Hi there, I'm Edvin Palmer. Welcome to my free Swedish Pronunciation Training. In
this lesson, I want to practice our eighth plosive: the /ʈ/ sound. I want to practice
this sound, so that, by the end of the lesson, you can name, describe, and say the
/ʈ/ sound. Before we start practicing, I want to tell you everything you need to
know about the /ʈ/ sound. Let's start with this: What is a consonant? A
consonant is a speech sound which we make by completely or partly stopping
the flow of air which we breathe out through the mouth. The /ʈ/ sound is a
consonant sound. We call it the Voiceless Retroflex Stop.
This name tells us how we physically want to make this sound. The following
six things are imperative to know. 1. Its manner of articulation is occlusive,
which means we produce the /ʈ/ by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract.
Since the consonant is also oral, with no nasal outlet, we block the airflow
entirely with our mouths before we release it. 2. Its place of articulation
is retroflex, which means we articulate it by bending the tip of the tongue upward
without touching the palate. So, it's post alveolar without being palatalized. 3.
Its phonation is voiceless, which means we say it
without vibrating our vocal cords. 4. It's an oral consonant,
and that means we allow air to escape through the mouth
only. 5. It's a central consonant, which means we produce it by directing the
airstream along the center of the tongue rather than to the sides. 6. The
airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means we articulate it by pushing air
solely with the lungs and diaphragm as in most sounds. So, the /ʈ/ is voiceless
because we don't vibrate our vocal cords when we say it.
It's retroflex because we say it by curling up the tip of the tongue without
letting it touch the palate. This is what happens during the /r/ part of the
sound: /r/, /r/. However, when we get to the /t/ part of the sound, we do let the tip
of the tongue touch the palate: /t/, /t/; /t/. So, we get: /ʈ/, /ʈ/; /ʈ/; like that.
And, it's a stop sound because we stop the airflow with our tongues before we
release it. Pause the video and try it: /ʈ/, /ʈ/; /ʈ/. It's time for the exercise!
Yes, it sure is. Right here, I have ten words; ten words I'm going to say out loud.
All you have to do is say each word after me, and I will say each word twice.
So, let's do this. Let's go! Word number 1: "kort",
and the last word is: "kort",
I'm sure you did a great job, and you can practice this over and over again. Can
you think of a Swedish world which contains the /ʈ/ sound? If you can, I'd
love it if you wrote down that word in the comments section below this video. By
now I'm sure you're able to name, describe, and say the /ʈ/ sound. Be sure
to subscribe to my channel, and watch this series from the start. Next Friday, I'll
be back with a new video in my series on LGBTQ+ Related Topics. Till then, I only
want to say three things: thank you for watching, have a great day, and "hej då".