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This app will help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which are necessary for reading. Learning the sounds of the letters gives your child the tools for reading and helps them become better readers. A matching phonetic photo image is matched with each letter to help your child learn the sound of each letter.

This app has many customizable features, including the ability to select which specific letters you would like you child learn.

Don’t waste your child’s time teaching them capital letters, which represent only 5% of the words in printed text. 95% of the printed word in books and periodicals is in lowercase letters. Give your child the smart start of learning lowercase letters first.

The sounds of the letters are what give children the tools for reading.
Just like counting skills are the foundations of addition, knowing the sounds of the letters are the foundations of reading. Contrary to popular belief and the current educational paradigm, teaching your child the names of the letters DOES NOT help your child learn how to read! TEACHING THE SOUNDS OF THE LETTERS DOES HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN HOW TO READ! Give your child the smart start of learning the sounds of the letters!

The repetition and rhythm of the words will help your child memorize the sounds of the letters.

The photograph images and colored letters will help your child in learning the letter sounds.

Children speak all the sounds and words.
Each letter will repeat its sound when touched.
Each photo will say its name when touched.
Most young learners child will enjoy repeating the sounds they hear on this app.

All distracting bells and whistles have been removed to allow your child to focus on the essential skill to be learned here-associating a letter with its most commonly occurring sound using photographs.

A team of educators using accelerated learning techniques and Montessori principles developed this app. It has been tested and used with preschool children. The children loved it and it helped them learn the letter sounds. Please give us your feedback and suggestions.

Version 4.3

When "x at the end of words" is not selected the x page still sounded out words if the screen was touched. This is fixed.

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Ratings and Reviews

11.5K Ratings

Very useful

Great app for phonics. I like that it has no distracting music in the background. The focus is on sounding the alphabet.

I love this app!

I’m currently a literacy specialist student and researched this app for a class. I’m considering using it now with my students. I really the simplicity of this app as it doesn’t have any “fluff.” If being used to help students learn a specific a skill there shouldn’t be too many distractions from the purpose. There are plenty of other apps with all kinds of games and bells & whistles, but I really like how it’s straight up with practicing letter names and sounds! The purpose of this app isn’t lost! Thanks!

Awesome alphabet app!

This app is awesome for children who are learning their alphabet. It has three choices that you can use when looking at the letters. You can use one picture to go with the letter, four pictures to go with the letter or do letter and picture matching. It also tells you the sound that each letter makes with the short vowel sounds. This app is awesome!

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Phonics Songs that Teach the Alphabet and Individual Letter Sounds

These Phonics lyrics are available from a variety of albums:

Learning the ABCs & Letter Sounds
A-B-C – Patty's Primary Songs
ABCzzz (featuring Saul Paul) – Nanny Nikki
The ABC Rap – The Gum Rappers
ABC Song – Kiboomu Music
The ABC Songs  – Susan Salidor
Act Out the Alphabet – Jack Hartmann
The Alphabet Chant – Super Simple Songs
The Alphabet's in My Mouth – Dr. Jean
A is for Ant – Timmmy Abell
Alphabet Song – Marla Lewis
Alphabet Limbo – Stephen Fite
The Alphabet Song – Super Simple Songs
The Alphabet Song (ABC) -- Slow Version – Margie La Bella
Alphardy – Dr. Jean
Dog Alphabet Song – Grin Brigade
Frontwards, Backwards ABCs – Stephanie Burton
Forwards Backwards ABCs – Stephen Fite
Hands Up for Letter Sounds – Jack Hartmann
I Know My Alphabets – Ahjay Stelino
I Like Letters – Music, Movement & Magination
Is This a Number or a Letter? – Jack Hartmann
I've Been Working On My Letters – Cherry Carl
Let's Alphabecise – Stephen Fite
Lettercise – Dr. Jean
The Letter Dance – Dr. Jean
Letter Line Up – Jack Hartmann
Letter Pops – Dr. Jean
Letter Sounds – Stephen Fite
Letter Tales – Dr. Jean
Magic Letters – Debbie Paulsen
Meet the Letters of the Alphabet – Jack Hartmann
Marching Around the Alphabet – Hap Palmer
Phon-ercise – Dr. Jean
Rappin' the ABC's – Music, Movement & Magination
S-Superhero – Margot Bevington
The Sounds of Our Letters – Music with Mar.
Supersonic Letter Sounds – Stephen Fite
Twinkle ABCs – Kathleen Rushing
Yahoo! We're Learning the Alphabet – Music, Movement & Magination
Who Knows the Alphabet Sounds – Music, Movement & Magination
Who Let the Letters Out – Dr. Jean

