Swedish lessons - part 2ish  

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9/11/2006 9:40 pm

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Swedish lessons - part 2ish

Here's some input from a "Friend Finder" on here that might help you true language seekers out there
Thank KC_JJKC_JJ, I will most definitely!

å like "aw" or mnemonically think "oa" as in "boat" only more like the "flattened" form it which the people from the Great Lakes region of US/Canada typically use. In Danish or Norwegian this vowel sound is commonly written like as a combined 'aa' as well.

ä - A usual "short 'a'" sound like in "ant" ( the insect ). In Danish or Norwegian this vowel sound is commonly written like as a combined 'ae'.

ö. Use the two dots on the "o" to mnemonically think "oo" as in "wood". But not as in "boot". Danish and Norwegian use the "ø" character to represent the equivalent sound. The 'o' sound as used in the word "wolf" is another way to think about it.

See... That wasn't so hard, was it

Stay tuned for more practical sentences.

//Naomi (& KC_JJ)

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9/11/2006 10:50 pm

Wow, I just left another comment concerning this in the previous post and now as I step back to see your wider blog veiw I notice that I've been "pimped" ( as they comomnly say around here ). I'm flattered that you liked my input well enough to feature it in such a way.

Late addition to the pronounciation guide.

Now for a tip with odd consonanants.

The 'j' as used in Swedish functions like a 'y' does in English. This is pretty much a consistent rule across the board.

Also the 'g' often gets used similarly especially when used as the first letter or last letter of a word following a vowel. But not always either ( which makes it a somewhat problematic consonant sound to the uninitiated ) Also the when a word ends with a vowel and then a 'g' ( Like ing the word for I - Jag ) the 'g' it can be almost silent and more like "implied" if that makes any sense.

So to say "I" in Swedish is pretty much like saying "Yah" only it's spelled Jag.

A good example of the 'g' getting a 'y' sound is in the Southern city of Göteborg. Which is pronounced like "Yooteboree" ( sort of ). That is a hard one to approximate in phonetic english but that is about as close as I can come to the real deal.

An example of a hard Swedish 'g' lies in one of the words commonly used for "street" which is gatan and is prounouced as if you were saying the two english words "got on" as one unified word.

A little confusing I know as to when to know if something with a 'g' gets the 'y' sound or the usual hard 'g' and I don't know if there is an exact rule about that. I'll have to check it with a native Swedish speaker.

Clear as mud?

Anyway I've also had my Swedish polluted by a few years of exposure to Danish which is nearly the same on paper but sounds very different so if I ever slip up and give the wrong info I'm sure Naomi will catch it and correct me.

Won't you?



9/13/2006 10:12 am

PS. pardon my stutter on the word consonants



9/13/2006 10:21 am

Yet one more thing to confuse the crap out of you.

Here is the Danish and and Norwegian equivalent of the Swedish character for the short a sound.

Swedish - ä
DanskNorsk - æ


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9/16/2006 1:03 am

Hei = G'day, A lesson in strine.

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