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Swedish pronunciation

Swedish has three extra vowels:  å. ä, and ö. 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_phonology#Vowels
Pronounce:
Å å - like the "au" in Paul
Ä ä - like the "ai" in pair
Ö ö - like the "u" in fur


Ring Dance Instruction Video
Swedish Lyrics

Prästens lilla kråka 
skulle ut och åka 
ingen hade han som körde.

Prästens lilla kråka 
skulle ut och åka 
ingen hade han som körde.

Och än slank han hit, 
Och än slank han dit.
Och en slank han ner i diket.

Och än slank han hit, 
Och än slank han dit.
Och en slank han ner i diket.


English Translation

The pastor's little crow
wanted to go for a ride,
but didn't have anyone to drive him.

The pastor's little crow
wanted to go for a ride,
but  didn't have anyone to drive him.
First he went to one ditch
then he went to the other ditch
then he fell over in the first ditch.

First he went to one ditch
Then he went to the other ditch,
then he fell over in the first ditch.

Instructions

Circle Version
  • Stand in a circle holding hands
  • Walk to the left on the first time through the first half of the song
  • Walk to the right on the repeat of the first half of the song
  • On “Än slank han hit” go to the middle
  • On “Än slank han dit” go back out to the circle
  • On “Än slank han ner i diket” go to the middle and crouch down
  • On the repeat of “Än slank han hit” go back out to the circle
  • On the repeat of “Än slank han dit” go to the middle
  • And on the repeat of “Än slank han ner i diket” go out and fall down

Couples Version
  • Find a partner and face them holding both hands.
  • The first time through the first half of the song walk around each other one way.
  • On the repeat of the first half of the song walk the opposite way
  • On “Än slank han hit” face each other and swing hands together up to one side
  • On “Än slank han dit” swing your hands up to the other side
  • On “Än slank han ner i diket” swing your hands back to the first side again but keep going up over your head turning your back to your partner as you turn, wringing the dish rag
  • Repeat hand swinging and turn with repetition of second half of the song
Audio
Couple's Version Instruction Video

Prästens lilla kråka (The Pastor's Little Crow

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