The English alphabet has 26 letters. Click on each letter to hear it pronounced.
Learn more about pronunciation by clicking on English Letters.
- In English, the vowels are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y
- In American English (and my sound file), the letter Z is pronounced "zee." In most other places, it's pronounced "zed."
Many letters in English have more than one sound, or they can be silent.
To learn more about the sounds of letters in English and to hear sample words where these sounds occur, click one of these links.
The English vowels are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. Each of these can be pronounced at least three ways: as a long sound, as a short sound, and as a schwa.
Click on a vowel to learn all of the ways it can be pronounced and listen to sound files.
A E I O U Y
English Consonants Many English consonants have more than one sound, and some can be silent.
To learn more about English consonant sounds and to hear sample words where these sounds occur, click on a letter below.
B C D F G H J K L M N P Q R S T V W X Y Z