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Is the "och" pronounced always as "oh"?

1 year ago

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I have been taught that och is pronounced with a k sound only when it ends a sentence. So if I, for instance, answer a question Både och, I will pronounce the k. This is Finnish Swedish though, I do not know how things work in Sweden. :)

1 year ago

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Yes, that would be one exception. It's the same in the Swedish in Sweden.

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It can be pronounced with a "k" sound within sentences as well. Though I guess that to the degree that someone uses both "oh" and "ok" they are more likely to use "ok" at the end of the sentence (to prounce the example " både oh" would sound rather weird to me)

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Well, yes and no. In spoken Swedish that is very common to shortening it. But when I grew up, very old people (a generation that is almost completely gone now) tend to say the word correctly.

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Would one pronounce it as 'ok' in more formal situations?

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We're not so formal in Sweden at all. Maybe you can use it if you become a Swedish news anchor or a radio journalist. Use the either way as you like, but "oh" is the common one. Both will be understood.

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I don't think people will change how they pronounce "och" depending on situation. However, at least to me, the "oh" sounds a bit dialectal, so you will probably sound a bit more formal if you use "ok".

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I would say that it is the other way around, with "ok" being more modern. I checked some old recordings at http://www.sprakochfolkminnen.se/sprak/dialekter/lyssna-pa-dialekter.html as well as some modern broadcasts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T-NTI5Ql7Y&list=PLnzug_NrCRZvHwBaKpUk8N0Ujk7Lwy1i8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0XV28NmGyY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LkwRue9aK4) and in the old records oh ("å") is more common and in the broadcasts "ok".

1 year ago

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I agree with you. The general tendency is that people tend to adapt their speech more and more to how the written words look.

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Pretty much. It's mostly just pronounced fully when you want to emphasize it more, or when it's followed by a temporary silence, or when deliberately talking slow for the sake of clarity.

In my opinion, to always pronouce it as "Ock" would be weird and I think, no I know, most swedes would agree.

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No, it is pronounced both with and without a k-sound. There is probably some dependence on dialect, sociolect etc, but it is not as clear as for example the pronounciation of "ja".

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