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The Sounds of the Alphabet 

With this alphabet chart, understand how to say the names of the letters and read about all the sounds of each letter from the alphabet. These are the basic phonetic sounds for American English. To learn important sounds using free videos online, go to Pronunciation in English: 500 Words.

Letter

Sound of Letter Name

All sounds of letter

Examples

A, a

ā-ee (long a to long e, also spell "ay")

, ā, ah, ā-uh, uh

cat, late, all, and, around

B, b

Bee

buh

bike

C, c

See

kuh, suh

cake, city

D, d

Dee

duh

did

E, e

Ee

eh, ee, silent

bed, free, late

F, f

Ef

fuh

fed

G, g

Jee

guh, juh

glad, large

H, h

ā-ch

huh, silent

hotel, what

I, i

ah-ee

ah-ee, ĭ

light, sit

J, j

Jay

juh

jump

K, k

Kay

kuh

kite

L, l

El

luh, ul

lot, full

M, m

Em

muh

mother

N, n

En

nuh

nest

O, o

ō (oh)

ah, ō, uh, oo, ů

hot, slow, computer, fool, good

P, p

Pee

puh

put

Q, q

Kyoo (kyū)

kwuh

quick

R, r

Ah-r

ruh, ur

race, stir

S, s

Es

suh, zuh

stick, is

T, t

Tee

tuh, duh, N, silent, stopped tuh

table, better, mountain, interview, hot

U, u

Yoo (yū)

uh, yoo, oo,  ů

up, use, flute, full

V, v

Vee

vuh

very

W, w

Dubōyoo

wuh, silent

well, slow

X, x

Eks

ks, zuh

box, xylophone

Y, y

Wah-ee

yuh, ee, ah-ee (i), ĭ

yes, happy, try, cylinder

Z, z

Zee

zuh

zebra




     

    
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