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PDF File A Pratical Guide Fundamentals of Phonetics for Students, 2/e. Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Pratical Guide for Students, 2/e. As college students, you are all familiar with the speaking process. Speaking is something you do every day. In fact, most people find speech to be quite automatic. It is safe to say that most of us are experts at speaking. We prob- ably have been experts since the time we were 3 or 4 years old. Yet, we never really think about the process of speech. We do not, as a rule, sit around think- ing about how ideas are formed and how their encoded forms are sent from the brain to the speech organs, such as the teeth, lips, and tongue. Nor do we think about how the speech organs can move in synchrony to form words. Think about the last party you attended. You probably did not debate the intricacies of the speech process while conversing with friends.