Alliteration Lyrics for a Variety of Alphabet Letter Sounds
Alliteration – Danny Weinkauf
Amen and Achoo – Kelly Good
Bitty Bi Bo Bu – Dr. Jean
Dinosaurs to Dinner – Fran Avni
Chimmy Cha-Cha – Liz Buchanan
Echo the Letter Sounds – Jack Hartmann
Favorite Letter – Patty Shukla
Letter Sounds A to Z – Jack Hartmann
Mr. Muphy's Most Amazing Super Savings Store – Vincent Nunes
Musical Movement Alphabet – Music with Mar.
My Name Starts With a Letter – Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni
Pineapple – Fran Avni
Sounds of the Alphabet – Marilyn M. Linford
We're Going to the Farm – Music, Movement & Magination
Words! – Ron Brown

Teaching the Shapes and Heights of Letters
Cheering Letters – Dr. Jean
Drawing in the Air – Music with Mar.
I Like Letters – Music, Movement & Magination
Letter Aerobics – Dr. Jean
Move to the Alphabet – Jack Hartmann
Shapes Make Letters (Part 1) – Music with Mar.

See our Songs that Teach Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Digraphs, Blends, and Diphthongs
See our Songs that Teach Letter Blends, Digraphs, and Diphthongs

B - (Basic Music Beat) – Music with Mar.
Bb – Greg Whitfield
Bananas – Patty Shukla
Big Bagels – Kelly Good
Bite for B – Intelli-Tunes
Bring Back the Bat – Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni

C - (Celtic) – Music with Mar.
Cc – Greg Whitfield
Crawl for C – Intelli-Tunes

D - (Disco) – Music with Mar.
Dd – Greg Whitfield
Dance for D – Intelli-Tunes

F - (Folk) – Music with Mar.
Ff – Greg Whitfield
Flip for F – Intelli-Tunes
The Frosty Fable (the f sound) – Dan Crow

G - (Gospel) – Music with Mar.
Gg – Greg Whitfield
Gentle Giraffe – Marla Lewis
Get Your Own Goat – Fran Avni
Grin for G – Intelli-Tunes

H - (Hawaiian) – Music with Mar.
Hh – Greg Whitfield
Hop for H – Intelli-Tunes

J - (Jazz) – Music with Mar.
Jack the Giant (soft G and J sound) – Dan Crow
Jj – Greg Whitfield
Jump for J – Intelli-Tunes
Jump for Jesus – Kelly Good

K - (Klezmer) – Music with Mar.
The "K" Club – Greg Whitfield
Kid in Kalamazoo – Kelly Good
Kiss for K – Intelli-Tunes
Kiss the Cow (hard C and K sound) – Dan Crow

I Love My Pillow (the l sound) – Dan Crow
L - (Lullaby) – Music with Mar.
Ll – Greg Whitfield
Lick for L – Intelli-Tunes
Licking Lollipops – Songs for Speech and Language Skills
Lola the Lonely Llama – Kelly Good

I Love Foods that Start with "M" – Marla Lewis
M - (Merengue) – Music with Mar.
Mm – Greg Whitfield
March for M – Intelli-Tunes
Monkey Say, Monkey Do – Jack Hartmann
Muffin Mix – Fran Avni
No More Gum (the m sound) – Dan Crow

N - (New Age) – Music with Mar.
Nn – Greg Whitfield
Nine Naughty Newts – Kelly Good
Wiggle Your Nose for N – Intelli-Tunes

OOPS! (the p sound) – Dan Crow
P - (Polka) – Music with Mar.
Pp – Greg Whitfield
Percy the Pirate – Kelly Good
Point for P – Intelli-Tunes

Q - (Quanho) – Music with Mar.
Qq – Greg Whitfield
Quitet Q for Q – Intelli-Tunes

R - (Reggaton) – Music with Mar.
Rain Rain Rain (the r sound) – Dan Crow
Rr – Greg Whitfield
Rock and Roll – Kelly Good
Rock and Roll Star – Fun Phonics Songs
Run for R – Intelli-Tunes
The Ballad of Rueben Rooster (the r sound) – Dan Crow
Vroom Goes the Red Race Car – Patty Shukla

