The English Pronunciation and International Phonetic Alphabet Anki Deck

The English Pronunciation / International Phonetic Alphabet Anki Deck

Use this flashcard deck along with my video series on YouTube to quickly learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). This deck contains 121 cards that cover the following topics:

• Each sound in the English language (50 facts, 100 cards) with a recording, examples of each sound, the IPA symbol, and notes (for the consonants) about Place/Voicing/Manner.  Vowels are based on General American pronunciation, though I include the main vowels/diphthongs of Received Pronunciation (“British” English).

• Three utility symbols of the IPA (symbols for long, primary stress, and syllable mark)

• The places used in English (9 of them, with pictures)

• The manners (9 of them, with written descriptions/examples)

I have a free demo deck over here so you can try it out ahead of time.  Feel free to use the demo deck as a template for making your own deck if you prefer (you learn a lot that way!)

These cards are designed to be a supplement to my video tutorials on English Pronunciation.  Watch those first.  Then watch this walkthrough, which takes you through each card.

Notes and links: • Installation tutorial • About charging for Anki decks


For users of Anki 1.2.8: •  A couple of Windows users are reporting seeing black bars instead of IPA symbols in the extra notes section of some of the cards.  This is a font issue, and you can fix it by going into Deck Properties>Basic>Edit>Card Layout for each template and changing the font from Arial to Arial Unicode MS for each field.  This will be fixed for future decks once Anki 2.0 comes out.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

For Users using Anki 2.0.31: The fix is to go to “Card Options” Tools>Manage>Note Types>Cards. You still have to process each card type (and be careful to go through the various card sections).

English Pronunciation Anki Deck

The International Phonetic Alphabet Anki Deck: $3.00
[Here is where you can purchase it!]

Recent Fixes to IPA Deck (posted September 18, 2015): added long A sound; changed deck name from “Shared” to “English IPA” and eliminated old Anki version.

49 thoughts on “The English Pronunciation and International Phonetic Alphabet Anki Deck

  1. Livonor

    você traduziu isso no google tradutor? porque está cheio de erros :/ . Você deveria deixar o post em inglês mesmo. Eu sei que você não fala português, mas um cara que lida com línguas fazendo um post cheio de erros dá uma má impressão

    1. Stephanie

      It is in English. You must be using your browser to translate it into Portuguese, which is why you are having the errors.

      This whole site is in English.

    2. gwyner Post author

      Hi Livonor. Yeah, it’s an automatic google translate plugin. I need to reconfigure it so that it’s more obvious what it’s doing! Apologies for the confusion.

  2. Neil Durbin

    I would definitely buy your anki deck however paypal has frozen my account for an unexplained reason. If any other payment options are available please let me know.

  3. Jose Briscoe


    I purchased your “The English Pronunciation and International Phonetic Alphabet Anki Deck”, however, how do I actually get the deck. I was redirected to the paypal site in which my wife paid for it for me since I do not have a paypal account. But after that how do I go about getting the deck.



  4. Chiebuka

    Hello, I would like to purchase the English Pronunciation/International Phonetic Alphabet Anki Deck but I can’t seem to find a link that redirects me to a purchase page. Is this deck still up for sale?

  5. Sebastian

    I downloaded the free demo deck
    Unfortunately Anki will not let me import this at all. Using Anki 2.0 under Ubuntu. Cheers if you could help at all.

  6. phat

    It seems I can’t purchase the card deck anyhow. I tried to click on the “Add to cart” button but it doesn’t work.

  7. darryl

    Unless I’m missing something, the link to buy your IPS Anki deck does not work. It seems to just be a picture, not a clickable linke.

  8. pili

    How can I charge media files to the new anki version. :S It doesn`t seem to have options for dropbox :S. I download your free deck por IPA but I haven`t been able to set the media file. Help!! (I ‘m Windows user ) Thanks!

    1. Gabriel Wyner

      I’m actually not yet sure how I’ll expand the IPA deck offerings, as I cover a lot of the IPA in the pronunciation trainers! I’ll have to think on this a bit and perhaps I’ll expand further once I finish all the trainers.

  9. Daniel Ward

    Hi I’d like to purchase the English IPA Anki deck if it’s available. I’ve been trying find it and the links on this site have me going in circles. If the deck is available could you please send me the link where I can purchases it.

