or "thee"?

When to Say a or an
How do we know when to use the indefinite article a or an?

What is it?
speaker iconWhat is Catherine Fanshawe talking about in this strange poem? And why is this riddle in the EnglishClub pronunciation section?

English Tongue-Twisters

Tongue-twisters are phrases that "twist your tongue". These English tongue-twisters are very difficult to say, even for native English speakers!