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6 Mar 2012, 12:44

Published: 06 Mar 2012 12:44 GMT+01:00

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What with funny looking letters like ä, ö, and å (of which two are common words too, we might add), and some words so long you almost need to stop for a breather halfway through, it’s understandable how the following people didn’t quite get it right.

But, without wanting to ever laugh at someone who’s trying, we’ve decided to provide The Local’s list of celebrities trying their hands at Swedish – even if it might not always sound like it...

Hoppas att ni förstår – sometimes even WE didn’t!

Charlie Sheen seems to enjoy the most obvious advantages of getting your tongue around Swedish, although his pronunciation gets a 3/10 from us!

American actor and singer Zac Efron seems to struggle with that pesky little ä sound… in fact, he seems to struggle with the whole thing! 1/10 here.

Sometimes, TV shows take the "funny Swedish accent" approach, and here's one that raised eyebrows here at The Local, direct from popular show Family Guy:

Visiting musicians often try to give their live shows that little extra touch with a few words in Swedish, which was attempted here by American Gwen Stefani (still not entirely sure what she says here)… 5/10 though, just for the thought.

Sometimes, however, musicians have a more exact grasp, like Cat Stevens in his 2011 Stockholm concert, with a stunning 9/10 effort here, in song form: (we should add, Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, has a Swedish mother and admits he can still remember a little Swedish from his childhood in Gävle).

And in case you were feeling like your own Swedish trumps all of the above efforts, there are animals out there reportedly speaking up to 250 Swedish words, such as this charming little parrot. 10/10 here, especially considering he's bird-brained.

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So if you don't already speak Swedish, now you know what you're up against! Good luck (or should we say "Lycka till"!)

Oliver Gee


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Your comments about this article

15:13 March 6, 2012 by Samuel Nemalladinne
honestly, i don't think swedish is hard compared to other european languages, i learnt or atleast can understand most of it now :) am in sweden since a year, and that makes me speak 3 languages fluently 2 mostly (one is swedish) and can write 4 languages with different scripts easily :):) !!
15:41 March 6, 2012 by Satch
I love all the random references to Sweden, Swedes and Swedish language in films and on TV shows. We find it even funnier when it's genuine Swedes speaking Swedish like in Titanic.
16:28 March 6, 2012 by lilsocks

English is not one of those I take it :P
17:54 March 6, 2012 by Vill
I like the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. :D
20:20 March 6, 2012 by Streja
Swedish really isn't a funny language. It just sounds silly when idiots try to speak it.
22:25 March 6, 2012 by Ethra
I totally disagree with number 5. I think Swedish is a beautiful language :-)
22:58 March 6, 2012 by Lukestar1991
Another pointless article from the local.
00:42 March 7, 2012 by VicTaulic
What if Sweden were full of people with black hair and big noses? What then?
14:24 March 7, 2012 by Emerentia
@ Satch

You should check out http://www.allatalarsvenska.se/ It's a site with all the things you are talking about.
14:25 March 7, 2012 by Åskar
And another pointless comment from someone who read it or read it not.
14:02 March 8, 2012 by Lotus2035
I'm sure you could do these kinds of comparisons with many countries. People have a tendency to focus on things that relate to them personally and end up with a skewed perception of their area's/country's exposure in the grand scheme of things.

I come from an English speaking country and once I had someone here in Stockholm ask me if I had ever heard of the rap group 'The Latin Kings'. They rap in Swedish, why on earth would I have heard of them? I doubt many in Holland or Germany knows them never mind an English speaking country.

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