Snö

[ snoe ]

Snow

For a land so often covered in snö Sweden is often ill prepared for the challenges it brings. When the first flake hits the ground trams will stop running, trains will be delayed for days and busses will slide into roadside ditches. Don’t go to Sweden for a, supposedly nice, winter weekend unless it involves skiing.

Use this word in a sentence

Titta, det snöar.

Look, it's snowing.

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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