surrey_sucks (surrey_sucks) wrote in linguaphiles,

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Another Swedish IPA question!

You guys were very helpful last time in solving the mystery of the pronunciation of the letter G before a soft vowel, so I'm hoping you can help me with more Swedish and IPA issues.

For the life of me, I can not figure out what the first sound is in the following words: sju ("seven") and skild ("divorced"), and was wondering if anyone knows. I realize that knowing the IPA transcription of foreign words is not a guarantee for perfect pronunciation, particularly if it is not a phoneme found in one's native language, but it does help me greatly (at the very least, in how the word is not pronounced), and the curiosity is driving me nuts! And when people say, "It sounds similar to the English sound {whatever}", it doesn't help, as the Swedish sound and English sound usually sound very different to me. Also, people have different accents.


Edit: I came across an article on IPA on the Swedish Wikipedia site!
Tags: ipa, pronunciation, swedish

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