We have been learning numbers. And numbers in Swedish sound and look suspiciously like Italian.
For example, 90 is nittio. And 4 is fyra, a word I have yet to master when it comes to pronounciation — a blend of “fi,” “fur,” and “ah.” I have to sing it to say it. And 94? Nittiofyra. How is that not Italianate?
I have decided that Svenska is basically speaking English mixed into a little bit of Deutsch with an Italian accent. It’s not quite helping me yet, but I’ll get this Swedish accent under my belt soon, I hope. (I have to replace the Swedish Chef’s voice in my head too. BORK BORK BORK!)
With that in mind, take a look at the following article, adapted from the book, Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages, by Guy Deutscher: