iPA Phonetics 4+

IPA and Voice Production

John Esling

Designed for iPad

    • 4.2 • 56 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



This is the benchmark APP of all APPs for the International Phonetics Alphabet.
Enhanced Videos, Audio, and Illustrations are now available through in-app purchase!

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

4.2 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Ponoso3000 ,

Add feature to filter charts by language

Could u potentially add a feature where u can change the chart to only display the sounds from a particular language. I’m studying specifically English sounds and it’s difficult, especially from a beginner perspective to distinguish English and non English sounds

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.

App Privacy

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