S - (Soul) – Music with Mar.
Seven Silly Squirrels – Fran Avni
Ss – Greg Whitfield
Sleep for S – Intelli-Tunes
Soup! Soup! Soup! (the s sound) – Dan Crow

T - (Tango) – Music with Mar.
Time To Take Time (the t sound) – Dan Crow
Tiptoe for T – Intelli-Tunes
Tt – Greg Whitfield
Timmy – Kelly Good

Make a V for V – Intelli-Tunes
V - (Vaudville) – Music with Mar.
Vv – Greg Whitfield

One Wet Windy Wednesday – Fran Avni
W - (Western Swing) – Music with Mar.
Walk for W – Intelli-Tunes
Ww – Greg Whitfield

Make the Sound for X – Intelli-Tunes
X - (Xhosa) – Music with Mar.
Xx – Greg Whitfield
eXiting – Kelly Good

Y - (Yass) – Music with Mar.
Yay for Y – Intelli-Tunes
Yy – Greg Whitfield
Yoshi the Yellow Yak – Kelly Good

Z - (Zydeco) – Music with Mar.
Zz – Greg Whitfield
Zip Your Lip for Z – Intelli-Tunes

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Using Alliterative Songs to Teach Letter Sounds -- Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni

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Listen to the letters of the English alphabet

Start learning English with the alphabet, because it contains letters that will help you learn to read and write.

Origin of the alphabet and pronunciation of English letters

The basis of the modern English alphabet is the Latin alphabet, but the names of the English letters differ significantly from the original Latin ones, so they must be learned by heart. The fact is that the English alphabet consists of 26 letters, and in the language itself there are 44 sounds (according to some studies, up to 49). This means that the same letter can express several sounds . Conversely, one sound can be written in different letters . That is, we can talk about the pronunciation of a letter only in a specific word. Take for example the sound [f], it can be expressed by the letter f> fish (fish) , as well as combinations of letters ph> philosophy (philosophy) or gh> laughter (laughter) .

This means that the name of the letter and its pronunciation are two different things. When we talk about the alphabet, we mean the names of the letters.

American English Alphabet with Pronunciation

First, listen to each letter of the English alphabet separately. Click on the letter and she will name herself! Pay attention to transcription. The American name for the letter Z sounds like [zi], the British one like [zad].

Aa[eɪ] Bb[biː] Cc[siː] Dd[diː]
Ee[iː] Ff[ɛf] Gg[ʤiː] Hh[eɪʧ]
Ii[aɪ] Jj[ʤeɪ] Kk[keɪ] Ll[ɛl]
Mm[ɛm] Nn[ɛn] Oo[oʊ] Pp[piː]
Qq[kjuː] Rr[ɑr]/[ɑː] Ss[ɛs] Tt[tiː]
Uu[juː] Vv[viː] Ww[ˈdʌbljuː] Xx[ɛks]
Yy[waɪ] Zz[zi]/[zɛd] American: [zi] or British (international) version: [zed]

Now listen to the whole alphabet

Try to learn the English alphabet by heart. Why this is necessary and how to learn it better, you will find out by reading this page to the end.

Why know the alphabet by heart?

The alphabet is a very important element of language learning. It must be memorized so that it "flies off the teeth." Firstly, it will greatly facilitate the process of learning the language - reading, writing, working with dictionaries, will help to master pronunciation. Secondly, the alphabet will also be useful in oral communication, because the British, like the Americans, are very fond of abbreviations, and most of them are spelled. Knowing the alphabet and popular abbreviations, you will not be confused when you hear: LA (L-Hey), DC (DC), FBI (FBI), CIA (CIA) or NYPD (NWY- Pee Dee). If you have to work with lists or tables, then it will be much easier for you to search for the desired text, since tables and lists are most often sorted alphabetically.

During a telephone conversation, you can often hear: Can you spell your name, please? , which means something like this: I can't understand your foreign name, please spell .

How to learn the English alphabet?

Each letter must be known “by sight”, but the letters of the alphabet cannot be taught separately, it is much easier to learn them in a “legalized sequence”, the alphabet must flow like a song, the letters must be connected and inseparable like train cars.

Pay attention to how the letter "Z" sounds in the American version of the alphabet, remember the group
ZZ top ? Or maybe you met somewhere the letter combination EZ ? Now you'll know what it means easy - that's how all are just !

