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How IKEA Products Get Their Crazy-Sounding Names

For many people, IKEA is the one-stop shop for clean, simple, and affordable furniture. The Swedish furniture store certainly makes it easy to navigate through their stores and set up their furniture, but the one thing that isnt so easypronouncing their products names.

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Even though it might be difficult to pronounce some of these products when asking an employee for a certain couch or lamp, shoppers tend to like the foreign names because it gives the store a European feel. So try your best to pronounce them, and if you cant get it right, blame it on the fact that youre still chewing on one of their delicious meatballs.

Experts at the language-learning appBabbeldid some research into how IKEA products get their crazy-sounding names. The reason each product isnt just given a random arrangement of numbers and letters is because the founder of the store, Ingvar Kamprad, was dyslexic and would often make mistakes when working. By giving each product a specific name, it was easier for him to remember them, and he didnt make as many mistakes when filling out information on forms. (This is thestory behind how IKEA got its name.)

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Here are some English translations of some IKEA bookcases:

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Ill take one Hemnes bookcase, please.

However, each product isnt just assigned a random Swedish term. The company actually aims to name the products after Swedish towns and villages, humans, and other applicable Swedish words.

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