    Also if I may be so bold as to make a suggestion. It seems to me that I have to make to many clicks to purchase any content and it’s very difficult to navigate to a page where I can purchase said content.

    I realize that your just starting to create the for sale content, but I think it would be a good idea to rework the site so that it’s easier for your customers to navigate to the content.

    This would save frustration on the end of your customers and over all mean less email for you.

    By the way I love the book and I can’t wait to start putting this stuff into practice.
    Thanks a lot.

    Sincerely: Daniel Ward

        1. HarryR


          I note that Daniel’s suggestion was made over 3 months ago and you’ve not replied and my experience of the site is similar. It took ages to find a link to the bundles page. Why sell in odd bundles? For each language I buy a trainer I expect to buy a word list. Offer the trainer and word list for each language separately or paired. Why offer bundles of trainers with fewer wordlists? When I did find how to buy I ended up being prompted to log into WordPress. Huh? Does WP need to know I’m buying from you?
          The ETA page doesn’t seem to be up to date and the edit dates exclude the year. Are the latest updates for 2015,indicating things are probably happening or 2014, suggesting that activity has stopped? Love the book and am eager to start with the German trainer and wordlist. Can I buy with a visa debit card? I do not have a PayPal a/c.
          The site is very interesting and inspiring but am surprised it’s such a mess when it comes to buying anything. Cant you get an off the peg shopping cart addin? Sorry to criticise but I’ve spent hours on the site trying to buy stuff. Maybe it just doesn’t render properly on my nexus 9.

          1. Gabriel Wyner

            For the bundles, It harkens back when the Kickstarter offering started there were no word lists and only 4 languages. Then after adding stretch goals, it made sense to add word lists and I wanted to add word lists based on what people already ordered. You shouldn’t be prompted to log onto WP I’m not sure why that’s happening, I’ll check with Gabe. The ETA page is going to be updated this evening a bit by myself and Gabe posts weekly updates at the bottom of what’s going on with everything. You can purchase with a visa, that is no problem, through Stripe. Sorry the site is a mess, we know, and are going to hire a developer eventually.


  10. Ricardo

    I try to test your IPA Free Demo Deck, but after import the Anki shows me that none card were imported and no notes are updated. Could you send me your IPA Free Demo Deck by email to test before I buy it?

  11. Gabriel Wyner

    @Ricardo If Anki is telling you “Updated 0/349 Notes”, “Updated 0/71 Notes” or “Updated 3/349 Notes, it almost always means that you already have some version of that deck installed. You may have been part of the beta test, or you might have double-clicked the deck twice when you installed it and missed it when it imported. Look around your decks – 99 times out of 100, you’ll find that you already have the deck you’re looking for!

  12. Josh Nevard

    Hi Gaybriel,

    I am trying to download your IPA Anki deck. The link “Here is where you can purchase it!” is sending me to your Pronunciation Trainers page where I can find the purchase link.

    Am I doing something wrong, I cant seem to navigate to the purchase menu at all.

    Please can you direct me to the link of purchase.

    Loving all your content.

    Kind Regards

  13. Opening the files


    I have uzipped the demo deck of the IPA to my Android Tablet, but when I try to import to Anki, it says that the target folder doesn’t contain an apkg-file, so it won’t open anything. Know what’s up with that? Why it tells me I need an apkg, and if I do, how to get it?

  14. Alex

    Would like to second what Josh mentioned. Your link to purchase the IPA deck does not put me in the right place. Could you please update?



  15. Bill Gasparek

    I am having trouble getting started with the English IPA program. For a letter such as /h/, the examples (“Ham and May Hem) make perfect sense. However, the recording sounds nothing like English. I don’t know if the recording is the name of the character and what I am supposed to do with the recording. You do basically the same thing in the videos. I have watched the videos twice and do not understand. A little guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    I am interested in both Mandarin and Chinese. I assume they follow the same process.


    Bill Gasparek

  16. Bill Gasparek

    Hi Gabriel.

    I must admit I have had a hard time coming up to speed on both the English IPA deck and the Mandarin deck. I have no background in phonics and had to do extra research. However, I am now over the hump and am really excited about the progress I am making.

    I cannot find a listing of the names of the various IPA characters. Are they simply called by the sound they make or do they have specific (Greek?) names? How do people reference them in conversation?

    I found a Vietnamese ANKI deck that I believe you started. It seems to have the 600 basic words and photos but no sound files. I am trying to add sound. My last question, should I concentrate 100% on the Vietnamese or will learning the English IPA prove helpful?

