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Free ESL Phonemics,Phonetics, Phonology&Pronunciation Resources

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Excellent pronunciation/phonology link from Okanagan University.
Here is the University of Iowa's world-class phonology page.
Below are more links to various pronunciation resources.
Tutorials and interactive exercises
  • Web Tutorials designed and maintained by John Maidment, System for Interactive Phonetics Training & Assessment. A number of excellent tutorials, some of which with .wav audio clips: Voicing Basics, Plosives (Basics), Plosives (VOT and aspiration), Sound Machines, Prosody on the Web.
  • Phonetics Laboratory was created by the University of Victoria in order to facilitate the understanding of phonetic theories explored in several UVic courses. It features PDB Live (an online phonetic database), IPA Lab (an interactive IPA chart), and The Voice Quality (a tutorial presently under construction).
  • The English Pronunciation Tip of the Day, by John Maidment, University College London, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics. Links to 120 excellent online phonetics exercises, many of which with .wav audio clips.
  • alt.usage.english offers FAQ help, an ASCII IPA Guide with audio examples from English, an Audio Archive with sound samples spoken by English speakers from around the world, and many other features.
  • A Course in Phonetics and Vowels and Consonants, sets of illustrations and audio demos supporting the phonetics text books by Peter Ladefoged, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Stirling University's on-line phonology course. This course has been designed as a self-access course for all those interested in learning the script and identifying the sounds of the phonology of R.P. (Received Pronunciation).
  • Online phonetics course, brought to you by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Lausanne.
  • International Phonetic Alphabet Project, created by the English Department of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. The English Phonetic Alphabet site offers phonetic descriptions, recordings, spectrograph images, and animations of the oral cavity producing the sounds of English.
  • Speech Internet Dictionary, by John Maidment (UCL), provides concise definitions of technical terms used in phonetics, phonology, speech and hearing science and allied disciplines.
  • Phthong is a computer program to learn to transcribe English, available through the net, developed by Henry Rogers and Michael Stairs, University of Toronto.
  • The Transcriber is a program designed to help you to learn phonetic symbols, developed by John Maidment, University College London, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics.
  • The Vowel Machine is a program designed to help you to learn to recognise English vowel sounds, developed by John Maidment, University College London, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics.
  • Vgrid is a program that provides practice in the use of the vowel quadrilateral, developed by John Maidment, University College London, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics.
  • American English Pronunciation Practice, by Charles I. Kelly, offers minimal pairs practice and quizzes.
  • Sounds of English, is a website designed for learners of English and their teachers. It combines material made by both Sharon Widmayer (George Washington University) and Holly Gray (American University).



  • Ontsluiting Geluidsdemonstraties. The aim of this project (opleiding Fonetiek, Utrecht University) is to distribute audio demonstrations used in Phonetics courses, so that students can consult these demonstrations for private study. This nice collection of demos includes .wav clips of the cardinal vowels, spoken by Daniel Jones in 1956.
  • American English audio demos, made available by the International Phonetic Association.
  • Demos and Illustrations, University of California, Los Angeles Phonetics Labs, features sample audio files and animations of the vocal folds and articulators in motion during speech.
  • Interactive Demonstrations, a list of links maintained by Mark Huckvale at University College, London.
  • Phonetic Resources (with .wav clips), by George Dillon, University of Washington, with all sorts of info, demos, and links.
  • Abramson/Lisker VOT stimuli, the original synthetic speech stimuli of the Voice Onset Time experiments, made available by Haskins Laboratories.
  • Speech Analysis Tutorial, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, Lund University, Sweden.
  • X-Ray Data Base for Speech Research (Kevin Munhall, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) offers x-ray videos of speech production.



  • IPA chart, from the International Phonetic Association website.
  • Interactive IPA chart, by Peter Ladefoged, University of California, Los Angeles. Click on any part of this chart to see the symbols and hear the sounds.
  • Interactive chart of English consonants and interactive chart of English vowels, from the International Phonetic Alphabet Project site. Click the sound and you will be presented with a recording and an animation of the oral cavity producing the sound.
  • IPA Lab at University of Victoria (Canada). Select an IPA chart and click on a symbol to hear the sound and see its name.
  • Interactive Sagittal Section, created by Daniel Currie Hall, University of Toronto at Scarborough. Use the radio buttons to change voicing, nasality, lip position, and tongue position.
  • Minimal pairs for RP, English homophones and homographs, created by John Higgins, University of Sterling. (No sound clips here!)
  • Mirriam-Webster Online. When you see a red audio icon next to an entry word, you may click on it to hear the word pronounced by real voices. Multiple icons will be displayed when variant pronunciations are available. (American English.)
  • TTS: Synthesis of audible speech from text, a research version of Next-Generation Text-To-Speech (TTS) from AT&T Labs. Enter your own text and click to hear in it American English.
  • L&H RealSpeak(tm), a demo of Lernout & Hauspie's commercial text-to-speech system, featuring American and British English.
  • Bell Labs Text-to-Speech Synthesis, an online TTS demo from Lucent Technologies. Try the American English demo.
  • The Internet Institute for Speech and Hearing is a virtual centre of expertise in the science and technology of human spoken communication, maintained by Mark Huckvale, University College London.
  • Windows Tool for Speech Analysis (WASP), a downoadable program for the recording, display and analysis of speech, made available by University College London, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics.
  • PRAAT: doing phonetics by computer, designed and maintained by Paul Boersma and David Weenink, Institute of Phonetic Sciences, University of Amsterdam, offers a variety of tools for phonetic analysis. Note: for advanced students only.


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