English for Swedes

on Thursday, January 03, 2008

I enjoy listening to accents, especially those with a lilting melodic characteristic. The Welsh accent is probably my favorite with the Indian and Swedish accent close behind in this category. Malaysians' do not speak English with an accent as much as speak a pariah mix of English and Malay which we lovingly call Manglish. However, that is a topic for a different post.

Today, I'd like to share with you this wonderful clip from the British comedy duo of "The Two Ronnies" which illustrates how easy it is to speak English with a Swedish accent or otherwise known as "Lessons in Conversational English for Swedes". Before we proceed further, evalinn and other Swedish readers, please forgive the bad squirrel for posting this video and to the rest of you, enjoy.


leslie said...

Tres amusant, LGS! That put a smile on my face and I haven't even had any coffee yet. ;D

Jocelyn said...

I love accents, too, especially the Belfast accent of Northern Ireland.

When I first hit Dublin in college, I met a guy from Belfast, and after he spoke about three sentences, I knew I needed to run the other way, fast, lest I end up attached to him for life.

meggie said...

I enjoy listening to accents too. It always surprises me when people say they dont notice the different accents.
I had not seen the video, very amusing!

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

My parents used to watch the Two Ronnies when I was little -- thanks for bringing back happy memories!

I also love the Welsh accent, and have attempted to learn Welsh, but it's a difficult language to learn, nevermind master... but I'll continue to try, if only for the lyrical words and crazy, crazy spelling.

Diolch yn fawr iawn!

Janice Thomson said...

I love the Indian accent too and some British accents are wonderful. This was good Calvin!

Claire said...

We Americans get all silly for accents. I love them all. 'Manglish!'- Oh that is so funny! I'm afraid to visit Ireland, I might never leave. I had an Indian boyfriend a million years ago. I loved his cooking almost as much as his sexy accent. Then there was that Brazilian dude a zillion years ago, I never wanted him to stop speaking Spanish to me. Yummy memories, thanks Squirrel!

riseoutofme said...

Very funny! Hadn't seen this gem before ... thanks! Hope 2008 is good to you!

Open Grove Claudia said...

I couldn't get it to load.... sigh.... I do love a welsh accent! :)

Dave said...

I didn't quite get it but found myself laughing regadless... :-)

MedStudentWife said...

omg !! You like the Two Ronnies as well .

You sure we aren't dopplegangers born at different times in different countries to different parents ?

*lol* !!!!!!

Great clip :D

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Glad to be able to out-perform caffine! :)

I actually know what you mean, you are lucky to have been able to run away. The odd thing is that I actually picked up a Scottish accent when i studied in UK and that really confused a lot of people.

Accents are a wonderful thing to enjoy. :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Okay, you got me....please translate?
I love it that Ll is pronounced "Fl" and other oddities. I think Welsh is a tough language to learn.

Indian accents and Welsh not too far apart in some aspects.

Your love life really is international! Lol. You are one cosmopolitian babe.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks. Glad you liked it.

Try again. I think you'd like it.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I think you have not heard the Swedish Accent. at the risk of spoiling the video effect, the joke lies in selecting a series of words which in a Swedish accent is phonetically close to just reciting an alphabet. Hence, "hello" would be pronouced, "L. O."; "Have you any eggs?" would be pronouced "F.U.N.E.X?". Hope that helps ad not kills the joke.

Doppleganger? Now calm down. I am sure the Two Ronnies had more than us two as fans! Haha.

Gina said...


Good post!
Ilish, cockney, Svedes and Choiman, uklain, Pilipeeno, 'taliano, Bwooklin.

Gina said...

Collection: I F F X N 4 Z X N 2!

CS said...

There aren't many accents I don't like. I even enjoy the great variety of accents in this one country. When I first got married, my husband couldn't understand much of what my very-Southern stepfatehr was saying. But to me, his Michigan family had very strong accents.

patterns of ink said...

I had to think but I did get it. It was sort of like watching my daughters IM their friends. =)

Happy New Year, Calvin!

Tanie said...

I can't get past the fact that you prefer the Welsh accent....That in itself is music to my little Welsh ears.....
As for me, well, I drool over an Italian accent.

What's that line about us always wanting something we don't have.....

Happy 2008 to you

Becky Wolfe said...

Funny stuff. My fave accent on the planet is South African. I rode a bus tour with a SA couple and I could listen to that woman talk all day, it just sounded so beautiful to me!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

????????? Sorry, couldn't make out what you were saying on account of the heavy accent. :)

Well, ah do declare, that the Southern accent is so pretty when spoken by a Southern Belle. Dem Michigan Yankee accents are no comparison at all.

you are absolutely right about Im, it's a different language alright. One that I know little about.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

nice of you to drop in and leave a comment. What's not to love about the Welsh accent. I especially love hearing it in a booming but melodic voice from a large Welshman. Don't be a stranger in these parts.

I find SA accents difficult to follow, perhaps because there's some Dutch in it somewhere and I don't know Dutch at all. It is an interesting accent though.

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