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Test yourself in translating a few sentences from English to Swedish, using Swedish question words. Follow the link to Swedish2go webbsite for a quiz in Swedish question words.

Does the Swedish language sound like the Swedish chef in the Muppet show? Maybe not totally, but it sure has a melody to it that is different than for example the English language.

The melody helps us Swedes understand what’s important in a phrase. The long sounds in Swedish are incredibly long, so make sure you exaggerate. However, Swedes only make long sounds where we have important words. So in the sentence ”Var bor du?”  the verb is important, hence the vowel in bor is long: Var booooooor du?

This time in Swedish Press you’ll get to practice how to ask questions in Swedish.  Note that the Swedish language never use the helping words like the English language while asking questions: “Where do you live?” but simply: “Where live you?”.  The word by word translation can be found within brackets in the phrases below.

Ord och fraser - Frågeord (Words and phrases - Question words)

Vad                        What

Var                         Where

Varifrån                From where

När                         When

Hur                         How

Varför                   Why

Vem                      Who

When using a question word, always remember to put a verb right after it. Here are some examples:

Vad gör svenskarna på hösten?                What are Swedes doing in the fall? (What do Swedes on the fall?)

Var ligger banken?                                   Where is the bank? (Where lies the bank?)

Varifrån går tåget?                                   From where is the train going? (Wherefrom goes the train?)

När kommer bussen?                                When is the bus coming? (When comes the bus?)

Hur går det?                                             How is it going? (How goes it?)

Varför reser du till Sverige?                     Why are you travelling to Sweden? (Why travel you to Sweden?)

Vem träffar du i kväll?                              Who will you meet tonight? (Who meets you tonight?)


Next lesson: We’ll practice pronouns (I, you, he, she… = Jag, du, han, hon…)

Åsa Bouck Is a Swedish teacher, living in Alberta, Canada, with her Canadian husband and two bilingual sons. 2011 she set up Swedish2go, an online company offering self-instructional material for Swedish in the form of videos, presentations and more. Feel free to ask questions about the Swedish language by contacting Swedish Press or visiting Swedish2go.com.