Swedish Accent Voice

Hey, so I noticed that Swedes sounds often a lot more nasal and I figured out how to make that voice with my throat so that I sound more Swedish when I speak.

The sounds are made more in my throat than my mouth like when I speak English, not sure how else to describe it. I just wanna be sure this is correct. In Swedish do the sounds come more from the throat?

October 31, 2015


I hope this makes sense... In English the sound originates from the back of the mouth and is shaped there also. Think of the A in "travel" or "apple" -- way back in the throat. But Swedes will say Epple or Trahvel when speaking English because their sounds are further up in the mouth (with the exception of certain vowels in certain dialects).

--What I'm trying to say is that Swedes will shape the sounds in the front of their mouth much more than English-speakers will. If you consciously try to push your words to the front of your mouth and shape the sounds with your lips your Swedish will sound more Swedish and less English.

October 31, 2015

Thank you! I've been googling for hours and yours is the only comment on this matter that I found. Swedish DOES sound nasal but neither Wikipedia, nor other sources seem to notice that. I've been trying to find a linguistic/phonetic explanation of this phenomenon to no result so far...

July 11, 2016

I have noticed this too but I'm guessing it's not made by trying to manually close your nasal passage, but by your tongue being pushed forward which constricts the nasal passage.

For example: stick your tongue out and try to make an "ooh" sound. Now, obviously Swedes aren't actually sticking their tongue out, but you can get a similar sound by pushing your tongue forward while folding the tip down behind your bottom teeth.

Can anyone confirm that this is how Swedes make the "nasally" Uu and Yy sounds?

October 26, 2016
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