Phonetics is the branch of linguistics that examines sounds in a language. Phonetics describes these sounds using the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

The IPA uses a single symbol to describe each sound in a language. If a letter in a word is silent, there will be no IPA symbol used in the transcription.

This phonemic chart uses symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech (Received Pronunciation or RP).

/slashes/ are used for phonemic notations, which note only features that are distinctive in the language, without any extraneous detail.

Few Examples:

Word Transcription
Mobile /’məʊbaɪl/
Phone /’fəʊn/
Is /’ɪz/
Apple /’æpəl/
muscle /’mʌsəl/
a /’eɪ/
colour /’kʌlə/
cake /’keɪk/
family /’fæməlɪ/

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