This APP provides a unique and intuitive touch interface for exploring the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as numerous voice qualities and articulations. Simply press any symbol or label in the charts to see and hear an illustrative example. Test your knowledge by playing the random guessing games. Amazing laryngoscopic and ultrasound videos accompany sounds articulated in the throat! You can speed up and slow down all the video examples, view full-screen, and more! Press the INFO button on each screen to access additional information.

What’s New

Version 2.6

-requested feature: sound and videos are now audible regardless of mute-switch status!
-now you can view what the larynx looks like during various types of Laughter by getting the in-app purchase.
-additional small fixes here and there.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

jiah ,

Nearly perfect

This app exceeded my expectations. I got this app just because I wanted the audio for IPA sounds, but found videos which can have the playback edited, as well as a fun and helpful matching game.

My only criticisms are minor, and those are:
1. The interface, though very functional, could benefit from some more organization (for instance, the matching game is not distinct from the general playback area, and only serves to as a tool for confirmation).

2. It would be nice to be able to be able to choice a language and have only those phonemes from that language be accessible, so as to make things more simple and goal-oriented. Also it would serve as a helpful visual.

3. It would be nice also to be able to loop videos, or to choose your own pair of videos to loop so that you can choose a contrast of sounds and really get to know the differences.

However, these suggestions are minor, and this app does what it claims to do, and does it well.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for all the great suggestions. We will try to incorporate some of these in the future!

Heylola2 ,


This app is amazing. It has so many more sounds than a regular IPA app/chart. I really like being able to see the different views when the sound is being pronounced. I'm a linguistics major and I did use this frequently in my phonetics class. It really helped me memorize the less used and/or non-English sounds.
The only problem I have is that if I zoom in to the consonant chart, it sometimes makes it so I can't press any of the characters in the bottom row. Other than that, it's a fantastic app!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the kind words. The latest version should allow you better access to that bottom row.

Lidia Monroe ,

This is the one to get

Out of all the IPA apps available, this is definitely the one to get. It's very important when you're learning sounds to see the mouth and tongue as it is making the sound. This app shows clearly where the how to make the sound with your mouth and tongue. The sounds each have a very minor differences and these are clearly shown in a way not seen on other apps.


John Esling
373.6 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (6th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation).



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 John Esling
In-App Purchases
  1. Voice Qualities Plus $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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