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1. How to Introduce Yourself in Excellent Swedish


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INTRODUCTION
JASMINE: Hej och god morgon.
MORTEN: Hello and good morning. My name is Morten. Welcome to SwedishPod101.com - Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 1 - How to Introduce Yourself in Excellent Swedish. I am here with Jasmine.
JASMINE: I'm a Swedish native speaker, and we'll be helping out with dialogs and explaining things so that you get the most out of our new and fresh lesson series.
MORTEN: You'll see you'll be able to speak a lot of Swedish in a very short time.
JASMINE: In this lesson, we will look at how to introduce ourselves. The conversation takes place at a university welcome meeting.
MORTEN: Our main characters are James from England and Anders, a Swede studying at Gothenburg University.
JASMINE: And this meeting for exchange students is relatively formal since people don't really know each other yet. Let's listen to the conversation.
LESSON CONVERSATION
ANDERS: Hej och god morgon. Välkomna till Göteborg.
CHORUS REPLY: God morgon.
ANDERS: Hej!
JAMES: Hej, jag heter James. Vad heter du?
ANDERS: Jag heter Anders. Kul att träffas.
JAMES: Ja, kul att träffas. Det är fest ikväll här, eller?
ANDERS: Ja, just det. Vi ses på festen.
JAMES: Ja, absolut.
ANDERS: Tack allihopa och adjö!
CHORUS REPLY: Hejdå!
JAMES "TO ANDERS": Hejdå, vi ses!
ANDERS: Vi ses!
ENGLISH HOST: Let’s listen to the slow version.
FEMALE: "Låt oss lyssna på den långsamma versionen."
ANDERS: Hej och god morgon. Välkomna till Göteborg.
CHORUS REPLY: God morgon.
ANDERS: Hej!
JAMES: Hej, jag heter James. Vad heter du?
ANDERS: Jag heter Anders. Kul att träffas.
JAMES: Ja, kul att träffas. Det är fest ikväll här, eller?
ANDERS: Ja, just det. Vi ses på festen.
JAMES: Ja, absolut.
ANDERS: Tack allihopa och adjö!
CHORUS REPLY: Hejdå!
JAMES "TO ANDERS": Hejdå, vi ses!
ANDERS: Vi ses!
ENGLISH HOST: And now with the English translation.
FEMALE: "Och nu med den engelska översättningen."
ANDERS: Hej och god morgon. Välkomna till Göteborg.
MORTEN: Hello and good morning. Welcome to Gothenburg.
CHORUS REPLY: God morgon.
MORTEN: Good morning.
ANDERS: Hej!
MORTEN: Hi.
JAMES: Hej, jag heter James. Vad heter du?
MORTEN: Hi, I'm called James. What's your name?
ANDERS: Jag heter Anders. Kul att träffas.
MORTEN: Hi, I'm Anders. Nice to meet you.
JAMES: Ja, kul att träffas. Det är fest ikväll här, eller?
MORTEN: Yes, nice to meet you. There is a party here tonight, right?
ANDERS: Ja, just det. Vi ses på festen.
MORTEN: Yes, exactly. See you at the party.
JAMES: Ja, absolut.
MORTEN: Yes, of course.
ANDERS: Tack allihopa och adjö!
MORTEN: Thanks, everyone, and Goodbye.
CHORUS REPLY: Hejdå!
MORTEN: Bye!
JAMES "TO ANDERS": Hejdå, vi ses!
MORTEN "TO ANDERS": Bye, see you.
ANDERS: Vi ses!
MORTEN: See you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
MORTEN: Alright, greeting in Swedish is fairly easy, isn't it?
JASMINE: Yes, it is. Swedes are in, most context, fairly casual in their attitude, especially when they're with foreigners. More often than not, they want to show their casual side.
MORTEN: So, hej and "Hejdå" are okay in most contexts?
JASMINE: Absolutely. Swedes will appreciate you making an effort to speak their language.
MORTEN: Are Swedes as open and relaxed as, say, Americans?
JASMINE: Well, perhaps not quite. But they are definitely friendly. And first encounters tend to be easy going.
MORTEN: But it can be a bit harder to get to know people better. Is that what you mean?
JASMINE: Det är sant. Swedes weren't always as relaxed as young people are these days. But a lot has changed.
MORTEN: And spending time abroad always takes some effort and initiative.
JASMINE: To get to know the locals you mean?
MORTEN: You took the word out of my mouth.
VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
MOREN: Let's now take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
MORTEN: First we have:
JASMINE: Hej "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Hello
JASMINE: Hej "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: Hej "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Next:
JASMINE: Heter "natural native speed"
MORTEN: To be called
JASMINE: Heter "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: Heter "natural native speed"
MORTEN: And next we have:
JASMINE: God morgon. "natural native speed"
MORTEN: “Good morning.”
JASMINE: God morgon. "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: God morgon. "natural native speed"
MORTEN: And next:
JASMINE: Ja "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Yes
JASMINE: Ja "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: Ja "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Next we have:
JASMINE: Hejdå "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Bye
JASMINE: Hejdå "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: Hejdå "natural native speed"
MORTEN: And next we have:
