Lär dig svenska - Blog from Swedish2go

This is the start of the Swedish language blog on Swedish Press. Åsa Bouck and Swedish2go will continuously provide you with basic Swedish language mini-lessons. You will find the same content here as in the paper magazine of the page "Lär dig svenska" - and more! 

Learning Swedish

I have often heard that the Swedish language is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I don’t think that’s right, but it may help to know that there are some tricky differences between English and Swedish. Here are some of them:

If you have never learned a second language, it’s good to know that translation can be hard. Some words simply don’t exist in the other language, some words look, but don’t mean the same, and some words can mean different things in different situations. In the lesson of this number we will practice greetings in Swedish and you will learn that the verb “heter” does not have an exact translation in English. Instead the English language must use the phrase “name is”.

The grammar is also quite different in Swedish, and in coming numbers of Swedish Press, I will give you some examples of how. The reason many people think Swedish is so hard though is the pronunciation of our words. This cannot be taught well on a paper, but you can always listen to the Swedish language on the language page of Swedish Press webpage and try to say after.

Good luck learning Swedish!
/Åsa, Swedish language teacher
 

Ord och fraser (Words and phrases)

Hejsan!

Hi!

Hej då!

Good bye

Adjö!

Good bye (this is a very old fashioned way of saying good bye)

Jag heter Åsa

My name is Åsa

Vad heter du?

What is your name?

Jag kommer från Sverige.

I come from Sweden.

Varifrån kommer du?

Where do you come from?

Jag bor i Kanada.

 I live in Canada.

Var bor du?

Where do you live?

Hur mår du?  

How are you? (mår = feel)

Hur är det?

 How are you? (How is it? This is more casual than the previous phrase)

Hur står det till?

How are you? (This is an old fashioned way of asking.)

Jag mår bra

I feel good.

Det är bra.

It is good.

Tack!

Thank you!

Varsågod!

You are welcome.
(Welcome and välkommen are similar in meaning and appearance, but välkommen is not used in this situation, but only to welcome someone to your home.)

Correct answers: Scroll down!


Watch a video about the Swedish alphabet by clicking here.

This language page is presented by Åsa Bouck, Swedish teacher from Swedish2go. Swedish2go offers online Swedish learning material if you want to learn more Swedish: www.swedish2go.com

The Swedish teacher of Swedish Press

Åsa Bouck is a Swedish teacher, living in Alberta, Canada with her Canadian husband and two sons. Back in Sweden, she normally works as a Swedish as a second language teacher, teaching Swedish to adult immigrants moving to Sweden. Since 2011 she has developed material and web page for her own company Swedish2go, which is an online company offering lots of self-instructional material to learn Swedish in form of videos, presentations, quizzes, listening comprehensions and more. See a video that represents Swedish2go.

Feel free to ask Swedish language related questions to Åsa!

Correct answers to the quizz:

-          Hej! Jag heter Claes.  Vad heter du?

-          Jag heter Sara.

-          Hur är det?

-          Tack, det är bra.

-          Var bor du?

-          Jag bor i Kanada.

-          Jaha! Kommer du från Kanada?

-          Nej, jag kommer från Sverige.

-          Trevligt att träffas! (Nice to meet you!)

-          Ja, hej !