Swedish Alphabets Pronunciation & 100 Swedish Words. How to pronounce each letter correctly? While, the Swedish alphabet is nearly identical to the English one.
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Swedish Alphabets (Svenska Alfabetet):
The Swedish alphabet has 29 letters, the same 26 (A–Z) that the English alphabet has, plus three additional Swedish letters.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Å Ä Ö
The most important thing to note here is that the three letters at the end — Å, Ä and Ö. While these three letters are separate from the A and O.
There are nine Vowels in Swedish language. ”Y’ is sometimes considered a vowel in Swedish rather than a consonant
A E I O U Y Å Ä Ö
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While, Swedish Language is made up of 20 consonants.
B C D F G H J K L M N P Q R S T V W X Z
Swedish alphabet pronunciation:
While, Swedish consonants have a similar pronunciation to English ones. Meanwhile, Swedish vowel pronunciation is bit difficult. Swedish vowels can either be long (when they’re at the end of a word or followed by one consonant) or short (when they’re followed by two consonants).
Completely mastering the Swedish alphabet, no matter how long it takes, will give you an excellent head start in learning how to write and read the language. It will offer you a solid foundation on which to build the other language skills, so set a goal to learn the alphabet so well that you’re able to recite it in your sleep!
|A: [Aah]||K: [koo]||U: [a’u]|
|B: [bay]||L: [ell]||V: [vay]|
|C: [say]||M: [em]||W: [dubel-vay]|
|D: [day]||N: [en]||X: [ex]|
|E: [aay]||O: [oo]||Y: [e’y]|
|F: [eff]||P: [phay]||Z: [sehta]|
|G: [gay]||Q: [khew]||Å: [o]|
|H: [ho]||R: [errr]||Ä: [aey]|
|I: [ee]||S: [ess]||Ö: [ooh]|
|J: [yee]||T: [tee]|
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|A||Sounds like the a in father when followed by a single consonant.|
|B||Pronounced as in English.|
|C||Pronounced like k, except when followed by e, i, y, ä, or ö, where it is pronounced like s.|
|D||Pronounced as in English. In the combination ”dj” the ”d” is silent.|
|E||Pronounced like ”e” in bed when followed by a single consonant. Otherwise like ”ay” in day.|
|F||Pronounced as in English.|
|G||Before the vowels (e i y ä ö) or in the combination ”gj”, pronounced like ”y” in yes. Otherwise pronounced like ”g” in go.|
|H||Pronounced as in English. H is silent in the combination ”hj”.|
|I||Pronounced like ”i” in bid when followed by a single consonant. Otherwise like ”ee” in see.|
|J||Pronounced like ”y” in yes.|
|K||Before the vowels (e i y ä ö) or in the combination ”kj”, pronounced like ”sh” in shirt. Otherwise pronounced like ”k” in king.|
|L||Pronounced as in English. ”L” is silent in the combination ”lj”.|
|M||Pronounced as in English.|
|N||Pronounced as in English.|
|O||Pronounced like o in hoop or ”o” in hop.|
|P||Pronounced as in English.|
|Q||Rare in Swedish.|
|R||Pronounced as in English. Except ”rs” which is pronounced ”sh”. Can be silent before ”n” and ”t”.|
|S||Pronounced like ”s” in sit.|
The combination ”rs” is pronounced ”sh”.
The combinations sj, skj, stj, as well as sk before (e i y ä ö) do not have an equivalent sound in English. Somewhat like the ”h” in huge.
|T||Pronounced as in English. The combination ”tj” is pronounced like ”sh” in ship.|
|u||Pronounced like ”oo” but with the lips more rounded. Represented by ”ew”.|
|V||Pronounced same as English.|
|W||Pronounced like ”v”. Not common in Swedish|
|X||Pronounced like ”ks”.|
|Y||A sound between ”ee” and ”oo”.|
|Z||Rare in Swedish. Pronounced like the ”s” in sit.|
|Å||Pronounced like ”oa” in boat.|
|Ä||Pronounced like ”e” in get.|
|Ö||Pronounced as a sound between ”ay” and ”o”. Represented by ”oe”.|
The vocabulary of Swedish Alphabets accordingly:
So, Here are Swedish words mentioned in alphabetic order. These are approximately 100 Swedish words, which can enhance your vocabulary of Swedish. While, they say, if you have 100 words vocabulary of any language, you can do basic conversation.
|A (aah)||använda: (use) ; anställd: (employee) ;|
|B (bay)||bra: (good) ; buss: (bus) ; bakom: (behind);|
|C (say)||centrum: (city center) ; cykling: (cycling); cirkla: (circle); citron: (lemon)|
|D (day)||dålig: (bad) ; doktor: (doctor) ; damer: (women) ;|
|E (aay)||ett: (one) ; eftersom: (because) ; eller: (or); elev: (student)|
|F (eff)||ful: (ugly) ; fredag: (friday) ; fem: (five) ; Förlåt: (sorry) :|
|G (gay)||Goddag: (good afternoon) ; Glad: (happy); glass: (ice cream)|
|H (hoo)||Hej: (hello) ; hitta: (find) ; höger: (right) ; hur: (how);|
|I (ee)||Idag: (today) ; Igår: (yesterday) ; Ingenjör: (engineer) ;|
|J (yee)||Ja: (yes) ; Januari: (January) ; Jacka: (Jacket);|
|K (koo)||klocka: (clock) ; komma: (come) ; kaffe: (coffee) ;|
|L (ell)||Lycka till: (good luck) ; Lärare: (teacher) ; Lampa: (lamp);|
|M (em)||minut: (minute) ; mat: (food) ; mjölk: (milk);|
|N (en)||nära: (near) ; Nej; (no) ; noll: (zero) ; ny: (new);|
|O (oo)||onsdag: (wednessday) ; ost: (cheese) ; om: (if) ;|
|P (phay)||Pengar: (money) ; prata: (talk); Pojke: (boy);|
|Q (khew)||Qatar: (Qatar);|
|R (errr)||rygg: (back) ; ringa: (call); rätt: (correct); rik: (rich);|
|S (ess)||sekund: (second) ; svår: (difficult) ; snälla: (please)|
|T (tee)||Tack: (thank you) ; Tag: (train) ; två: (two); te: (tea)|
|U (a’u)||Ursäkta: (excuse me) ; ung: (young); USB-sticka: (usb-stick);|
|V (vay)||Vecka. (Week.) ; vacker: (beautiful) ; Välkommen: (welcome);|
|W (dubel vay)||webbsida: (website);|
|Y (e’y)||Yrke: (occupation); Yacht: (Yacht); yoghurt: (yogurt);|
|Z (sehta)||zebra: (zebra); Zimbabwe: (Zimbabwe); Zooma: (zoom);|
|Å (o)||år: (year) ; åskväder: (thunderstorm); åsikt: (opinion);|
|Ä (aey)||älska: (love); ägg: (egg); Äpple: (Apple);|
|Ö (ooh)||öl: (beer) ; öga: (eye); öra: (ear); översvämning: (flood)|
You might have noticed, there are few alphabets in Swedish language, which do not come at start of word. For example, ”Q”, ”W” ”X” and ”Z” help to form other Swedish words. While, There are very few words which start from these alphabets.
Grattis! (Congratulations!) So, You’re now prepared to tackle Swedish alphabets and almost 100 Swedish words.
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