WTPh? – What the Phonics

WTPh? (What the Phonics) is an interactive installation made with Momo Miyazaki. Street names in Denmark are close to impossible for foreigners to pronounce, so we did a little intervention in the touristic areas of Copenhagen.

We recorded a Danish person speaking the street names then split up each syllable. In true karaoke style, we placed lights above the matching syllable so that in real-time, you can see which part of the word is being spoken.

For more info, please check out my blog post.

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  1. Ole Hopff says:

    m Danish and I know how difficult the pronunciation is so I welcome any help available; but I just wondered if it is necessary to say the name of the street when you have found it?
    Best wishes from Ole

  2. Brian Nielsen says:

    Hi Andrew and Momo. intelligent idea: May i suggest a development? – You could make a sticker to your Iphone/smartphone on every sign. Then a person can use the Iphone to hear the pronounciation af any sign , ,,, I hope you can use this idea. Thankyou from Brian, Copenhagen

  3. Andrew Spitz says:

    @Ole, true that by the time people get there it may be a little late 😉 But this is looking at it a little away from the practical, and more towards the playful and the relationship between people that may feel a little alienated from the city and the language.

    @Brian, We were keen to look at making an app. What you suggest would be a good solution. We haven’t had time to think about developing it further yet. We’re hoping that the city of Copenhagen would be keen to help us take this further.

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