Swedish Pronunciation Guide

By Dick Oakes


A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g,
H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p,
Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v,
X x, Y y, Z z, Ä ä, Å å, Ö ö


Swedish is a North Germanic language and has over nine million speakers. It is closely related to Danish and Norwegian.

Letters not listed below are pronounced approximately as in English.


A, a   - aw as in law
E, e   - ie as in pier
I, i   - i as in pin; i as in machine
O, o   - o as in note; also o as in gone
U, u   - u as in duke; eu as in fleur
Y, y   - eu as in fleur
 
Ä, ä   - o as in note
Å, å   - a as in tap
Ö, ö   - eu as in fleur; e as in her
 
D, d   - as in English but with the tip of the tongue touching the upper teeth
G, g   - g as in go before a consonant or hard vowel (a, o u, å);
    e as in pet
J, j   - y as in yes
K, k   - k as in keep before a hard vowel;
    ch as in check (but without the t) before a soft vowel (e, i, y, ä, ö)
L, l   - as in English but with the tongue not actually touching the teeth
R, r   - slightly rolled
X, x   - x as in exceed (never with the g sound of example)
Z, z   - s as in sing


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