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Pronunciation Breakdown: Swedish Sj-Sound Posted by on Sep 24, 2021

Learning about phonetics is cool. And if you ask me, pretty difficult! A recent blog commenter said they have difficulty with the Swedish sj-sound and asked for tips to practice it. Classified as a “voiceless fricative phoneme” it’s one of the most difficult sounds in the Swedish language to reproduce. While I’m not a phonetics…

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Stream Smarter, Practice Swedish! Posted by on Apr 21, 2020


People are consuming more media online now than ever more. Statistics show us that streaming of media content online is up almost 50% in some countries due to Coronavirus. With that in mind, I thought that I would highlight a couple of Swedish websites with movies and tv shows that are available right now via…

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A Master List of Swedish Resources for Christmas Posted by on Dec 24, 2019

God jul, folks! This year for Christmas I’m giving you all the gift of web resources! The internet is truly a magical place nowadays for language study, but there is a lot out there and it can be hard to sort it all out. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite web resources for grammar…

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Swedish Tongue-Twisters. Part Two. Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

Have you mastered the tongue-twisters from last week? Personally, I think “sex laxar i en laxask” is the trickiest. If you haven’t had a chance to practice yet, take a look at Swedish Tongue-Twisters. Part One. If you have, get ready for a new set of tongue-twisters. These are a little bit harder and maybe…

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Swedish Tongue-Twisters. Part One. Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

Tongue-twisters are a lot of fun. I remember several from my childhood, trying to say them faster and faster only to eventually be spitting out vowels and consonants in complete disarray. Then laughing. A lot. I was easily amused.   But it turns out that being able to spit out “Sally sells sea shells by…

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Long and short vowel sounds: Final part Posted by on Mar 1, 2012

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…

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Long and short vowels in Swedish: The a-sound Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

“Long or short vowel sound, does it really matter? I bet it doesn’t” I’m sure you’re thinking. But oh how wrong that would be. Because Swedish is full of tricky words that become completely different words if you mispronounce them. In this post I’ll just take up what you will be saying if you mispronounce…

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