At the beginning of this page, we listened to the alphabet, and now we can look at the handwritten version of the spelling of English letters.

Handwritten Letters of the English Alphabet

Here you see one of the options for writing the letters of the English alphabet. This is exactly the option, since the variety of handwriting and individual characteristics of writing letters tends to infinity, ranging from simple “copying” printed letters to calligraphic delights in retro style. Do not get too hung up on the handwritten version, write as you like, the main thing is to be understood.

And in the children's section of our site you will find a song about the alphabet for the little ones.
You may also be interested in the section of our website dedicated to learning English with a child.

English alphabet with pronunciation, transcription and translation. Letters and sounds of the English alphabet

How many letters are in the English alphabet

The modern English alphabet contains 26 letters. English sounds were first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet as early as the 5th century. Christian missionaries brought to the island not only their religion, but also the Latin alphabet, which began to replace the runic alphabet around the 7th century. For a long time, these two alphabets existed in parallel.

The modern English alphabet (The English alphabet [ˈalfəbɛt]) is based on the Latin alphabet or "Latin". So what is the number in the English alphabet? Unlike the Russian language, which has 33 letters, the English alphabet consists of 26 letters:

  • 6 letters can represent vowels: "A", "E", "I", "O", "U", "Y »;
  • 21 letters can represent consonants: "B", "C", "D", "F", "G", "H", "J", "K", "L", "M", "N" ”, “P”, “Q”, “R”, “S”, “T”, “V”, “W”, “X”, “Y”, “Z”.

Below we have added a table where you can see the entire English alphabet with the numbering of letters in order.

Number of letters in the English alphabet
Direct number Letter Reverse number
1 a 26
2 B b 25
3 C c 24
4 D 23
5 e 22
6 F 21
7 G g 20
8 H h 19
9 I i 18
9 I i 18
10 J 17
11 K k 16
12 L l 15
13 M m 14
14 N n 13
15 O o 12
16 P p 11
17 Q q 10
18 r 9
19 S s 8
20 T t 7
21 U u 6
22 V v 5
23 W w 4
24 x 3
25 Y y 2
26 Z z 1

Incidentally, the letter Y can stand for both a vowel and a consonant, and therefore refers to both vowels and consonants.

Americans and British pronounce almost all letters of the English alphabet the same way, except for the last one. The American alphabet differs in that the letter Z is pronounced as "zi" [ziː], and in the British - "zed" [zed].

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Pronunciation of the English alphabet with the names of letters in English and Russian:

English alphabet with translation - transcription and pronunciation in Russian.

Letters of the English alphabet
Letter Transcription pronunciation of
a [eɪ] hey
B b [biː] bi
C c [siː] and
D d [diː] di
e [iː] and
F [ɛf] ef
G g [dʒiː] ji
h h [eɪtʃ] h
I i [aɪ] ai
J [dʒeɪ] jay
K k [keɪ] key
L l [ɛl] el
M m [ɛm] em
N n [ɛn] en
O o [əʊ] ou
P p [piː] pi
Q q [kjuː] cue
R r [ɑː] or [ɑɹ] a:, ar
S s [ɛs] es
T t [tiː] and
U u [juː] y
V v [viː] and
W w [ˈdʌb(ə)l juː] double
x [ɛks] ex
Y y [waɪ] wye
Z z [zɛd], [ziː] zed, zee

Sounds of the English alphabet

We start learning English letters even before we encounter foreign language lessons. We know them even before we start learning English: we meet them at work, when we play computer games or surf the Internet. English words are found everywhere: on advertising posters, in the name of goods, in store signs.

While the letters may be visually familiar, they are not always pronounced the way they are written. The alphabet of the English language for beginners with pronunciation, numbering and translation will help here, because even those who are fluent in foreign languages ​​find it difficult to speak correctly. A typical situation is to spell an English word, for example, to give an email address, your name or street in English. This is where the difficulties begin, and we try to explain ourselves with images and associations: i - “like a stick with a dot”, H - “like a Russian n”, s - “like a dollar”, v - “like a tick.

From here it is better to memorize not only the letters, but also their pronunciation. The latter is written by transcription and enclosed in square brackets. At first, it will be easier for you to memorize transcription with Russian pronunciation, but gradually you need to give it up and focus only on English transcription.

