I was having trouble saying the Swedish word själv until it dawned on me that it totally sounds like the English word “self.” then I looked it up and it turns out that that’s what it means, too.
Almost. ‘Själv’ should be pronounced like this: ɧɛ:lv, so the ‘s’ is not the same as in English. I don’t even think English have this sound ‘ɧ’. We use it every time a word begins with sk, sj or stj.
NO WONDER I CAN’T SAY SK WORDS. And a bunch of other combinations, apparently. We don’t have those. ‘cause I always pronounce “jag skulle” like “jag kztgckptulle.” just like that. ok, I exaggerate but I am having trouble with it, and apparently Youtube isn’t much help. SHE SAID THEM BUT DID NOT EXPLAIN THEM AND I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. QQ