The International Phonetic Alphabet

V o w e l s

The following table displays and describes the different IPA vowels and diphthongs. Click on a vowel to hear an audio clip. (Note: The audio clips may not play well in the media bar of Internet Explorer. Use another player or download the links to disk.)

[i] forward vowelas in beet
[I] forward vowelas in bit
[e] forward vowelas in chaotic
[eI] diphthongas in bait
(character not available) forward vowelas in bet
[ae] diphthongas in bat
[a] forward vowelas in Boston
(as spoken by New Englanders)
[aI] diphthongas in by
[au] diphthongas in house
[u] back vowelas in boot
[ju] diphthongas in abuse
omega back vowelas in book
[o] back vowelas in pillow
(character not available) diphthongas in boat
open o back vowelas in awe
(character not available) diphthongas in boy
(character not available) back vowelas in father
(character not available) central vowel, stressedas in bud
(character not available) central vowel, unstressed (schwa)as in appeal
(character not available) central vowel with r, stressedas in burr
(character not available) central vowel with r, unstressed (hooked schwa)as in butter
(character not available) central vowel, r-lessas in bird