The English alphabet

The English alphabet consists of 26 letters:
  • uppercase or capital letters: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z;
  • lowercase or sentence case letters: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z.
The phonetic transcriptions of these letters are always put into squared brackets [ ] and use letters and symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet. The IPA is used to tell you the pronunciation of a letter or a word. The symbol ":" means that you pronounce the vowel long.
What you see in these brackets [] is only how you pronounce the letter on its own (for example when you spell a word or say the alphabet).
Within a word, you sometimes pronounce a letter differently.
Listen to the pronunciation and the spelling of words that start with the letters from the alphabet.


  • A [eɪ]
    • a-n-d
    • a-f-t-e-r
    • a-p-p-l-e
  • B [biː]
    • b-a-n-a-n-a
    • b-a-t-h-r-o-o-m
    • b-o-y
  • C [siː]
    • c-a-r
    • c-o-a-t
    • c-o-l-o-u-r
  • D [diː]
    • d-o-g
    • d-r-e-a-m
    • d-o-l-l-a-r
  • E [iː]
    • e-l-e-p-h-a-n-t
    • e-y-e
    • e-x-t-r-e-m-e
  • F [ɛf]
    • f-i-n-g-e-r
    • f-o-u-r
    • f-i-r-e
  • G [dʒiː]
    • g-i-r-a-f-f-e
    • g-i-r-l
    • g-r-e-e-n
  • H [eɪtʃ]
    • h-o-t-e-l
    • h-a-p-p-y
    • h-o-l-i-d-a-y
  • I [aɪ]
    • i-m-a-g-e
    • i-s-l-a-n-d
    • I-n-d-i-a-n-a
  • J [dʒeɪ]
    • j-u-n-g-l-e
    • j-o-l-l-y
    • J-o-s-e-p-h-i-n-e
  • K [keɪ]
    • k-a-n-g-a-r-o-o
    • k-o-a-l-a
    • k-a-r-a-t-e
  • L [ɛl]
    • l-o-w
    • l-e-v-e-l
    • l-i-o-n
  • M [ɛm]
    • m-o-t-h-e-r
    • m-o-m-e-n-t
    • m-e-s-s
  • N [ɛn]
    • n-o
    • n-i-g-h-t
    • n-o-o-n
  • O [oʊ]
    • o-l-d
    • o-b-j-e-c-t
    • o-a-t
  • P [piː]
    • p-e-n-g-u-i-n
    • p-i-a-n-o
    • p-a-c-k-e-t
  • Q [kjuː]
    • q-u-i-e-t
    • Q-u-e-e-n
    • q-u-o-t-e
  • R [ɑr]
    • r-e-d
    • r-i-g-h-t
    • r-a-b-b-i-t
  • S [ɛs]
    • s-t-r-o-n-g
    • s-e-v-e-n
    • s-i-l-v-e-r
  • T [tiː]
    • t-e-a
    • t-h-o-u-s-a-n-d
    • t-w-o
  • U [juː]
    • u-s-e
    • u-n-f-a-i-r
    • u-n-d-e-r
  • V [viː]
    • v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n
    • v-e-r-y
    • v-a-m-p-i-r-e
  • W [ˈdʌbəl juː] say: double-ju
    • w-e-s-t
    • w-o-r-m
    • w-h-i-t-e
  • X [ɛks]
    • X-r-a-y
    • x-y-l-o-p-h-o-n-e
    • X-m-a-s
  • Y [waɪ]
    • y-a-r-d
    • y-e-l-l-o-w
    • y-e-a-h
  • Z [ziː] in American English, [zɛd] in British English
    • z-e-r-o
    • z-e-b-r-a
    • z-i-l-l-i-o-n
  • A = [eɪ] (a-n-d, a-f-t-e-r, a-p-p-l-e)
  • B = [biː] (b-a-n-a-n-a, b-a-t-h-r-o-o-m, b-o-y)
  • C = [siː] (c-a-r, c-o-a-t, c-o-l-o-u-r)
  • D = [diː] (d-o-g, d-r-e-a-m, d-o-l-l-a-r)
  • E = [iː] (e-l-e-p-h-a-n-t, e-y-e, e-x-t-r-e-m-e)
  • F = [ɛf] (f-i-n-g-e-r, f-o-u-r, f-i-r-e)
  • G = [dʒiː] (g-i-r-a-f-f-e, g-i-r-l, g-r-e-e-n)
  • H = [eɪtʃ] (h-o-t-e-l, h-a-p-p-y, h-o-l-i-d-a-y)
  • I = [aɪ] (i-m-a-g-e, i-s-l-a-n-d, I-n-d-i-a-n-a)
  • J = [dʒeɪ] (j-u-n-g-l-e, j-o-l-l-y, J-o-s-e-p-h-i-n-e)
  • K = [keɪ] (k-a-n-g-a-r-o-o, k-o-a-l-a, k-a-r-a-t-e)
  • L = [ɛl] (l-o-w, l-e-v-e-l, l-i-o-n)
  • M = [ɛm] (m-o-t-h-e-r, m-o-m-e-n-t, m-e-s-s)
  • N = [ɛn] (n-o, n-i-g-h-t, n-o-o-n)
  • O = [oʊ] (o-l-d, o-b-j-e-c-t, o-a-t)
  • P = [piː] (p-e-n-g-u-i-n-e, p-i-a-n-o, p-a-c-k-e-t)
  • Q = [kjuː] (q-u-i-e-t, Q-u-e-e-n, q-u-o-t-e)
  • R = [ɑr] (r-e-d, r-i-g-h-t, r-a-b-b-i-t)
  • S = [ɛs] (s-t-r-o-n-g, s-e-v-e-n, s-i-l-v-e-r)
  • T = [tiː] (t-e-a, t-h-o-u-s-a-n-d, t-w-o)
  • U = [juː] (u-s-e, u-n-f-a-i-r, u-n-d-e-r)
  • V = [viː] (v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n, v-e-r-y, v-a-m-p-i-r-e)
  • W = [ˈdʌbəl juː] say: double-ju (w-e-s-t, w-o-r-m, w-h-i-t-e)
  • X = [ɛks] (X-r-a-y, x-y-l-o-p-h-o-n-e, X-m-a-s)
  • Y = [waɪ] (y-a-r-d, y-e-l-l-o-w, y-e-a-h)
  • Z = [zɛd] in British English, [ziː] in American English (z-e-r-o, z-e-b-r-a, z-i-l-l-i-o-n)
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