[ kraefta ]

Crayfish / Crawlfish

What’s the ugliest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you want that record to be broken you should visit a Swedish crayfish party, not only will you get to slurp away on this weird seafood. You’ll also get the chance of seeing Swedish people going Cray… Because of all the booze they’ll be poring down their throats.

Use this word in a sentence

Svenskar blir som galna på kräfskivor.

The Swedes will go cray at crayfish parties.

Pronunciation guide

For the weird Swedish letters.


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 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 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.