Swedish or Norwegian?

May 27, 2010 by

By the way, an easy way to distinguish Swedish from Norwegian — in writing — is by looking for one give-away letter: the one that spells out the mid front rounded vowel.

[To pronounce it, try to say the vowel in bed and then slowly round your lips; English does not have this sound but French, for example, does in peu ‘few’]

In Swedish this sound is represented by ö and in Norwegian by ø.

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