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The Phonemic Chart

There are roughly 44 sounds in English. Unfortunately, there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet. So, if you're concentrating on the sounds of English, then you need 44 characters to represent them all. One way of doing this is to use the 'phonemic alphabet', which has some extra characters to represent the sounds in English for which there is no clear equivalent letter or letters.

The chart below contains all of these characters. Click on a symbol to hear the sound it represents.