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Any tips on how to pronounce words in swedish?

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I'm having trouble learning how to really pronounce words in swedish, any help is appreciated!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/clayKaboom
clayKaboom
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Good question! I always user howjsay.com for English but couldn't find something similar to Swedish. This one here seems to be crowdsourced: http://forvo.com/languages/sv/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlantOstwodd

I second this. Forvo is great!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John00625
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You should listen to someone speaking Swedish (You can find these types of videos on Youtube), and mimic their speech and pronunciation, and you should get the hang of it :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Try Forvo and Swedish Pod 101 on YouTube. They are podcasts in 4 levels, and are meant to improve your listening, but that will go hand in hand with pronunciation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skalpadda

As a general tip one of the most common problems I hear, from English speakers in particular, is trying to insert diphthongs everywhere when Swedish doesn't really have them (some dialects do, though), so learn the vowel sounds, including those pesky "å ä ö" ones.

A second one is rhythm and pitch accent, which seem very tricky for beginners to learn and I don't know of any easy ways to properly get your head around it other than doing a lot of listening and emulating until you get an intuitive feel for it.

On the bright side, while it is pretty hard to sound like a native Swede, as long as you pronounce the sounds in the right order comprehension usually isn't a big problem.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DesignByAdrian

It will take a long time (or forever) before you lose enough of your accent to not sound foreign. You might as well pronounce the words literally - emphasise on the consonants.

Taste = Smaka - S-mmmaaah-kah

Shirt = Tröja - T-rrr-öyy-aah

2 years ago