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This phonemic chart uses symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). IPA symbols are useful for learning pronunciation. The symbols on this chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech (Received Pronunciation or RP, an educated accent associated with but not exclusive to south-east England).


A link to the discussion of RP (Received Pronuncation) from the British Library's discussion of language. Check out the rest of the tabs while you're there.


Regardless of the superior status granted to Standard British English in comparison to extra-insular Englishes, the Received Pronunciation accent is only socially more prestigious, not linguistically.

Was Received Pronunciation Ever Rhotic? People around the world associate Britain with non-rhoticity, the process whereby /r/ is dropped at the end of syllables such as ‘car‘ and ‘start.’ This impression largely stems from the fact that the non-rhotic Received Pronunciation (RP) was the standard for British English for years, and is still treated as such by many foreign language learners. But was RP always “r-less?”.

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Prince William's cut-glass accent is a little less polished than Kate Middleton's

RECEIVED PRONUNCIATION (RP) ARTICLE: Prince William's cut-glass accent is a little less polished than Kate Middleton's - Telegraph