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Did you know that only some reptiles and birds don’t parent their offspring? Except for crocodiles, all reptiles (and one family of bird species called megapodes) hatch from eggs and grow up alone, without any family.

The rest of us need family if we are to survive and thrive - humans and animals alike!

At SwedishPod101, we know how important family is. Therefore, we take care to teach you all the important vocabulary and phrases pertaining to family.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Is It Important to Know Swedish Vocabulary about Family?
  2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first
  3. How SwedishPod101 Can Help You Learn Swedish Family Terms

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1. Why Is It Important to Know Swedish Vocabulary about Family?

Lioness with Cub

Well, if you’re serious about studying any new language, then learning about the most important social unit in Swedish culture would be a crucial part of your education.

What is family, though? Strictly speaking, it’s a group of people who live together and are supposed to take care of one another. Some of them are genetically linked.

Family isn’t just about who we’re related to by blood, of course. It’s also one of the main influences in shaping every child’s life.

Family is Important for Children’s Healthy Development

Phrases Parents Say

Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. Children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs from the day they were born.

Primary caregivers, which usually comprise parents and family, form a child’s first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and are role models that show kids how to act and experience the world around them.

By nurturing and teaching children during their early years, families play an important role in making sure children are ready to learn when they enter school.

Families Can Take All Shapes and Sizes

However, the way families are put together is by no means standard.

Mom and Daughter

Single-parent and same-gender households have become a new norm the past few decades, and there’s no shame in this. When there is love, connection and proper care, a child can thrive anywhere.

Everyone also knows that sometimes friends can become like family and remain with us for life, because it’s all about human connection.

After all, we share many commonalities simply because we’re human, and we are programmed to connect with one another and belong to a group. This is very important for our well-being and survival.

It’s All About Feeling Connected

As John Northman, a psychologist from Buffalo, NY, told WebMD - feeling connected to others contributes to mental as well as physical health.

He pointed out that when people feel connected, they feel better physically, and they’re also less likely to feel depressed.

Couples Chatting

Or, if they do feel depressed, they’d be in a better position to get out of it when they feel they are connecting with others. This is because they would be psychologically supported too, Northman said.

There has even been some links drawn between addiction and feeling disconnected from others. According to an article in Psychology Today, research indicates that addiction is not solely a substance disorder, but also affected by people feeling insecurely attached to others.

It showed that securely attached individuals tend to feel comfortable in and enjoy life, while insecurely attached people typically struggle to fit in and connect.


2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first

So, it’s clear that for most of us, family is our entry point into connection and belonging. This is true of every culture, so in every country, family takes prominence.

For this reason, SwedishPod101 offers culturally-relevant lessons that will equip you well to understand families in Sweden.

Here are some of the most important Swedish vocabulary and quotes about family and parenting!

A) Swedish Family Vocabulary

Let’s start with the basic vocabulary. Without this collection of words, you’ll have a hard time describing any member of your family at all.

Family Terms
Family
släkt
Great grandfather
gammelfarfar or gammelmorfar
Mother
mamma
Grandmother
mormor (mother’s mother), farmor (father’s mother)
Father
pappa
Grandfather
morfar (mother’s father), farfar (father’s father)
Wife
fru
Grandchild
barnbarn
Husband
make
Granddaughter
barnbarn
Parent
förälder
Grandson
barnbarn
Child
barn
Aunt
faster (father’s sister) or moster (mother’s sister)
Daughter
dotter
Uncle
farbror (father’s brother) or morbror (mother’s brother)
Sister
syster
Niece
systerdotter
Brother
bror
Nephew
brorson
Younger sister
lillasyster
Younger brother
lillebror
Older brother
storebror
Great grandmother
gammelfarmor or gammelmormor
Cousin
kusin
Mother-in-law
svärmor
Father-in-law
svärfar
Sister-in-law
svärsyster
Brother-in-law
svåger
Partner
partner

Family of Three

B) Quotes About Family

Swedish Family Quotes

One of the ways to improve your Swedish language skills is by memorizing quotes from books, or poems.

Either source some from Swedish literature, or make use of ours!

Du väljer inte din familj. De är Guds gåva till dig, liksom du är till dem.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Desmond Tutu

Familjen är inte en viktig sak. Den är allt.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox

Familj betyder att ingen blir kvar eller glömd.

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers

Min familj är min styrka och min svaghet.

“My family is my strength and my weakness.” - Aishwarya Rai

Familjen är ett av naturens mästerverk.

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana

När problem kommer, är det din familj som stödjer dig.

“When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.” - Guy Lafleur

Familjen är den första grundläggande cellen av det mänskliga samhället.

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” - Pope John XXIII

Det finns inget sådant som är kul för hela familjen.

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” - Jerry Seinfeld

Du måste försvara din ära. Och din familj.

“You have to defend your honor. And your family.” - Suzanne Vega

Alla lyckliga familjer är likadana; varje olycklig familj är olycklig på sitt eget sätt.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy

C) Test Your Knowledge!

Do you feel you have learned a lot in this blog? Let’s quickly test that!

In the table below, match the Swedish vocabulary on the left with the definition of the relative in the right column.

MY RELATIVES
Relative Name Definition
1. släkt a. My male child
2. mamma b. My older male sibling
3. pappa c. My female sibling
4. fru d. My child’s child
5. make e. My child’s female child
6. förälder f. My female parent
7. barn g. My grandparent’s mother
8. dotter h. Mother to one of my parents
9. son i. Relatives
10. syster j. My female child
11. bror k. My younger male sibling
12. lillasyster l. Male spouse
13. lillebror m. The father of one of my parents
14. storebror n. My child’s male child
15. gammelfarmor or gammelmormor o. My children’s father or mother
16. gammelfarfar or gammelmorfar p. The sister of one of my parents
17. mormor or farmor q. The brother of one of my parents
18. farfar or morfar r. My male parent
19. barnbarn s. My sibling’s female child
20. barnbarn t. My sibling’s male child
21. barnbarn u. My male sibling
22. faster or moster v. My parents’ sibling’s child
23. farbror or morbror w. Female spouse
24. systerdotter x. The grandfather of one of my parents
25. brorson y. The person I am a parent to
26. kusin z. My younger female sibling

How did it go? Don’t worry if you had trouble with it - you’ll get there! With a bit of practice, and our help at SwedishPod101, you’ll soon have these family terms under the belt.

Family Shopping


3. How SwedishPod101 Can Help You Learn Swedish Family Terms

We hope that we helped you expand your family in Swedish vocabulary!

SwedishPod101, with its innovative online learning system, stands out among online learning platforms to help you master Swedish easily.

Our lessons are tailored not only to increase your language skills, but to also inform you of Swedish culture, including the Swedish family structure.

When you sign up, you will get instant access to tools like:

1 - An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
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4 - A free Swedish online dictionary
5 - The excellent 100 Core Swedish Word List
6 - An almost limitless Lesson Library for learners of all levels

Further speed up your learning with the help of a personal tutor, who will first assess your current Swedish language abilities to personalize your training and tailor it to your needs.

Hard work always pays off, and to help you in this, SwedishPod101 will be there every step of the way toward your Swedish mastery!

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