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20 Beautiful Words That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Swedish Language

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Updated: 24 May 2017

Swedish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of as one of the world’s most beautiful languages; but once you start to learn, the words take on an unexpected beauty. And forget the Swedish Chef making hurdy-gurdy sounds—Swedes will tell you that’s actually Norwegian. 

Annorlunda

We pronounce it like this:  ah-nor-loon-da

Fika

We pronounce it like this: fee-ka

Sommarmorgon

We pronounce it like this: soe-mar-more-on

Lagom

We pronounce it like this:  lah-gome

Mysa

We pronounce it like this:  mee-sah

Gift

We pronounce it like this: yift

Vän

We pronounce it like this: ven

Älskar

We pronounce it like this: al-scar

Solkatt

We pronounce it like this: sole-cat

Skönt

We pronounce it like this: shernt

Leende

We pronounce it like this: lay-en-day

Stjärna

We pronounce it like this: shkare-nah

Sambo

We pronounce it like this: Samm-boe

Mambo

We pronounce it like this: Mamm-boe

Mångata

We pronounce it like this: mone-gah-ta

Tidoptimist

We pronounce it like this: teed-opt-i-mist

Mus

We pronounce it like this: moose

Tystnad

We pronounce it like this: tist-nod

Mobildagis

We pronounce it like this: moe-beel-dah-gis

Kul

We pronounce it like this: cool