The English language consists of some 48 different sounds.

The sounds of English consist of some 48 different phonemes which are required to pronounce English with an RP accent.

What is that, you may ask?

RP, or Received Pronunciation, is a standard accepted accent. Although only spoken by a very small proportion of the population, perhaps as small as 3%, it has great prestige and therefore a significant number of people either aspire towards it or their speech approximates towards it.

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