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IPA notation for American English

The International Phonetic Alphabet is a system of symbols that represent every sound in every language. American English IPA notation uses about 50 symbols.

This website can help your pronounce these sounds correctly.

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#

It looks like this: Click on "american english."
It looks like this: Click on "american english."

A window that looks like this will pop up:

It looks like this: Click on "american english." A window that looks like this will pop

CONSONANTS

This window has several parts that will help you. Click on "voice."

several parts that will help you. Click on "voice." Your screen will show these two categories:

Your screen will show these two categories:

"voice." Your screen will show these two categories: Every consonant sound in English is either voiced

Every consonant sound in English is either voiced or voiceless. (This just means that you either use your voicebox in your throat in order to pronounce it, or you don't.)

These are the voiced consonants:

throat in order to pronounce it, or you don't.) These are the voiced consonants: These are

These are the voiceless consonants

throat in order to pronounce it, or you don't.) These are the voiced consonants: These are

VOWELS

Every vowel in English is either a monopthong (it has one sound)

vowel in English is either a monopthong (it has one sound) or a diphthong (it has

or

a diphthong (it has two sounds that are pronounced together).

If you click on the monophthongs, you will get this screen: It will ask you to chose between three categories:

screen: It will ask you to chose between three categories: front monophthongs are pronounced in the
screen: It will ask you to chose between three categories: front monophthongs are pronounced in the

front monophthongs are pronounced in the front of the mouth.

central monophthongs are pronounced in the center of the mouth.

back monophthongs are pronounced in the back of the mouth.

FRONT:

are pronounced in the center of the mouth. back monophthongs are pronounced in the back of

CENTRAL:

CENTRAL: BACK: All the diphthongs are listed on one page:

BACK:

CENTRAL: BACK: All the diphthongs are listed on one page:

All the diphthongs are listed on one page:

CENTRAL: BACK: All the diphthongs are listed on one page:

It looks like this:

It looks like this: If you click on ANY of the sounds, you can see exactly

If you click on ANY of the sounds, you can see exactly how it is formed in American English. There are two PLAY buttons that will animate the screen.

One shows you what should happen inside your MOUTH.

screen. One shows you what should happen inside your MOUTH. One shows you what you should

One shows you what you should do with your lips.

what should happen inside your MOUTH. One shows you what you should do with your lips.

You will never have to guess again.