Swedish Alphabet

Swedish Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Swedish Alphabet you will find some useful resources including a course about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Swedish grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Swedish. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Swedish Alphabet

Learning the Swedish alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Swedish language.

Below is a table showing the Swedish alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Swedish AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
A a/ɑː/a as in ask
B b/beː/b as in bank
C c/seː/s before i,e,y other "k" in Canada
D d/deː/d as in David
E e/eː/e as in elevated, "a" before "g"
F f/æf/f as in Frank
G g/ɡeː/s as in pleasure before e,i,y,ä,ö. Or "g" as in God elsewhere
H h/hoː/h as in holiday
I i/iː/as in ink
J j/jiː/j as in 's' in pleasure
K k/koː/k as in kid
L l/æl/, /ˈæl.læ/l as in life
M m/æm/, /ˈæm.mæ/m as in mom
N n/æn/, /ˈæn.næ/n as in noon
O o/oː/o as in old
P p/peː/p as in pope
Q q/kuː/Q is no longer used
R r/ær/, /ˈær.ræ/as in brother
S s/æs/, /ˈæs.sæ/s as in Sam
Š š/ˈhat.tuˌæs/sh as in ship, sometimes 's' in small
T t/teː/t as in table, sometimes as in 'd' as in mat
U u/uː/as in the ultra
V v/ʋeː/sounds like a "b" in Basque
W w/ʋeː/v as in vast
X x/æks/, /ˈæk.sæ/ks as in wax
Y y/yː/y as in year
Z z/tset/, /ˈtse.tɑ/s as in small
Ž ž/ˈhat.tuˌtset/,sh before e,i,y,ä,ö, "chs" before a,o,å,u
Å å/oː/oo in poor
Ä ä/æː/ae as in ache
Ö ö/øː/u as in ultra

Swedish Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Swedish Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Swedish, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Swedish alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Swedish lessons here: Learn Swedish. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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