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Gôteborgska-Gothenburgian dialect Posted by on Mar 20, 2017

Almost each city has a different dialect in Sweden. The Gothenburgian dialect (göteborgska) is part of the Western-Swedish dialects. There is approximately 600 000 people who speak this dialect both in Gothenburg and in the surrounding areas. The emphasis in this western dialect goes always up just like in Norwegian. The common perception is that…

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Why do we speak differently? Different Swedish dialects Posted by on Jan 5, 2014

There are some areas of Sweden where the Swedish language hasn’t really been affected very much by the standard language and which still can be traced back to what is often referred to as Old Norse. In Swedish these dialects are usually called sockenmål or bygdemål. This is a documentary made quite a few years…

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Pronunciation of the Swedish å, ä and ö Posted by on Jan 13, 2012

The Swedish alphabet consists of 29 letters. The last three are å,ä and ö. These are the only ones that differ from the English alphabet. The Swedish å-sound can either be a long sound or a short one. When being long it is pronounced like the English word fore. The short sound as in yonder…

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107 Swedish dialects – all in one place Posted by on Aug 13, 2010

We had some friends around for dinner last night. One of them is going to Sweden for a work exchange in a few weeks time and she kindly asked me to teach her something typically Swedish. Of course, I took my task seriously and I decided to teach her  how to drink aquavit Swedish style, drinking songs included… An…

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