Swedish Spelled Like English

Swedish Spelled Like English are the very easiest Swedish words for English speakers.

The Swedish words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really Swedish words.

Some of the following Swedish words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'computer' and 'internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French ['ballet'] or from other languages by both English and Swedish .

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

The easiest introduction to Swedish pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Swedish words spelled like English. By hearing how the Swedish pronunciation differs from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Swedish pronunciation system.

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SWEDISH SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH

SWEDISH -- [SAY]

adapter -- [‘adapter’]

alarm

äpple -- [EPH-leh]

april -- [ap-RIHL]

baby -- [beh-BIH]

bacon -- [‘bacon’]

band (music)

bank -- [bahngk]

bar -- [‘bar’]

beige -- [beesh]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

bit (piece) -- [beet]

broccoli -- [BROH-koh-lee]

camembert -- [kam-ehm-BEHRT]

camping

centimeter -- [SEHN-tee-MAY-tuhr]

chili -- [SHEE-lih]

chips (potato) -- [shihps]

cola -- [‘cola’]

cognac -- [‘cognac’]

december -- [‘December’]

denim -- [‘denim’]

deodorant -- [deh-u-du-RAHNT]

diesel -- [‘diesel’]

digital -- [dih-gih-TAHL]

diet

dollar (U.S.) -- [DOH-lar]

donation

drink -- [n] -- [‘drink’]

enter

express -- [EHX-prehs]

extra -- [‘extra’]

fax -- [‘fax’]

fax machine

film (movie) -- [‘film’]

foto

gate (boarding) -- [‘gate’]

gay -- [‘gay’]

gin -- [‘gin’]

gluten -- [‘gluten’]

golf -- [gohlf]

gram -- [krahm]

gratis -- [GRAH-tihs]

guide -- [‘guide’]

gym -- [yim]

hall

hand

horn (animal) -- [‘horn’]

information (desk) -- [ihn-for-mah-SHOON]

instant messenger

intercity (trains)

internet -- [in-tehr-NET]

jazz -- [yas]

jeans -- [‘jeans’]

juice -- [yoas]

kilogram -- [KEE-loa-krahm]

kilometer -- [KEE-loa-MAY-tuhr]

liter -- [‘liter’]

loafers -- [‘loafers’]

lotto (lottery)

lunch

man

mandarin (orange) -- [man-da-REEN]

massage -- [ma-SAHSH]

medium -- [‘medium’]

melon -- [meh-LOAN]

meter -- [MAY-tuhr]

minimum (requirement)

moped -- [moh-PEED]

motel -- [‘motel’]

muffin -- [‘muffin’]

museum -- [mew-SAY-ewm]

non-stop

november -- [‘November’]

opera -- [OA-peh-ra]

orange (color) -- [oa-RANSH]

panorama

park (n.) -- [‘park’]

pasta -- [PAS-ta]

per -- [pehr]

person

petite -- [‘petite’]

plan

portion (meal) -- [pohrt-SHOAN]

post (office) -- [‘post’]

premium (gasoline)

present (gift)

problem -- [pru-BLEHM]

pub

racket (sports) -- [‘racket’]

ragu (stew)

rap (music) -- [‘rap’]

receptionist

region

ring -- [‘ring’]

rosé -- [‘rosé’]

salt -- [‘salt’]

september -- [‘September’]

service (charge)

shampoo

sherry -- [sheh-REE]

shopping -- [SHOH-pihng]

shorts -- [‘shorts’]

silver -- [‘silver’]

sightseeing -- [‘sightseeing’]

snorkel

snowboard -- [‘snowboard’]

souvenir

spa -- [‘spa’]

squash -- [skoawsh]

station

student

studio

sweatshirt -- [‘sweatshirt’]

taxi -- ["taxi"]

tennis -- [‘tennis’]

terminal (airport)

toast -- [‘toast’]

tonic (water) -- [TOH-nihk]

tunnel (underpass)

under -- [‘under’]

vaginal -- [vah-gih-NAHL]

vegetarian -- [veh-geh-ta-ree-AHN]

vermouth -- [VEHR-meutt]

vodka -- [‘vodka’]

whisky -- [VIHS-kee]

zucchini -- [seu-KEE-nee]

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In some cases two words spelled like English are joined together to form one Swedish word:

SWEDISH -- [SAY]

audioguide

businesscenter

draglift (skiing)

jetski -- [‘jet ski’]

liftpass -- [‘lift pass’]

milkshake -- [‘milk shake’]

originalversion (film)

shoppingcenter

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


For a greater challenge, see Spelled Swedish Somewhat Like English for words similar to English, but spelled differently.



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