Most common sounds

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Whenever letters are enclosed in slashes (/m/ or /oa/, for instance), it means that you should say the most common sounds for those letters. The most commons sounds are given below.

You can also find audio guides to pronouncing all of these sounds by clicking here.


  • a: hat
  • b: bat
  • c: cat
  • d: dot
  • e: bet
  • f: fat
  • g: got
  • h: hot
  • i: sit
  • j: jet
  • k: kit
  • l: let
  • m: mat
  • n: nut
  • o: not
  • p: pet
  • q: quit
  • r: rat
  • s: sat
  • t: top
  • u: cut
  • v: vet
  • w: wet
  • x: fox
  • y: yet
  • z: zoo
  • ai: wait
  • al: halt
  • ar: car
  • au: haul
  • aw: saw
  • ay: play
  • ch: chip
  • ea: beat
  • ee: tree
  • er: fern
  • igh: high
  • ir: bird
  • kn: know
  • oa: boat
  • oi: boil
  • ol: cold
  • oo: moon
  • or: fork
  • ou: cloud
  • oy: boy
  • ph: phone
  • qu: quit
  • sh: ship
  • th: thank
  • ur: fur
  • wh: whale
  • wr: wrap