A Swedish tongue twister

Discussion in 'Nordic Languages' started by TimLA, May 12, 2010.

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  1. TimLA

    TimLA Member Emeritus

    Los Angeles
    English - US
    Hallå där!:)

    I'm making a vain attempt to add something to THIS thread in Culture Café.:)

    Many, many, MANY years ago someone taught me a Swedish tongue twister, but I've forgotten it.
    The person who taught it to me was born and raised in the US, but his parents were native Swedes, and he spoke Swedish to them as he was growing up.

    What I remember is as follows:
    1. Most, if not all of the words started with the same sound - something like "tsa" or "tsu", and I believe one of the words had the sound at the end. I'll guess it had about 15 words in it.
    2. When translated to English it has something to do with "Seven thousand seven hundred seventy seven Swedish sisters (nurses) blah blah blah.
    3. My bad try "Sjutusen sjuhundra sjuttio syv sjuksköterska svenska ...."

    Do any of our Swedish experts know of this tongue-twister?

    Tack!:)
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2010
  2. Alxmrphi Senior Member

    Reykjavík, Ísland
    UK English
    Hi Tim,

    Was it one of these:


    • Sju skönsjungande sjuksköterskor skötte sjuttiosju sjösjuka sjömän på skeppet Shanghai.
    • Sju sjuka sjuksköterskor tvättade sina skitiga stjärtar i rosa champagne.
    • Sju sjösjuka sjömän på skeppet Shanghai, sköljde sju skjortor i sjön.
    • Sju sköna sjösjuka sjuksköterskor på skeppet Shanghai.
    .. taken from here.
     
  3. TimLA

    TimLA Member Emeritus

    Los Angeles
    English - US
    Hey Alex!
    Small world! It's only 1,240 miles from Rome to Stockholm!:D

    I'm not sure I remember "Shanghai" being in the phrase.
    I'm pretty sure it starts with 7,777 Swedish Nurses...
     
  4. Alxmrphi Senior Member

    Reykjavík, Ísland
    UK English
    Hi Tim,

    I think it’s the green one then, sju is Swedish for 7 and sjuksköterska is the word for nurse (sosjuksköterskor would be the plural, nurses), seems to fit the bill.

    Does the champagne part ring a bell??
     
  5. TimLA

    TimLA Member Emeritus

    Los Angeles
    English - US
    It might be, but I specifically remember 7,777...

    Thanks Alex!
     
  6. AutumnOwl Senior Member

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    Swedish
    I found this:
    Sjutusensjuhundrasjuttiosju sköna, sjösjuka sjuksköterskor
    sköter sjuttontusensjuhundrasjuttiosju sjösjuka sjömän,
    skönt skönmålande de sköna sköterskornas skötande av sjömännen.
     
  7. TimLA

    TimLA Member Emeritus

    Los Angeles
    English - US
    There we go!!!! Thank you VERY much!:):thumbsup:
     
  8. Wilma_Sweden

    Wilma_Sweden Senior Member

    Lund, Sweden
    Swedish (Scania)
    There are so many different versions of this tongue twister, and non-native speakers always cry bitterly when trying to produce so many repetitions of the unpronounceable Swedish 'sh' sound. :D
     

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