IPA Charts Online

IPA Chart by Eric Armstrong and Paul MeierMy website, voice + speech source, has been mouldering in its grave for more than a decade with no updates. One page that continues to draw visits on a regular basis is the Flash-based IPA Charts that I made in collaboration with Paul Meier. Though far from perfect, if you’re comfortable using Flash material, it still works well. This page is an attempt to gather all the IPA Charts available online in a single place for easy access.

Web-based Charts

IPA Charts by Eric Armstrong and Paul Meier (does not work on iOS devices)

IPA i-Charts by the International Phonetic Association (Małgorzata Deroń), with audio by Peter Ladefoged, John Esling, John C. Wells, Jill House (this resource also allows for IPA Symbol transcription, so combines the resources of ipa.typeit.com with an interactive chart)

IPAChart.com by Peter Isotalo—quite accurate, and works well on all devices

Interactive IPA Chart by Carol Genetti — one of the few charts with a female voice! 

International Phonetic Alphabet – Audio Illustrations by John Esling, UVic (similar to iPA Phonetics App; only runs in some browsers, like Chrome)

Web-based Charts with Articulation Illustrations

Sounds of the Worlds Languages by UBC Dept of Linguistics

Seeing Speech by Lawson, E., J. Stuart-Smith, J. M. Scobbie, S. Nakai (2018)—not only sound but also MRI, Ultrasound and animations

IPA Online IPA Charts by Ghada Khattab & Gerry Docherty, with male and female videos of each articulation. (Thanks Luke Nicholson for the suggestion.) Interesting nonsense word exercises, too.

iOS App-based Charts

Interactive IPA App for iOS by Paul Meier, based on the design on my website

iPA Phonetics for iPhone and iPad by John Esling—a very detailed version of the chart, with video illustrations of the articulations

 

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any good Android apps for this purpose.

 

Eric Armstrong is the voiceguy. Eric is a dialect, voice, speech and text coach based in Toronto, Canada, where he normally teaches full-time at York University’s Dept. of Theatre. Eric has been teaching voice for the actor full-time since 1994, and has taught in Canada and the US, at the University of Windsor, Brandeis University, Roosevelt University, Canada's National Voice Intensive and York University. He has worked for nationally and internationally recognized companies such as Crow’s Theatre, Volcano, SoulPepper, & Canadian Stage in Toronto, and The Court Theatre and Steppenwolf in Chicago. Eric holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal) in Theatre Performance, and an MFA from York University (Toronto) in Acting. His mentors were David Smukler (York, Canada’s National Voice Intensive) and Andrew Wade (Royal Shakespeare Company). He has also studied at the Drama Studio, London, and Il Stage Internazzionale di Commedia dell’Arte in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He’s a long time member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, where he has served on the board, as a conference planner, photo editor for the Voice and Speech Review, Founding Director of Technology and Internet Services, and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, essays and reviews for the VASTA Newsletter, the VASTA Voice, and The Voice and Speech Review.