The ultimate interactive English pronunciation tool, for both students AND teachers. Sounds helps you study, practise and play with pronunciation wherever you are.

Based on the best-selling book 'Sound Foundations' by pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill, the app features a fully-interactive Phonemic Chart for both British and American English.

You can look up and listen to words and phrases in the WORDLIST, plus record and compare your own pronunciation. All wordlists now come complete with definitions, powered by Macmillan English Dictionary Online. If you’re using a Macmillan coursebook, you can now buy additional wordlists directly inside the app.

PRACTISE your pronunciation reading, writing and listening skills
Test yourself with one of the pronunciation QUIZZES
Use the phonemic TYPEWRITER for free practice
LEARN with lesson plans, videos and top tips for teachers, and study hints for students

*** Winner of the British Council ELTons Award 2012 for 'Innovation in learner resources'. The judges felt that “This is a great app – it is easy to navigate, user-friendly, thorough, and, I am sure, innovative.” ***


► Interactive Phonemic Chart (British and American English) with high quality audio - tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.
► Work in British or American English, and switch between them at any time.
► Vocabulary Wordlist (with over 650 words):
- Phonemic transcriptions and audio
- Record your own pronunciation
- Purchase new wordlists from directly inside the app. Wordlists are available for popular Macmillan coursebooks, as well as topic-based lists. New wordlists feature vocabulary, phrases and audio recordings.
- Turn stress marks on or off to view the primary stress mark in the Wordlist, Practice, Quiz and Type sections.
► Practice Activities (Listen, Read and Write).
► Quizzes (‘3 Minutes’ & '3 Lives' modes) for listening, reading and writing.
► Phonemic Typewriter for free practice.
► ‘Introduction to the Chart' video featuring Adrian Underhill.
► Three downloadable lesson plans for teaching with the Sounds app.
► Top Ten Tips for Teachers.
► Top Ten Tips for Students.
► ‘Teaching with the Chart' – complete workshop video with Adrian Underhill.
► Full Instructions.


*** Some of the great user reviews we’ve received:

“Excellent app for teachers and students alike. Takes the guesswork out of pronunciation and helps with memorisation of the chart.”

“I’m an ESL teacher in Mexico and cannot tell you how handy this app will be in my classes. I simply love it!”

“I’ve been studying for a TEFL qualification and I wish I’d found this app sooner!”


For more information about the phonemic chart, the choice of vocabulary included in the Wordlists, and the benefits of Sounds: The Pronunciation App for both language teachers and students, visit the website at

What’s New

Version 3.42

- Fixed the networking security issue when downloading the content.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

odajay ,

Not optimized at all for iPad Pro 12

Beware if you're using an iPad Pro, the layout goes all over the place. I'll edit this review if it is corrected.


Expensive With Missing Sounds in the Chart

Negative review about the app:
1)It seems some sounds are missing in the chart like:
short e sound
ar sound
or sound.
The chart is very confusing because of missing sounds in the chart
If 'short e sound' is in there and then the notation of one of the sound is incorrect making another sound missing in the chart.

2) Once the app is paid for $5, pay $1 for every wordlists. There might 5 to 10 other wordlists bringing the app cost to $20. The business model of 'bring in the money' has completely outweighed the noble cause of app to teach and learn.

3) The chart takes long time to open.

Positive review about the app: The app is well organized, way better than most when it comes to practice and quiz. Hardly seen anyone offering practice and quiz for pronunciation of sounds.

Conclusion: Personally , I wouldn't buy it if I knew the faults, unless the wordlists comes in a one time payment package with free update of app and wordlists.

Sa-shadow ,

Will not show correctly

I’m using a iPad Pro 10.5. First, the app will not display correctly. When I click on an area - like the chart - 3/4 of the chart is displayed but the other part is not. If I turn the iPad horizontally, I still only see 3/4 of the chart.
This is the same for all areas of the app.
In WordList, the American pronunciations work but when I try to use the British pronunciations, the app locks up.
An extremely expensive app that does not work and I don’t know if I can return it or not.
iPad Pro users, save your money.


Springer Nature Limited
19.5 MB

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. General 2 American English $0.99
  2. General 2 British English $0.99
  3. openMind 2 $0.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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