Fika

[ fee-ka ]

Fika

Fika is both a Swedish verb and noun that roughly means, ”to drink coffee” usually accompanied by something sweet. There are deviations from this where a sandwich replaces the sweet nibble, which is NOT OK. Because over promising and under delivering is never a good thing.

Have a break, have a fika.

Use this word in a sentence

Ska vi ta en fika?

Do you want to take fika?

Pronunciation guide

For the weird Swedish letters.

Å

The first of the three Swedish characters. You’ll find the sound just before the L in words that contain AL, like: all, alter and Aldershot. Try saying ALL, but skip out the L’s. It should sound something like a mix of A and O, and it should come from the back of your mouth.

Ä

Ä is a rare sound in the British language. But if you try on an American accent and let out a fully fledge ass (or asshole), cut away everything after the A you’ll have the hang of it. It should sound something like a mix of A and E. Just as Å you’ll find the sound near your throat rather than the tip of your tongue.

Ö

Ö is the same letter as the Norwegian and Danish Ø. If you, once again, try that American accent you can hear the sound in words like: skirt, flirt, nerd, turd and bird. It’s the sound just between the U/I and the R.

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