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Long and short vowel sounds: Final part Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Swedish Language, Vocabulary

To measure is “mäta” and to be filled (food wise) is “mätta” though the word is more commonly found in the form of “mätt”.

“Jag vill mäta min längd, jag kanske har blivit längre” (“I want to measure my hight, I might have gotten taller”).

“Jag känner mig mätt och belåten”. (I’m feeling very content and satisfied”).


“Flyta” means to float, not too far a stretch from the English actually. “Flytta” however means to move.

“Jag har lärt mig att flyta!” (“I’ve learned to float!”)

“Var ska vi flytta?” (“Where are we going to move?”)


“Cykel” is also has a similar pronunciation in English. It means cycle, as in the noun. “Cykla” is a nice word, it means to ride a bicycle.

“Att dö är en del av livscykeln” (“Dying is a part of the cycle of life”).

“Eftersom det är så fint väder, ska vi inte ta en cykeltur?” (“Since its so nice weather outside, why don’t we take a bike ride?”).


When talking about Swedish traditions you will probably hear the word “bock” mentioned. It means goat, but is you will see the word combined with christmas, making the word “julbock”. Not to be confused with the word “bok” which can either mean book or beech.

“Har ni en Svensk guidebok?” (“Do you have a Swedish guide book?”).

“Om ni har varit stygga i år kommer julbocken och skrämmer er!” (“If you’ve been naughty during this year the Christmas goat will come and scare you”).


“Lok” means locomotive and “lock” means lid.

“Mamma, mamma, kolla loket!” (“Mama, mama, look at the locomotive engine!”)

“Kan du ge mig locket?” (“Could you pass me the lid?”)


In Swedish the word for frog is “groda” and sprout is “grodd”. The o in “groda” is pronounced as if you were saying “oops” in English. Whilst “grodd” would be closer to the English sound in nod.

“Titta, en groda” (“Look, a frog.”)

“Jag har letat efter groddar hela dagen, men jag kan inte hitta några i affärerna.” (“I’ve been looking for sprouts all day but I can’t find any in the shops.”)

Hopefully these posts have been helpful in developing your Swedish pronunciation and not just a waste of your time. Good luck using these words in the future.

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  1. Vincent Feller:

    A useful reminder! Especially the ‘o’ can be quite a mystery in Swedish though. Long or short, feels random sometimes! Tack för sharing!

  2. Mats:

    It’s spelled “cykel” both for cycle and bicycle, despite the long vowel in the first case, probably for historic reasons.

  3. Eric Swanson:

    Although Swedish in general is very phonetic, the letter “o” is problematic. It can be difficult for some English speakers to hear the differences in some Swedish pronunciations [e.g. kär, kärr, skär] because these are not sounds we are used to hearing in our language. On the other hand it is important to try to pronounce words as correctly as possible because Swedish is a tone sensitive language and Swedes will occasionally have trouble understanding words that are mispronounced even if the mispronunciation does not seem like a big deal to the English speaker. Fortunately, Swedes can usually understand what one is trying to say, based on their knowledge of English and the context in which one is using a word.