How to learn the English alphabet

Learning the alphabet is not just about remembering the order of the alphabet in English, Russian or Spanish, or knowing how many non-letters there are. To know the alphabet is to be able to pronounce sounds, as well as to write lowercase and uppercase letters correctly. In order to learn the entire alphabet of the English language easily, quickly and forever, follow these rules:

  1. Memorize both uppercase and lowercase letters of the English alphabet at the same time, pay attention to how English letters are written.
  2. Learn both the name of the English letters and the correct pronunciation, use the alphabet with transcription. It is easier to remember this at the same time than to relearn it later.
  3. Use all available resources: use audio recordings, videos of examples of correct pronunciation, printed texts, Internet resources.
  4. Learn the English alphabet in order, like in the ABC. Then change tactics: start studying the letters backwards, randomly, grouping.
  5. Exercise regularly, preferably every day for at least a few minutes. If you are tired of learning the same letters, take any children's book in English. Maybe you will not understand the meaning of what is written, but you will definitely be able to recognize and name this or that letter.

Another good way to learn the alphabet is to memorize a special rhyme. It is very short, but it will help to know every letter by heart:

Do you know your ABC?

You can learn along with me!

A, B, C, D, E, F, G,

H, I, J, K,

L, M, N, O, P U, V,

W, X, Y and Z

Now, I know my ABC's.

Next time won't you sing with me?

And the last piece of advice. Divide all letters into three large groups and learn them in three stages: the first group is 6 vowels: Aa, Her, Ii, Oo, Uu, Yy. Do not forget about transcription and remember that in English vowels can change their sound depending on the type of syllables, stress and other conditions; the second group of letters includes those that are written and pronounced similarly to Russian letters. They are easy to remember: Bb, Cc, Dd, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Pp, Ss, Tt, Xx; the third group consists of those letters that sound and are written unfamiliar to native Russian speakers: Ff, Gg, Hh, Jj, Qq, Rr, Vv, Ww, Zz.

Methods and techniques for memorizing the English alphabet

There are many ways to learn the English alphabet from scratch that are suitable for both adults and children.

The most popular way to learn the English alphabet is through tables. You can print the English alphabet tables from this article or search for others: English alphabet by numbers; English alphabet with numbering of letters, etc. Hang them over your desk and browse and read aloud whenever you have a free moment. The main thing is to memorize the alphabet with the pronunciation of sounds.

One of the most effective ways is to make colored cards with the letters and words that begin with them and post them in a prominent place. These cards can be made by yourself or bought in the store. It is better to use well-known words, for example, the names of animals.

You can train with special exercises, for example, this one: get a special notebook and write letters in it several lines at a time - both uppercase and lowercase letters of the English alphabet. And when writing, dictate to yourself aloud the name of the letter. This exercise includes all three main types of memory: auditory, visual and motor.

Don't forget about games that will help you learn the English alphabet. For example, Spell the word or “Spell the word” - whoever spells it wrong first loses. And you can also read the alphabet at speed, write letters correctly by ear, pronounce the letters written on the card, and so on. The audio alphabet of the English language with pronunciation has proven itself well. A student can independently master the letters and sounds just by listening to the recording. The main thing is to be systematic.

Interesting facts about the English alphabet

Learning the sounds and letters of the English language will be more fun if you know a few interesting facts about the alphabet:

  1. The English alphabet can be called by its first letters "ABC";
  2. The English word alphabet comes from the Latin alphabet, where alpha and beta were the first letters of the alphabet. But even before the Latin alphabet, they were the first letters of the Phoenician alphabet (alef and bet), which arose in 1050 BC. e.
  3. The article the is the most common word in the English language.
  4. The most common letter in the English alphabet is E, and the most common consonant is T. The letters S and T are most common at the beginning of English words. The rarest letters in the alphabet are Q and Z.
  5. There are only 5 vowels in English and as many as 20 vowels! For example, the letters Y and W can be pronounced as vowels (try, my, cow, few). The same letter can be read in several ways, for example, in the words cat [kæt], place [pleis], dark [daːk], air [ɛə].
  6. All 26 letters of the English alphabet can be put into a sentence or pangram that shows how each letter of the font will look like: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" (loosely translated: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." English analogue - "Eat some more of these soft French rolls and drink tea").


English speakers remember their alphabet much more often than Russian speakers, because in English the pronunciation of a word often does not match its spelling.

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