Word Smart: Phonetics

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Phonetics is a science that deals with the sounds of human speech. The sounds of human speech are very complex and have been studied for centuries. Through the history of linguistics as a science, phonetics has always been an important part of language studies.  Phonetics is the systematic study of the human ability to make and hear sounds which use the vocal organs of speech, especially for producing oral language. It is usually divided into the three branches of (1) articulatory, (2) acoustic and (3) auditory phonetics.

  • Acoustic phonetics: focuses on the physical properties of the sounds of language.
  • Auditory phonetics: focuses on how listeners perceive the sounds of language.
  • Articulatory phonetics: focuses on how the vocal tract produces the sounds of language.


  • Complex: Difficult task.
  • Oral: Relating to the mouth.
  • Perceive: Become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand.
  • Tract: An area of indefinite extent, typically a large one.


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Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Jaime Luna from Reforma Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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