Och sound so much like 'or' and that throws me off
If you know the English word 'eke' (also) you have a good equivalent to the Swedish one with a similar meaning. (They go back to the same etymological root.)
I honestly never knew that eke was an English word and that it also (no pun intended) links to och, that's pretty interesting!
Sure you have heard to eke out before, no?
Probably, but I didn't think about that when I was writing the comment.
German "auch" must be related to "och", too. Same meaning: "also".
The same problem i found with the way it sounds dofferent from the original sound am used to
Is salt pronounced the same as it is in English?
Not really, you can listen to the pronunciation here: http://forvo.com/word/salt/#sv
So is this pepper like bell peppers, or as in black pepper/peppercorns?
Black pepper, like salt & pepper
what is a bell pepper type pepper?
In Swedish, it's en paprika. See images here: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paprika
It would make a nice pub name.
In some exercises I can hear 'och' sound like the och in loch, and other times with a softer 'oh'/'or' sound. Is there a rule to that or is it just speech/dialect quirks?
When we enunciate och sounds like åck (like in loch, I think), when we speak normally it usually sounds more like åh (loch without the k sound at the end).