How to memorise a phonetics table

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#1 19 April, 2016 - 02:32
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How to memorise a phonetics table


Hi,

I am trying to memorise this Swedish phonetics table below. Any ideas on how to go about it? I am studying for a test and to know the table by heart is necessary. The small words in the top right corner of each box is example words, so you can know how the sound is to be pronounced.

Phonetics table

Artikulationssätt = How the sound is articulated (How)
Stämbandston = "Vocal cord tone"
Artikulationsställe = Place of articulation (Where)

Thanks in advance! :)

16 May, 2016 - 14:28
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I think that things like this can be learned more quickly if you take a moment to understand the connections rather than just memorize it with memory techniques.

These phonetics are similar to English.
t/d
k/g
p/b

(The major system is based on the same groupings.)

Klusil appears to mean plosive. That's a group of consonants where the air is stopped and then released. So: t, d, k, g, p, b.

Bilabial means two-lips. So that would be p and b in the plosive/klusil group. The difference between p and b is that the vocal chords are used with b (a voiced/tonande consonant) and p (an unvoiced/tonlös consonant).

M is there too, since it's bilabial, but it isn't a plosive -- the air goes through your nose, making it a nasal consonant like n and ng in English.

Dental consonants involve touching the tongue to the upper teeth.

I would work through each cell in the table, saying the consonants and seeing how they fit into the rows and columns. Once you learn that, quiz yourself by writing out the table from scratch, possibly with the row and column headers in a memory journey or linked story. If you miss any, you could create a mnemonic image just for the few that you miss.

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