English alphabet symbols english — that is, in A. Gimson’s phonemic system with a few additional symbols. The chart represents British and American phonemes with one symbol.
One symbol can mean two different phonemes in American and British English. See the footnotes for British-only and American-only symbols. Two English words which use the sound. The underline shows where the sound is heard. The links labeled AM and BR play sound recordings where the words are pronounced in American and British English.
The British version is given only where it is very different from the American version. To print the chart, use the printable PDF version. Almost all dictionaries use the e symbol for the vowel in bed. The same goes for eə vs. In AmE, the ʳ is always pronounced, and the sounds are sometimes written as ɚ and ɝ. In AmE, ɑ: and ɒ are one vowel, so calm and cot have the same vowel. In American transcriptions, hot is written as hɑ:t.