Swedish Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently

Swedish words pronounced like English but spelled differently are pronunciations that you already know from English that apply to Swedish.

This is the Easiest Swedish Pronunciation even though the word is spelled differently in Italian than in English.

When you see a foreign word spelled slightly differently from English, you might assume that it is also pronounced slightly differently from English. But in many cases a foreign word spelled slightly differently from English is pronounced the same as in English -- or can be pronounced the same as in English and be understood.

Some parts of these Swedish words pronounced like English are spelled the same way as in English.

Other parts of these Swedish words pronounced English like are spelled in the Swedish way rather than the English way. For example, in place of the letter –c– used in English, Swedish often uses the letter –k–: café -- kafé -- [‘café’].

Some Swedish words are pronounced like English, and in the following pronunciation guide the Swedish words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: kan -- [‘can’].

To keep Swedish pronunciation easiest, Swedish words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to English if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that Swedish people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in English. You may merely sound like you have a ‘English accent’ in Swedish.

Later you can listen to how Swedish people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically Swedish.

Most likely not to be understood are short words of one syllable. The more syllables a word has, the less likely it is to be misunderstood, because the adjoining syllables help clarify the meaning of any one syllable that might sound ambiguous, and might be mistaken for a different word by the listener.

A famous funny example of French being misunderstood is “Je t’adore!” -- three syllables pronounced [zhuh tah-DOHR]. It means ‘I love you!’ -- but to an English-speaker it can sound like ‘Shut the door!’

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Swedish Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently:

ENGLISH -- SWEDISH -- [SAY LIKE ENGLISH]

acupuncture -- akupunktur -- [‘acupuncture’]

address -- adress -- [‘address’]

allergic -- allergisk -- [‘allergic’]

an -- en -- [‘an’]

anemic -- anemisk -- [‘anemic’]

antique -- antik -- [‘antique’]

are -- är -- [‘are’]

aromatherapy -- aroma-terapi -- [‘aromatherapy’]

asthma -- astma -- [‘asthma’]

automatic -- automatisk -- [‘automatic’]

avocado -- avokado -- [‘avocado’]

baby -- babyn -- [‘baby’]

basketball -- basketboll -- [‘basketball’]

boutique -- butik -- [‘boutique’]

bread -- bröd -- [‘bread’]

bus -- buss -- [‘bus’]

cafe -- kafé -- [‘cafe’]

caffeine -- koffein -- [‘caffeine’]

camera -- kamera -- [‘camera’]

can (v) -- kan -- [‘can’]

carafe -- karaff -- [‘carafe’]

casino -- kasino -- [‘casino’]

celery -- selleri -- [‘celery’]

class -- klass -- [‘class’ – as in British: klahs]

club (place) -- klubb -- [‘club’]

corkscrew -- korkscruv -- [‘corkscrew’]

crystal (glass) -- krystallglas -- [‘crystal glass’]

crystal (quartz) -- krystall -- [‘crystal’]

cup -- kopp -- [‘cup’]

cutlet -- kotelett -- [‘cutlet’]

discotheque -- diskotek -- [‘discotheque’]

doctor -- doktor -- [‘doctor’]

egg -- ägg -- [‘egg’]

filet (mignon) -- filé -- [‘filet’]

glass -- glas -- [‘glass’]

grapefruit -- grapefrukt -- [‘grapefruit’]

grilled -- grillad -- [‘grilled’]

group -- grupp -- [‘group’]

heterosexual -- heteroseksuell -- [‘heterosexual’]

Hey! (Hi!) -- Hei! -- [‘hey’]

homosexual -- homoseksuell -- [‘homosexual’]

insect -- insekt -- [‘insect’]

lamb -- lamm -- [‘lamb’]

liqueur -- likør -- [‘liqueur’]

local -- lokal -- [‘local’]

long (adj) -- lång -- [‘long’]

mackerel -- makrill -- [‘mackerel’]

manicure -- manikyr -- [‘manicure’]

May (month) -- maj -- [‘May’]

marmalade -- marmelad -- [‘marmalade’]

medicine -- medicin -- [‘medicine’]

menu -- meny -- [‘menu’]

midnight -- midnatt -- [‘midnight’]

mop -- mopp -- [‘mop’]

motorboat -- motorbåt -- [‘motorboat’]

motorcycle -- motorcykel -- [‘motorcycle’]

muesli -- müsli -- [‘muesli’]

nectarine -- nektarin -- [‘nectarine’]

noodle -- nudel -- [‘noodle’]

number -- nummer -- [‘number’]

October -- oktober -- [‘October’]

olive -- oliv -- [‘olive’]

omelet -- omelett -- [‘omelet’]

paper -- papper -- [‘paper’]

pepper -- peppar -- [‘pepper’]

platform -- plattform -- [‘platform’]

police -- polis -- [‘police’]

romantic -- romantiskt -- [‘romantic’]

sardine -- sardin -- [‘sardine’]

shampoo -- schampo -- [‘shampoo’]

soufflé -- sufflé -- [‘soufflé’]

stop (v) -- stopp -- [‘stop’]

tea -- thé -- [‘tea’]

telephone -- telefon -- [‘telephone’]

tour -- tur -- [‘tour’]

vanilla -- vanilj -- [‘vanilla’]

vinegar -- vinäger -- [‘vinegar’]

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LINKED TOGETHER IN SWEDISH

In some cases an English phrase is similar to single word in Swedish -- with a Swedish word equal to an English phrase.

double room -- dubbelrum -- [‘double room’]

fruit juice -- fruktjuice -- [‘fruit juice’]

internet cafe -- internetkafé -- [‘internet cafe’]

potato salad -- potatissallad -- [‘potato salad’]

roast beef -- rostbiff -- [‘roast beef’]

room service -- rumservice -- [‘room service’]

sightseeing tour -- sightseeingtur -- [‘sightseeing tour’]

telephone number -- telefonnummer -- [‘telephone number’]

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