A Pronounced as "a" i "car", or like "u" in "fuck". En apa Sluta att bete dig som en apa! monkey or ape Stop behaving like a monkey! Alla Alla tystnade plötsligt. Everone Everyone suddenly became quiet. B En bil Jag har köpt en ny bil. car or vehicle I have bought a new car. C En cykel Jag cyklar ofta på min cykel. bike I often ride on my bike. D En dörr Öppna dörren! door Open the door! E Pronounced as "e" in "bed" or a longer version of it. eller Vill du ha vodka eller snaps? or Do you want vodka or snaps? ek Den här whiskyn smakar mycket ek. oak This whisky tastes a lot of oak. (This whisky has a strong taste of oak.) F Fil Jag äter fil till frukost. (a sour form of I eat (fil) for breakfast. yogurt) G Ett glas Jag serverar glassen i ett glas. glass I serve the ice cream in a glass. H Ett hus Det är ett fult hus. house It is an ugly house. I Pronounced as "ee" in cheese or "i" in "in". inte Det är inte kallt. not It is not cold. J Pronounced as "y" in "yellow". Ja Ja, det tycker jag också. Yes Yes, I think so too. K En kniv Förbjudet att bära kniv! knife Forbidden to wear a knife! L Lyx Vilken lyx! Luxury What a luxury! M Mamma Hur mår din mamma? Mammy How does your mother feel? N nummer Vilket nummer har du? number Which number do you have? O Pronounced as "oo" in "choose", or short like in "good" or like short Å. omotiverad Jag är omotiverad. unmotivated I am unmotivated. också Jag vill också ha! also, too, I also want (something)! as well P Pappa Hur gammal är din pappa? daddy How old is your father? Q (Använder vi inte på svenska) Very seldom used R Ett rum Har ni något ledigt rum åt mig? room Have you(pl) any unoccupied room for me? (Do you have any room available for me?) S En sak Vad kallas den där saken? thing What is that thing called? T tomt Här var det tomt! empty Here it was (is) empty. U Pronounced as French or Dutch U. utan Jag klarar mig utan den. without I manage without it. V vatten Kan jag få ett glas vatten? water May I have a glass of water? (W) Not used in Swedish words but may appear in surnames. Prounced as English V. X En yxa Han högg upp dörren med en yxa. axe He cut the door open with an axe. Y Pronounced as a deep version of "ee" in cheese but with the mouth formed as an O. yr Jag är yr. dizzy I am dizzy. yrke Vad har du för yrke? profession What is your profession? Z En zebra En zebra ser ut som en randig häst. zebra A zebra looks like a striped horse. Note: Z is pronouced as s! Å Pronounced as "a" in "ball" or "o" in "song". En å Varför gå över ån efter vatten? stream Why walk across the stream to get water? Ä Pronounced as "a" in "man" or "e" in "very". Ett äpple Varsågod, tag ett äpple! apple There you are, take an apple! äta Var kan man äta? eat Where can (someone, people in general) eat? Ö Pronounced as "e" in "her", long or short. En ö Å i åa ä e ö! (Wermländska) island Och i ån är en ö. (Svenska) And in the stream is an island.
2004-01-08 [Ocean Dreaming]: "how the are spelled" - they, I would presume you mean ;) "entrence" - entrance "sentince" - sentence "become" - becomes "taste" - tastes "lot of oak" - 'like' runs more smoothly, but I'm not sure yours is incorrect. ^^; "How do your" - does "You old are your father?" - I presume the sentence should translate as "How old is your father?"? "Do you have any room available me?" - for me "a glas of water" - glass (and you're missing a question mark at the end ;) ) That'd be all the typos I can find. Hope it helps! ^_^;
2006-06-07 [Hedda]: Thanks! Fixed! Bara ett halvannat år försent! (Only one and a half year too late!)
2006-06-20 [Faery]: Do all the letters have the same pronounciation as in english?
2006-06-20 [Hedda]: Nej. Har du inte lyssnat på ljudfilen? (No, haven't you listened on the sound-file?)
2006-06-20 [Faery]: Oups! :P sorry, I just woke up, I'm not awake yet ... (bad excuse, I know, but still true!!)
2006-06-20 [Hedda]: I added some written explanations now! I guess you have no idea how the Y sounds otherwise...
2006-06-20 [Faery]: well, my speakers are shit and I can'T her the soundfile, so yes, the written explanation does help! Although that leter seems pretty awkward to my frenchie's ears... :-P
2006-06-28 [Ocean Soul]: This is mighty useful.. I'm at the moment trying to learn a little swedish anyway xD Somehow swedish always sounds like you're explaining something really important, even if you only say hello :P
2006-12-04 gabguy: There is a song called "Boten Anna" - in this song there's a line - "Jag känner en bot" and the singer says it - "Ya-SHanner an bot". so I wanted to ask why the "K" sounds like "SH"?
2006-12-04 [Ocean Soul]: Because that's how it's pronounced -.-'
2006-12-04 [Hedda]: Ä is a soft vowel, so K infront of Ä becomes "tj" (or "sh" with English spelling). Same thing in "kära" (in love), köra (drive) and kika (google). Of course there are exeptions: "killa" (tickle) and köa (queue). "kä" is always pronounced "shä" as far as I can figure out though.
2006-12-13 DE: Aren't there supposed to be long and short vowels in Swedish? O.o Or does that just mean that to pronounce, for example, a long "å" you just elongate the sound a bit?
2006-12-14 [Hedda]: There are short and long vowels in Swedish. It's explained above. It's mostly A that sounds differently though. And a short O that often is spoken like a short Å.