Pronunciation #33 - The sje sound

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Today’s sound can be written in a bunch of different ways. Check out the vocab list below.

  
choklad
Chocolate
  
diskussion
discussion
  
geni
genious
  
genre
Genre
  
jalusi
jalousie, blind, shutter, louver, louvre
  
journalist
journalist
  
motion
motion
  
schack
chess
  
shorts
shorts
  
sju
seven
  
skjorta
shirt
  
skön
comfortable, beautiful
  
station
Railway station, stop, station
  
stjärna
star

Some specific Swedish words are also pronounced like this but have a different spelling: Kristianstad [krɪ’ɧansta], Växjö [”vɛkːɧøː], Östgöte [”øɧøtːə]

In some Regions this sound is replaced with the tje-sound which we will talk about in the next lesson. The sounds is a bit more retroflex though and is also used to sound more elegant by some. The sound is more like a [ʂ] (kors) than [ɕ] (tjuv).