Swedish vowels Å Ä Ö
Would you like to learn or improve how to actually say those last three confusing letters in the Swedish alphabet? We’re talking about the Swedish vowels Å Ä Ö.
Swedish has 9 vowels in the alphabet! Apart from the ‘extra’ letters Å Ä Ö, we also consider Y as a vowel. And all our 9 vowels have two sounds each; a long and a short sound. It’s really important to get these sounds right. If you don’t, you can easily be misunderstood.
The Swedish Vowels Workshop Bundle
What you need is a system for how the Swedish sounds are actually created. Physically. In your vocal tract.
When you’ve learnt how to work with your lips, tongue and larynx, you will begin to FEEL (not just hear) how Swedish actually sounds. We’ve created a Swedish Vowels Workshop Bundle that will help you with precisely this.
You get 6 months access to 3 actionable workshops on Swedish vowels pronunciation. For only £50!
Learn the missing piece from SFI, Folkuniversitetet, Duolingo and other Swedish courses
- 3 actionable workshops on Swedish vowel pronunciation
- 6 month access
- All 9 vowels (long and short sounds)
- Vocal Tract Anatomy
- Tongue, Lips and Larynx Awareness
- Example words (downloadable PDF’s)
- Teacher: opera singer/voice coach Stefan Holmström
- Teacher: Swedish Teacher Dr Anneli Beronius Haake
- Instructions in English with Swedish example words
A few words about Å, Ä and Ö
Here is the first one of the three extra vowels in Swedish (they come in the end of the alphabet by the way, in this order: å, ä, ö). The challenge is to really distinguish them as separate vowels, and not just muddled versions of A and O. You can think of the Å as the ‘au’ sound in (British accent) ‘Paul’. Indeed, some Swedish Pauls actually spell their names Pål. The sound is long, as in a long ‘Pååål’, or ‘poor’.
You can think of this letter as the English ‘ai’ in ‘pair’, or ‘hair’. The only thing to remember is that the mouth is actually quite wide, a bit more of a smile than when saying ‘pair’.
Finally, the Ö is similar to the English sound ‘i’ in the word ‘bird’. Or ‘u’ in the word ‘fur’. Or ‘ea’ in the word ‘heard’. You need to round your lips, but also make them into a trumpet-shape.
And finally, the graduation test is to fully master the following Swedish tongue twister: Flyg fula fluga flyg, och den fula flugan flög (Fly, ugly fly, fly, and the ugly fly flew.).
If you want to go further…
Speak Like a Swede course
Skulle du vilja låta mer svensk? Har du aldrig lyckats uttala sjuksköterska, eller vad skillnaden är mellan Å, Ä och Ö? Eller när G eller K uttalas hårt eller mjukt? Känner du sig osäker på hur man betonar ord när man uttalar dem?
Would you like to sound more Swedish? Never got the hang of how to say sjuksköterska, or what the difference is between Å, Ä and Ö? Or when G or K is pronounced hard or soft? Feel unsure of where to stress a word when you pronounce it?
If this is you, then this course is definitely for you!