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Yes, Sj-sound and this sound can be written in many different ways in Swedish. Here are some examples from wikipedia:
In some places it's something like "shed". I'm from Uppsala (born, but raised only for a short time), and that's how my family and the memories of four year old me pronounce it. It's definitely easier to say, that other sound is the nightmare of those that want to learn Swedish. I don't know if there are any connotations to this accent though.
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I've followed the links in the comments here and audio read the wiki page for the ɧ sound (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sj-sound) especially the section discussing the place of articulation and I can't say I'm confident about my pronunciation of this word at all. It sounds like it would be 'hw' but none of the phonetic guides I find support that. I believe the sound may not involve the lips at all (which would be used to make 'hw' sound) and may be formed instead by the back of the tongue against the soft palate (like French 'r' only much gentler, only restricting air flow a bit). I found the audio sample on this site to be helpful http://www2.hhs.se/isa/swedish/chap9.htm in forming my opinion.
No prob man, here it is: http://fsi-languages.yojik.eu/languages/swedish.html :))
So how do u pronounce spoon properly in swedish? Im coming back to this language as an adult from childhood its very strange. I dont recognize this pronunciation at all. How would one translitterate maybe?
I know äpple is pronounced the same in Russian, my Russian friend told me. Interesting.
The spoon im having problems with. I dont know why.