This tool was created by taking the 20,000 most frequently used words in English from the Google Ngram database. Word pronunciations were gathered using Lingorado and checked against the International Phonetic Alphabet on Wikipedia.


Vowel Combinations Containing 'a'


Click on a vowel combination to hear the different ways it can be prounounced.


How to pronounce ‘a’ when it’s not combined with other vowels. Bubbles are sized based on how frequently each vowel combination occurs.

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The ESL guide to English Vowel Sounds i

There are 5 vowels in English and more than 20 vowel combinations. Each vowel combination can also have more than one pronunciation.

Click on a letter to explore the different vowel combinations and hear examples.