Introduction to Swedish/Common phrases

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Greetings[edit]

Stockholm central station

Hallå/Hej

Hello/Hi

God dag

Good day

God morgon

Good morning

God kväll

Good evening

God natt

Good night

Hur är det (med dig)?

How are you?

Bra

Good/Fine

Dåligt

Bad

Inte så bra.

Not so good.

Hur går det?

How is it going?

Conversational Phrases[edit]

Gamla stan (The old town) in Stockholm

Vad heter du?

What's your name? ('heter' is a transitive verb meaning "to be called")

Jag heter [...]

My name is [...]

Var bor du?

Where do you live?

Jag bor i [...]

I live in [...]

Var kommer du ifrån?

Where are you from?

Jag kommer ifrån [...]

I'm from [...]

Hur gammal är du?

How old are you?

Jag är [...] år gammal.

I am [...] years old.

Vad gör du?

What are you doing?

Goodbyes[edit]

Hej då/Adjö

Good bye (the latter is formal and derived from the french word adieu)

Ha det bra!

Have a nice day!

Vi ses!

See you later!

Other Useful Phrases[edit]

Ja

Yes

Nej

No

Tackar!/Tack/Tack så mycket/Tusen tack

Thanks!/Thank you/Thank you very much/A thousand thanks! (conversational)

Ingen orsak.

Don't mention it/You're welcome

Förlåt

Sorry/Pardon me

Ursäkta mig

Excuse me

Snälla

Please

pratar du svenska/engelska?

Do you speak Swedish/English?
Ja, lite grann.
Yes, a little (response to previous question)
Nej, inte alls.
No, not at all.

Jag pratar svenska/engelska.

I speak Swedish/English.

Jag förstår inte.

I don't understand.

Jag vet (inte).

I (don't) know.

En öl tack.

One beer, please.

Vet du vad klockan är?

Do you know what time it is?

Vet du var toaletten är?

Do you know where the bathroom is?

Exercises[edit]

Translate into English:

1. Var bor Johan?

2. Johan bor i USA.

3. Vet du var Sara kommer ifrån?

4. Sara kommer ifrån Stockholm.

5. Hej då! Vi ses!

Translate into Swedish:

6. Hello, my name is John.

7. I speak a little Swedish.

8. Excuse me, do you know what time it is?

9. No, I don't know.

10. Bye! Have a nice day!


Answers to exercises