Sunday , August 1 2021

Language Hatch 2020: Morbidly difficult to pronounce covid in Swedish

The Swedes have lived for hundreds of years without ever having to say the word covidbut by 2020 the need exploded. And people do it differently because nothing in the spelling gives clear clues. Should we say coovid of far o or coviid of far i? Covidd or covvid? And should the sound of the river come out?

The whole pronunciation problem is that Swedish has many pronunciations, but at the same time the basic rule of stress: a word (with stress) must have an accented syllable (compound words can have two) and the stressed syllable must have a long sound.

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