Pronunciation #2 - A

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The letter A in Swedish is not pronounced like two sounds (EY) like in English. Instead we have two possible pronunciations.

The long A [ɑː]

  • is dark
  • is spoken far back
  
glas
glass
  
hat
hate, hatred
  
kal
bare, bleak, bald
  
mat
food
  
tak
ceiling, roof

The short A [a]

  • is light
  • is spoken close to the opening of the mouth
  
glass
ice cream
  
hatt
hat
  
kall
cold
  
matt
faint, faded
  
tack
thanks, thank you