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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thewiseman

Swedish and german umlauts

Hey, I just started learning swedish... And I have a question... I have been learning german for a year... and are swedish umlauts ö ä ü the same as the german umlauts or are they different...

And is it an advantage that I know english and german for learning swedish?

November 20, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCarlsson

The German "ü" corresponds (more or less) to the Swedish "y"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hdcanis

Well, they sound a bit similar, yes...

However, take note that in Swedish å, ä and ö are considered separate letters instead of variations of a or o with accent marks or umlauts, and they have their own place in the alphabet (at the end of it, so Swedish alphabet goes from A to Ö instead of A to Z like English and German). The same is true for Finnish, btw. So strictly speaking Swedish does not have umlauts, they just have letters that look like that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G0108

Swedish umlauts are just ä and ö. They also have å. You should use a Swedish keyboard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thewiseman

yes, I am using a Swedish keyboard, but do they sound the same, as in german? ä and ö?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G0108

I don't think so from what I have seen. I know å makes an o sound.

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