Pronunciation in Swedish

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Today’s lesson is dealing with pronunciation. I have several tips and tricks for you that may come in handy.

I have a nice hint that helps you predict how to pronounce words. If there is a double consonant in a word, then the vowel standing in front of it is usually a short vowel. See the example below.

KATT => [kʌt]

The rule mentioned above can’t be applied in those cases, when a consonant is doubled because of an added prefix. There was meddelande mentioned in the previous lesson and it just fits the definition above. The word consists of a prefix med (which means with) and delande (which means sharing in this context).

MEDDELANDE => [me:de:lande]

I have one more useful trick for you. Let’s talk about kaka which means cake in English. The first -a in this one is pronounced as a long vowel and the second one is pronounced as a short vowel. And that’s how you can treat other similar words.

KAKA => [ka:ka]
SVARA => [sva:ra]
LAGA => [la:ga]

I will make more comments about pronunciation in one of the forthcoming lessons. There are many topics to discuss — for example the difference in pronunciation in Stockholm or other counties. Stay tuned and continue studying.

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