October 17, 2019 3

Learning Svenska #1 – The Alphabet

Learning Svenska #1 – The Alphabet


Hello and welcome to my series on learning
Swedish. I will assume that you’ve at least as skilled as I am in English, which will
be our “bridge language” if you’re not a native speaking English person. I’m going to try
to stick to a visual format and be very clear when I take examples if the two words or phrases
I comparing are equivalent in regards to spelling, pronunciation or meaning. And if you truly
want to learn Swedish, I implore you to practice on your own; I can’t teach you the whole Swedish
dictionary and all the different dialects and slang words that exist. It should also
be noted that I’m not at all an educated language teacher; I’m just a random Swedish dude who
wanted to do this. But I’m native speaking and have a very good knowledge in the Swedish
language and I’m pretty decent at teaching. So, if there’s something you think I need
to cover that I haven’t, please say so. Anyhow, let’s get started. First of I want
to start at the very basics, the Alphabet. The Swedish Alphabet has 29 letters, although
some, like Q, W, Z is almost never used except in names and a very few words. There are 9
vowels which are A,E, I,O,U,Y,Å,Ä,Ö and the rest are consonants. Note that Y is considered
a vowel and therefore doesn’t in Swedish has the same pronunciation as J in English. Pronunciation in Swedish is fairly simple
since all letters are pronounced as one sound, contrary to English. It might not be obvious
if you’re a native English speaker, but if you try to pronounce A indefinitely you’ll
notice that you can’t because you start off with [Ä] and then continue with [J]. In Swedish
you would on the other hand just continue the same sound, [A]. On the other hand, all
vowels have two different pronunciations which are fairly similar. These two pronunciations
are called short and long vowel and the short vowel is usually shorter and more high-pitched
while the long vowel is longer and has lower pitch. In the beginning it will probably be
very hard to separate the two but after a while it will become more natural. When it comes to the consonants, they are
all more or less identical in pronunciation compared to English, although Q is pronounced
as K and W is pronounced as V. I think this is enough for now and in my next video I will
go more in depth on every letter and pronunciation and some exceptions, because there are always
some of those in every language. Thank you for watching.

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