JASMINE: Kul att träffas "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Nice to meet you
JASMINE: Kul att träffas "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: Kul att träffas "natural native speed"
MORTEN: And finally we have:
JASMINE: Tack "natural native speed"
MORTEN: Thank you
JASMINE: Tack "slowly - broken down by syllable"
JASMINE: Tack "natural native speed"
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
MORTEN: Let's now take a closer look at the vocabulary and phrases for this lesson. Tack seems to be the single most vital vocab word in Swedish. Swedes love their short little words for "thank you" and they use it almost to exhaustion.
JASMINE: That's right. We use it even more often than it's used in English.
MORTEN: You used it when ordering instead of saying please, right?
JASMINE: Yes. And we confirm the order with it, pay with it, and receive food with it.
MORTEN: What would that sound like?
JASMINE: "till exempel" for example. "En kopp kaffe tack.".
MORTEN: A cup of black coffee please.
JASMINE: "Ja, med mjölk tack."
MORTEN: Yes, with milk please.
JASMINE: "Jag kommer att betala kontant, tack."
MORTEN: Sure, I'll be paying in cash, thanks.
JASMINE: "Tack så mycket"
MORTEN: Thanks a lot. Wow, that's an impressive array of “thank you”s. Let's look at another phrase that was used in the dialog.
JASMINE: "kul att träffas"
MORTEN: Can you give us that in context, Jasmine?
JASMINE: Absolute! "Hej, kul att träffas.” I haven't met him before.
MORTEN: Greeting someone casually using "hej, kul att träffas" is pretty common in modern Swedish, isn't it?
JASMINE: Yes, it's usually used for people you haven't met before. The influence of the English language has made the phrase more popular.
MORTEN: Using the Swedish equivalent of "nice to meet you" used to be much rarer even 20 or 30 years ago, isn't that right?
JASMINE: Yeah, you would have been more likely to hear more literal translation of nice "*".
MORTEN: "kul" actually means a fun or exciting rather than nice.
JASMINE: Even so, it's a very common word.
MORTEN: But most text books on the Swedish language barely mention it.
JASMINE: Well, "kul" is still considered colloquial. But you will hear people use it all the time.
MORTEN: Thanks so much for that, Jasmine. Tack. Let's take a look at the grammar section for this lesson.
LESSON FOCUS
MORTEN: Our lesson focus is the most common way to give your name in Swedish.
JASMINE: It's the phrase "Jag heter".
MORTEN: Which literally means "I'm called". There is another way to give your a name, but we'll cover that in a later lesson. The question, however, tends to be always the same.
JASMINE: "Vad heter du?"
MORTEN: "What's your name?" And what about the form of the verb? "Heter" is a simple present tense form, isn't that right?
JASMINE: "Ja, det är sant.". Its infinitive is "heta". If you used it with "att" for instance, it would be "att heta".
MORTEN: "To be called". Ah, that's the same form as "att träffas" in one of our phrases. "att" plus the verb is the same construction as the English "to plus a verb" – "to do", "to walk", et cetera.
JASMINE: Det är sant. that's right.
MORTEN: Okay, thanks a lot for that.
JASMINE: One thing that you listeners will find very comforting is that Swedish verbs do not change form according to person. Whether the subject is I, you, he, she or it, the form stays the same.
MORTEN: Even a slight change as from "walk" to "walks" in English is not necessary in Swedish.
JASMINE: That's good. Am I right?
MORTEN: Well, it does make life a little easier.
JASMINE: "Heta" belongs to a group of verbs with simple pronunciations.
MORTEN: All you need to know for now is that the stress is on the first syllable. To get the simple present tense, replace the "A" with "ER".
JASMINE: There are a number of even simpler verbs that are only one syllable.
MORTEN: Yes. In those, you just add "R" to form the present tense. Then, there are verbs that are simple in form but more complex in pronunciation.
JASMINE: But they aren't on the menu just yet.
MORTEN: We will start introducing them in the next lesson. For now, we'll stick to "heter" the present tense of "heta".
JASMINE: Yes. Infinitive forms and other verbs can wait until the next lesson.
MORTEN: For now, let's recap and practice a little. To ask someone's name, you say…
JASMINE: "Vad heter du?". Well done.
MORTEN: And you reply with, for instance, "My name is Bjorn."
JASMINE: "Jag heter Bjorn". Excellent.
MORTEN: Please practice this phrase with your own name.
JASMINE: Yes, and do practice the question as well. You will be using it a lot.
MORTEN: Absolutely.
OUTRO
MORTEN: Well, that's all for now. Like our podcasts?
JASMINE: Then like our Facebook page too!
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MORTEN: And if you like a lesson or series on SwedishPod101.com…
JASMINE: …let us know…
MORTEN: …by clicking the button next to the lesson or series. Thank you very much indeed.
JASMINE: "tack allihopa"
MORTEN: "hejdå"
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avatar SwedishPod101.com

