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High pitched pronunciation

Whenever I hear certain words in Swedish, they seem to have a very high-pitched sound. This is what I mostly mean when the i's or y's are stressed in Swedish creating this sound (the first one) https://forvo.com/word/fyra/#sv

I've been trying to accomplish this pronunciation, but I failed. I was just wondering if there are any tips on how to pronounce it.

February 14, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

I'm not sure we mean the same thing with the word being high-pitched. Maybe what you're hearing is the slight /j/ sound that goes after long I and Y?

February 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/liteekorn

I think so. I don't know how to explain it, but it sounds squeaky in a way. I've heard it pronounced by some Swedes when they say words such as "hej," "dig," "okej," "nej," "liv" etc.

February 15, 2017

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    Is it the nasally kinda sound? I've noticed it mostly with "i" sounds too. I don't think it's essential to master for non-natives, but it is something that might come with practice. The best I can describe it (as a non-native!) is trying to make the sound resonate more, feel it "vibrate" perhaps in the back of your throat/in your sinuses - but perhaps a native can confirm if this is what is occurring when they speak?

    EDIT: I found this, if you scroll down quite a bit she discusses how to make the "i" sounds: http://www.thelocal.se/blogs/theswedishteacher/2010/03/14/aoauiyeao/

    EDIT2: https://youtu.be/hzYArZVTD4s?t=5m37s I believe this video series was created by one of the Duolingo Swedish course contributors. You should watch the whole video, and perhaps go back and watch Part 1. The pronunciation videos in the series have been very helpful imo.

    February 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/liteekorn

    Thank you! :D When I do make the sound, I hold my breath for a bit, and now I got the hang of the sound now ^w^

    February 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheSlavLad

    It's definitely not a nasal sound. Can't really describe it though. Feels like your throat flexes lol

    February 15, 2017
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