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Pronunciation Cheat Sheet

The 1,000 most common words in Swedish: 

http://www.101languages.net/swedish/most-common-swedish-words/ 

REALLY complete audio-only pronunciation help can be found at 

http://www2.hhs.se/isa/swedish/chap9.htm

Scroll down to “Strange Spellings” to hear the four distinct Swedish consonant sounds:

the ‘j’ sound – pronounced like a “y”,

the ‘tj’ sound – pronounced like a light ch sound,

the ‘sj’ sound – pronounced like a “sh” but farther back in the mouth, and

the ‘ng’ sound – the pronounced close to the English “–ng”.

By the way, the  Swedish ‘z’ makes a hiss; there’s never a buzz.