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Phonetics-phonologyPhonetic reading has become the method du jour in the last two decades for teaching young students how to read. There is much controversy surrounding this teaching method and the division seems to, roughly, follow along the generational division lines. Regardless of personal feelings on teaching students how to read, the value of phonics, especially to those learning a new language, cannot be denied. There is a difference between phonetics and phonology, however, which often seems to be overlooked. Phonetics revolves around the physical manifestation of speech sounds and speech production and perception by human beings, a prior understanding of language itself is irrelevant. Phonology is about the patterns of sounds that are made in speaking. These can vary between languages, certain combinations of letters, and their corresponding sounds, are not seen in english, but may be commonplace in a language such as Swedish (note the /tv/ sound seen in the Swedish number two, tvu). There is also variation in phonology within languages. Knowledge and understanding of both phonetics and phonology is essential for a proper grasp of any language and english is no different. Phonetic language can be learned just like normal reading and writing. Phonetic language has