Swedish is a great language, and we have a lot of questions about it.

What about its unusual and hard-to-pronounce sounds? Why are people in Sweden so good at learning English? And are we going to see the emergence of Swinglish one day?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie chat to linguist Hedvig Skirgård and Swedish person Anna Melberg on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Using Aussie slang makes a person more likeable, ANU study finds
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/aussie-slang-makes-people-more-likeable-study/7274808

Australian slang makes you more likable but only in an ocker accent, study claims
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/24/australian-slang-makes-you-more-likeable-but-only-in-an-ocker-accent-study

Aussie slang increases likeability
http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/aussie-slang-increases-likeability

2011: Swedes place 4th in English skills ranking
http://www.swedishwire.com/economy/9176-swedes-place-4th-in-english-skills-ranking

The Swedish Number: You can now call Sweden and chat to a random Swede
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-08/call-this-number-and-chat-to-a-random-swede/7309664

People in Northern Sweden have the world’s weirdest way of saying ‘yes’
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/people-in-northern-sweden-have-the-worlds-weirdest-way-of-saying-yes/news-story/0a28804d66ab18b64476f998062d0039

Humans Who Read Grammars
http://humans-who-read-grammars.blogspot.com.au

Sj-sound
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sj-sound

Movie: Smala Sussie – I had a little frog once. (A story too emotional to tell in Swedish)
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x302d2c

Scientists have identified a universal Nope face
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/03/30/scientists-have-identified-universal-nope-face

The ‘Not Face’ Is Universally Understood
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/03/28/not-face-universal-language/

Kayaktivism
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/05/protest_against_shell_drilling_in_the_arctic_kayaks_and_boats_near_seattle.html

How to pronounce Ä, Ö, Å, and J
http://www.onlineswedish.com/pronounce.php

The IKEA Dictionary
http://lar5.com/ikea/

Stop Everything, IKEA Names Have Meanings
http://www.buzzfeed.com/tabathaleggett/stop-everything-kea-names-have-meanings


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