How to Speak With a Swedish Accent

by Contributor

Speaking with a Swedish accent can be a fun way to break the ice or show off your sense of humor. Although, some words can be hard to pronounce like a native because the Swedish language is spoken in a rhythmic pattern, it can be a good way to use the word, "yah" a lot. If you take the time to perfect your accent, you'll be mistaken for a Sweed in no time.

Take a Swedish language class. Learn how to the letters of the alphabet sound and how to correctly pronounce words and phrases so you can add them into your vocabulary and practice them with your accent.

Incorporate phrases like, "God Morgon!" into your everyday speaking. That is Swedish for, "Good Morning!"

Listen to audio recordings or watch movies from Sweden. Study the accents of the actors and actresses and copy the way their accents sound. The high and low pitches of words are not marked in the written Swedish language, but are better learned by listening to the language.

Pay attention to they way you are pronouncing words and phrases. "God Natt!" might sound similar to "Good Night!", but the "O" sound should be stronger and quicker.

Distinguishes between the short and long vowel sounds. For instance, the "a" is always a short vowel sound, as in the word, "bar" or "casa." The "I" can be spoken with a long vowel sound, like "EE" in the word "keep." It can also be short, like the word "pit."

Practice by repeating what you have learned until your accent is so good that you could be mistaken for someone from Sweden.

Tip

  • Remember to use the word, "yah" a lot in your everyday conversation. It will help you seem more authentic.

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