Hello listeners! Vad heter du?

avatar Team Swedishpod101.com

Hej Alvaro,
Bra fråga! (Good question!)
We normally drop the article and say ‘Det är fest’, we don’t usually say ‘Det är en fest.’ because the ‘en’ in swedish is like the particle a/an in English but it also means ‘one’ and if you use ‘en’ in this context it sounds like you’re saying there’s one party.

I hope this answered your question.

VickyT
Team Swedishpod101.com

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Hej Araz,
Välkommen till Swedishpod101.com (welcome to Swedishpod101.com)
‘Ä’ is pronounced like the ‘ai’ in the English words ‘hair’ and ‘pair’.

I hope this helped you! :innocent:

VickyT
Team Swedishpod101.com

avatar Team Swedishpod101.com

Hej Iman,
Vad roligt att höra att du tycker om lektionerna. (It’s fun to hear that you like the lessons.)
Angående din fråga, ibland när vi pratar snabbt på svenska uttalas ‘det är’ som ‘de ä’ eller ‘dee’. (Regarding your question, sometimes when we speak quickly in Swedish, ‘det är’ is pronounced as ‘de ä’ or ‘dee’.)

Hoppas det hjälpte! (Hope it helped!) :innocent:
VickyT
Team Swedishpod101.com

avatar Álvaro

Hej! Jag heter Álvaro.

Do you drop the article when you say “There is a party”? It looks as it says “there is party”.

avatar araz

Hej jag heter araz
Jag är absolut nybörjare
Jag kommer i från iran
Jag är elva år gammal
I have a question about Ä.
I don’t know how to pronunce
Æ or A or Ə or E
Snälla svara
Tack så mycket

avatar SwedishPod101.com

Hello Bob,

Thank you for your question.
Please check our Introduction lessons before the Absolute Beginner level if you found this lesson a bit hard to follow.
There, you can find this Pronunciation series as well:
https://www.swedishpod101.com/index.php?cat=27

Under the Swedish Resources menu, there are plenty of materials what help you to start learning Swedish.
Here’s the page about the alphabet:
https://www.swedishpod101.com/swedish-alphabet/

You can find the most common words, key phrases and many more:
https://www.swedishpod101.com/swedish-resources/

We hope these help.
Let us know if you have any question.
Cheers,
Lena
Team SwedishPod101.com

avatar Bob

Too much too quick. I’d like to start from the alphabet, diacritics, and how the letters sound as it all sounds quite a bit different from other European languages, although there seems to be some slight similarity to German. Then, simple words, with pronunciation. I’ve downloaded the PDF but the lesson kind of jumps around, hard to follow. Am I too old style?

avatar Iman

A very good course. I have a question.In “Ja, kul att träffas. Det är fest ikväll här, eller?” How is “Det är” being pronounced? I mean I cannot hear the “är”.

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Hej Ridwan,
Välkommen till Swedishpod101.com.
Jag heter Vicky, trevligt att träffas. (My name is Vicky, nice to meet you.)
Säg till om du har några frågor så hjälper vi dig gärna. (Let us know if you have any questions, we’d love to help.)

Ha en trevlig dag! (Have a nice day!)
VickyT
Team Swedishpod101.com

avatar ridwan

hi jag heter Ridwan och jag kommer från somalia
jag bor i Sverige nu men jag kan inte så mycket svenska och jag behöver mycket hjälp om ni kan
så jag behöver pratar svenska mycket och förstår människor ganska bra

hjälpa mig
tack så mycket tusen tack swedishpod101.com