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Sounds: The Pronunciation App

About Sounds: The Pronunciation App

Sounds: The Pronunciation App is the most comprehensive English pronunciation tool, for both students and teachers. The app is created by Macmillan Education, one of the leading publishers for English learning materials, and will allow users to study, practise and play with pronunciation wherever they 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’. The app is flawless and we awarded it with the top EAS Certification of 5 stars.

Teacher Review

Sounds: The Pronunciation App has an interactive phonemic chart which will allow users to hear the corresponding sound of each phonemic symbol by simply tapping on one –you can use tap and hold to also hear an example word.  Both the British male voice and the American female voice are natural, clear and do the job perfectly.
In addition to the phonemic chart you can access ‘Wordlist’ - with more than 650 carefully selected words – where you can listen how they are pronounced and written and even record your own pronunciation. We found this feature very useful because you can easily compare between your pronunciation and the model the app provides - it is really interesting to be able to check and listen how different the British and American pronunciation can be.
The app has a series of useful exercises to practise your phonetic skills. You start by either focusing on up to 3 phonemes or practise all of them in series of 10, 25 or 50 questions. The tests are focused on reading and translating words from or to phonemic script into the alphabet, and on listening to words and write them in phonemic script. There is also a scoring system which will help users to identify their progress.
The ‘Quiz’ exercises can be played in two modes: beat the clock (3 minutes) or go for the highest score without losing your 3 lives. The exercises are also focused on reading, writing and listening to phonemes. 
The vocabulary selected shows how sounds are used at the beginning, middle and end of the words and are all high frequency words. If you practised and learnt all the words included in the app - we would be really impressed - there are in-app options to purchase additional wordlists at just £0.69.
We believe that, overall, the app is an amazing tool to learn the phonemic chart and we could see it used by teachers in the classroom or by students to test their knowledge. It will also be beneficial for students who are learning English as a foreign language. Apps have a way of making learning easy and it is never a chore to study with apps of this type, there is always an element of fun that engage users more than traditional teaching does. If you are looking to improve your English spelling and pronunciation it is worth the £3, 99 investment and we think it is a top app attaining a 5 stars EAS Certification and the EAS Recommended status.
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The ultimate interactive English pronunciation tool, for both students AND teachers. Sounds: The Pronunciation App 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. 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
LEARN with lesson plans, videos and top tips for teachers, and study hints for students


  • 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 and Quiz sections.
  • Practice Activities (Listen, Read and Write).
  • Quizzes (‘3 Minutes’ & '3 Lives' modes) for listening, reading and writing.
  • ‘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.
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