    Bill Gasparek

  17. Chloe

    I can’t import/transfer the ipa demo deck into anki. It says it’s an invalid .apkg file. or it says it’s unable to import from a read only file when I double click on shared anki 1.2 deck. I noticed it says it’s a zipped file. If I need to unzip first, can you please tell me how to do that? Thank you

  18. Jennifer

    The purchase went thru just fine but none of the items I paid for will download. I’m on a Galaxy S5 and have never had issues like this before. It’s very frustrating.

  19. Lesley

    I bought the English IPA but when imported into Anki the symbols are not showing up. I did get a message about encryption. Is that the problem? If so how do I correct it? I am using Windows 7.

  20. Lesley

    Re IPA D/L I do not have sound either. I have downloaded the French Pronunciation Trainer and Minimal Pairs with no problem.

  21. Nick


    I made a purchase and received no download or link or email (except confirmation from Paypal that payment went through). I have paid for the IPA deck and have not been directed to download anything. There is nothing in my downloads on my computer and I have no idea where to look. I’m new to this and excited to start but this is incredibly frustrating.

    Thanks in advance

  22. Stephen

    I ordered the book…I am a Native English speaker, and my target language is either going to be Portuguese or Kiswahili…Would it be a good idea to study this English Pronunciation/IPA until I get the book, or should I just wait?

  23. Gabriel Wyner

    Hi, Stephen~

    The IPA deck is a study tool for the phonetic alphabet, which can help with learning pronunciation in any language, but I would recommend you read the book first and then decide which additional materials you would like to purchase, since it provides an overview of the available tools and their applications.

    Thanks for your interest!

    ~Lauren Guza Brown
    Assistant to Gabriel Wyner

  24. Daniel G

    I want to purchase the IPA deck but am turned off by the troubles experienced by others.

    Can anyone confirm whether the purchase process works now?



  25. Gabriel Wyner

    Hi, Daniel~

    The purchase process should work, but if you don’t immediately receive access to the IPA deck, email me at, and I’ll send it to you. We are looking into the problems a few people have described having with the website, but the vast majority of customers have purchased with no trouble. Thank you for your interest!

    Best wishes,

    Lauren Guza Brown
    Assistant to Gabriel Wyner

  26. Chloe

    I downloaded the ipa demo deck to anki, but no audo. The sound will only come up out of somewhere else in my computer as part of my general music library. I ‘ve tried everything I can think of. I imagine buying the ipa deck or word lists would present the same problem as well.

    1. Leo_FF

      Hello Chloe,
      I took a look at the demo deck. I believe it downloads as a zip file. Once you unzip the file you’ll have a folder with an anki deck called “shared.anki” and also a folder called “”.

      If you double click the “shared.anki” file it will import a deck into the Anki program. However you still have to manually enter each audio file from the “” folder to the corresponding cards.

      I believe the purpose of this is to help people learn how to use the Anki program and how to create/edit cards.

      On the other hand, when you purchase one of our decks, the audio files are already incorporated “inside” the deck and once you import the deck in Anki the audio will play automatically from inside the Anki program.

      Hope this clarifies things! :)

      1. Chloe

        Thank you. I finally got the audio included after redownloading it for the 8th time. I bought the full ipa deck and everything worked fine.

  27. Kelly H.

    I’ve already started the Latin American Spanish pronunciation deck…..but I also bought the IPA deck. Should I study both at the same time? Or since I already started the spanish deck, just stick with that? I feel like learning the IPA will be useful when I learn other languages as well, I’m just not sure when to start it. Does it matter? Thanks!!

  28. Gabriel Wyner

    Hi, Kelly. The IPA deck is intended as a tool for learning the phonetic alphabet, so you can better understand pronunciation notes. So, it can be a helpful foundation for your pronunciation practice in other languages. But, if you’ve already started your trainer and are finding it manageable, you may not need to study the IPA deck in its entirety before going any further with Spanish. Best of luck with it!
    ~Lauren, Gabe’s assistant

  29. edward.allen

    Hi I bought the full IPA deck but when downloading the zip file and unzipping there was no share.anki file only collectin.anki2.

    Please direct me to help.


  30. Krishaan

    Hi, I’ve initiated the payment, but I haven’t received an email with the download link yet – Is there anything else I’m meant to do?


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