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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Swedish and english

    Hi!
    I'm from Sweden but I've just moved to London and a lot of people tells me that I have a "funny accent" haha. I was just wondering what the typical pronunciation mistakes are for Swedish people speaking English?
    I can hear what's wrong if someone from, lets say India, speaks English, but when it comes to my own language I can't hear what's wrong :)

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    #2

    Re: Swedish and english

    www.manythings.org includes pronunciation exercises for speakers of English. And don't worry about your "funny accent". Everyone has one depending on what country or section of a country they visit.

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #3

    Re: Swedish and english

    There can be misplaced stress and some sounds that aren't quite right, but don't worry too much as they'll go or reduce.

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    #4

    Re: Swedish and english

    This is how some native speakers of English think of the Swedish accent:

    Swedish Accent- Svidish äccent - YouTube

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    #5

    Re: Swedish and english

    I get very angry when ignorant native speakers of English mock the attempts of others to speak English.

    But () I have to admit that I had immense difficulty in controlling my mirth when I travelled from Tallinn to Stockhom on a Swedish ship once. I was sitting quietly having a drink in the large ball-room when the whole crew, one after another, starting with a cabin boy and finishing with the captain, stepped up on the stage to welcome the passengers aboard. I regret to say that they all sounded to me like this.

  6. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #6

    Re: Swedish and english

    That chef has a lot to answer for.

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    #7

    Re: Swedish and english

    And I thought that in the Nordic countries, all the people know at least some English. Probably not that good at pronunciation, though.

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    #8

    Re: Swedish and english

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    This is how some native speakers of English think of the Swedish accent:

    Swedish Accent- Svidish äccent - YouTube
    This one made me cry:

    The Swedish Chemist's Shop - YouTube

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    #9

    Re: Swedish and english

    Didn't think YouTube would have that one! I saw it first time around (on Not the Nine O'clock News - Sunday evenings will never be the same).

    b

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