dEhiN wrote: Jurgen Wullenwever wrote:
dEhiN wrote:But I think mostly I didn't expect there to be so much dialectical variation. After all the discussion about dialect pronunciations, I'm kinda confused on which pronunciation I should learn and stick with for the vowel sounds.
The dialectal variation is VERY small these days, so you do not have to bother about local differences, since they are mostly in intonation of sentences. You do
have to decide between Southern Swedish (Scanian) and Central Swedish, but I suppose you are heading for Central Swedish.
Yeah I'm going for Central Swedish.
Just make sure you get the tones right.
And don't overdo the 2nd tone (like most foreigners attempting at East Central Swedish do).
In Sweden, the ''tamest'' (flattest) tones (and overall intonation) are found in Småland (because it's a region bordering three 3 completely different dialectal/intonational areas, which led to softening of all three influences and mixing them into some cute mix).
Some TTS programs offer different voices for Swedish (for example this one http://www.acapela-group.com/
: I got a Scanian voice, a Göta voice and a Stockholm voice (I didn't get the Finland Swedish voice)).
The problem with Swedish: no two Swedes speak the same.
So the best approach is choose one person, and copy their accent.
To all you guys learning Swedish, which word sounds the sexiest to you, when pronounced by the Swedes?
I love the word Lund [lɵnd].