Pronunciation tips for Swedish I

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Pronunciation tips I

This lesson is going to show us useful tips and tricks that help us with our pronunciation.

People are usually struggling with pronunciation on their way to fluency. But there are rules that can help us pronounce better. One way or another, the more you study, read and listen, the better your pronunciation habits will be.

Today we are going to talk about pronunciation tips and tricks that make us sound more confident and native.

Let’s divide vowels into two groups for today’s lesson. These two groups consist of: SOFT and HARD vowels:

SOFT vowels

e, i, y, ä, ö

HARD vowels

a, o, u, å

Why is it useful to distinguish between the hard and the soft vowels then? It helps us pronounce the “soft” and “hard” words properly.

The “soft” words are for example: GET, GIFT, GÄST or att GÖRA. And to the “hard-words” group belong for instance the following words: GATA, GODIS, GURKA.

The “g” ahead of the soft vowels is pronounced as [J] (like “y” in the english “yes”) whereas the “g” ,which is followed by the hard vowel, is pronounced as [G] (like Google).

Let’s take a look at some other “soft-voweled” word-examples, where the consonant “k” is pronounced like “sh” as in the English word shell:

kex, kind, kyrka, kärlek, kök

However, the consonant “k” in the following examples (hard vowels) is pronounced as the “k” in the English word “kitchen”:

kaka, ko, kula, kål

I am going to write a list of words now, and you can try to decide whether the consonant “c” in the word is pronounced like “c” in the English word “cinema” or like the “c” in the word “Canada”:

cancer, cykel, café, centrum, cirkus, cocktail, Cuba

Follow the soft and hard vowels rule to get the right answer.

And the last task is to sort out the words from the following list. The “sk” in the beginning of the word is pronounced as :/ɧ/ (soft vowels) and [sk] (hard vowels) as in the English word “school”:

sked, skida, skydd, skämt, skön, skada, ska, skugga

I hope that you find these tips useful and they will help you pronounce in a better way. I will add more pronunciation tips and tricks in the next lesson. See you soon, bye bye!

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