This page has a simplified British English IPA chart along with embedded sound files for each sound.
IPA - ICALwiki
Student or Learner
Try this: bbc.co.uk
I hope it is what you are looking for.
Users may like to note that this page uses the symbol [ɛ] where a more commonly-used system of transcription ('Gimson' transcription, favoured by the British Council and used in many dictionaries) uses the less correct /e/ - not that ɛ is completely accurate (the English /e/ is more open than [e], but not quite as open as [ɛ]!
Was there ever a distinction between British and American Phonetics?
I don't think so.
That is the reason why it is call International Phonetic Alphabet. So that it won't matter which country you are from.
That is also the reason why the IPA has some Russian-like characters squiggly characters for the diaphonemes.
It really doesn't matter where you are from or who your teacher is when teaching the IPA as long as you can pronounce them well.
Last edited by lilm07; 17-Jan-2010 at 14:56.
The IPA contains masses of symbols to describe almost any sound in any language.
The one we've used on the ICAL wiki IPA page is merely a subset used to describe the common sounds of British English. We're working on an American version which is very similar, although importantly different in places.