"The three odd, odd lettres Å,Ä and Ö" Top 5 Page for this destination Sweden Local Custom Tip by Maline

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(This tip is also in my Sthlm page...)

Three letters in the Swedish alphabet may look odd to some visitors. the a with a ring, Å, the a with two dots, Ä and the o with two dots Ö.
Don't worry, lemme explain...:
Originally, the main vowel was the big one, and the less pronounced one was made small and put on top of the other, so the a with a ring, is actually an A with an O on top. NOW you get it, right?!
The pronounciation lies between the two lettres, similar to the english soung of a in "false". (Enlgish sound, not the american one, pretend to be british and say FALSE out loud... there you go!)
A and O with tho dots, were originally A and O with an E above. So, the pronounciation of th A with two dots is simila to the english sound of ai in "hair".
The o with two dots sound somewhat like the english sound of u in the word "fur".

There you go, now you can TALK LIKE A SWEDE..! :-)

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  • Updated Jan 7, 2005
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