Pronunciation #6 - E

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Emphasized E

The long E [eː]

  • does not exist in English
  • is closed
  
ek
oak
  
heta
be named

The short E [ɛ]

  • is available in English words like bed
  • is a bit opener than the long E
  
vecka
week

E + R

E in front of an R is spoken a lot opener than the other two [æ]. It’s the same sound as in English cat.

  
berg
mountain
  
herr
Mr

Unemphasized E

The unemphasized E [ə] is called a Schwa and exists in for instance British English as the ending -er (cucumber) or in American English as the O in today.

  
fågel
bird
  
vacker
beautiful, gorgeous, lovely
  
yrke
profession