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Memorization tricks?

Hey there everyone! Just thought it might be fun to share some memory tricks for recalling Swedish words/forms.

Here are a few of mine:

Han (He)/ Hon (She): I remember Han like Han Solo (he's manly) and Hon like the friendly/abbreviated version of calling someone "honey" (which is more likely to be used by women.)

Flera (several): like "plural."

Glass (ice cream): like French "glace."

Sköldpadda (turtle): I looked up the meaning of the word and found it's literally a "shield-toad." SH- words are often rendered SK- in Swedish (fish/fisk, english/engelska) so remembering the first part of the word is like shield helps me remember the rest.

2 years ago

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This is not really relevant, but the reason we swedes like to write SK and pronounce SH is because back in the 1700s we pronounced it like SK, and spelling has not changed much since. So skepp, sköld, etc were really pronounced like they are spelled.

2 years ago

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Interesting. Are there any Nordic languages that still pronounce it as it is spelled?

When I started learning Swedish, I found it satisfying that the "k" in words like "kniv" is pronounced as it is written. As a native English speaker, I'm used to it being just another example of illogical English spelling.

2 years ago

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Thanks! I just started learning Swedish so this is very helpful. :)

2 years ago

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Awesome, thank you!

2 years ago