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English Pronunciation

Pronunciation

Welcome to EnglishClub Pronunciation for ESL learners, where you'll find lessons and resources on the way we say words in English, many with audio for you to listen to.

What is Pronunciation?

Word Stress audio icon
The secret key to speaking English! Many languages don't use word stress but English does, and so must you! With Quiz

Sentence Stress audio icon
Like word stress, sentence stress is a fundamental part of the English language. Your speech will improve immediately if you start using sentence stress!

Linking audio icon
Linking is important in English. When we say a sentence, we join or "link" many of the words.

Homophones
Homophones are words that have exactly the same sound 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

Pronunciation Terms
Glossary of words and expressions

English is not Phonetic audio icon
Always 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 audio icon
Click to hear each symbol and sample word. The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech.

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

Pronouncing the Alphabet audio icon
Listen to how we say the letters of the alphabet; and learn how to pronounce them correctly.

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

Pronunciation Power

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

How to Pronounce -ed audio icon
How do we say the -ed in words like worked, played, divided?

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

How to Pronounce Contractions
Table of contractions for the verbs be, have and will, with homophones and speaking tips

What is it? audio icon
What is Catherine Fanshawe talking about in this strange poem?

English Tongue-Twisters
Tongue-twisters are phrases that "twist your tongue"!

Phonemic Character Keyboard
Helps you type those fancy IPA symbols like /ʤ/ or /ə/.

You can always play these online pronunciation games to help improve your speaking.