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Intermediate Swedish Words to Level Up Your Skills

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At this point in your journey, it’s likely time for you to start picking up the most useful intermediate Swedish words and phrases. But before we dive in, some context: 

Swedish is a Nordic language, meaning it belongs to the family of North Germanic languages.

Does that ring a bell?

That means it actually belongs to the same language group as English, which is a West Germanic language.

And since you can read this article, you probably speak English at a fluent or native level.

That will make starting out with Swedish pretty simple, as you won’t have much work to do before you master reading and writing. You’ll also find that the overall structuring of sentences and words is no different from what you’re used to in English. In other words, you’ll be able to focus most of your early efforts on learning new vocabulary and the conjugation basics. 

No new script to learn. Very few unfamiliar sounds to rehearse. 

It’ll be smooth sailing at first, but you’ll need to put in considerably more effort as you approach the intermediate level. 

At this point, the digits 0-9 no longer really do it, and asking people to switch to English is getting more and more frustrating.

That’s where our list of intermediate Swedish words will come in handy.

We’ve taken the time to compile some of the most important vocabulary words for this phase of your language learning journey, all with parallel English translations. 

At the end of this article, we’ll also recommend a great strategy for memorizing vocabulary. 

Without further ado, let’s jump right in…

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  1. Large Numbers – Stora nummer
  2. Nouns – Substantiv
  3. Verbs – Verb
  4. Adjectives – Adjektiv
  5. Adverbs – Adverb
  6. Prepositions – Prepositioner
  7. Conjunctions – Konjunktioner
  8. Particle Verbs – Partikelverb
  9. Conclusion

1. Large Numbers – Stora nummer

Number 28 Raised Up

English TranslationSwedish Number
TenTio10
ElevenElva11
TwelveTolv12
ThirteenTretton13
FourteenFjorton14
FifteenFemton15
SixteenSexton16
SeventeenSjutton17
EighteenArton18
NineteenNitton19
TwentyTjugo20
ThirtyTrettio30
FortyFyrtio40
FiftyFemtio50
SixtySextio60
SeventySjuttio70
EightyÅttio80
NinetyNittio90
A hundredHundra100
A thousandTusen1,000
Ten thousandTio tusen10,000
A hundred thousandHundra tusen100,000
A millionEn miljon1,000,000

2. Nouns – Substantiv

Words in Dictionary: Hospitable, Hospital, Hospitality

Because nouns make up such a huge chunk of any language, adding plenty of them to your intermediate Swedish vocabulary will really get you places. Here are some of the most useful Swedish nouns in different categories to get you started. 

    → You can also visit our vocabulary list of common Swedish nouns to learn fifty new words along with their pronunciation.

Time – Tid

English TranslationSwedish 
CenturyÅrhundrade
MorningMorgon
EveningKväll
QuarterFjärdedel
SemesterTermin

Places – Platser

English TranslationSwedish 
RegionOmråde
Department Avdelning
VillageBy
ParkPark
BankBank
PharmacyApotek
HospitalSjukhus
BakeryBageri
CliffKlippa
BeachStrand
IslandÖ
HillKulle

Technology – Teknologi

English TranslationSwedish 
TechnologyTeknologi
ScreenSkärm
KeyboardTangentbord
MouseMus
TabletLäsplatta
TVTV
ConsoleKonsol
ChargerLaddare
WebsiteHemsida
AccountKonto
PasswordLösenord
FileFil
FolderMapp
SoftwareProgramvara

Home – Hem

English TranslationSwedish 
RoomRum
FloorGolv
Living roomVardagsrum
BathroomBadrum
FridgeKylskåp
WardrobeGarderob

City & Transportation – Stad & transport

English TranslationSwedish 
SuburbsFörorter
NeighborhoodGrannskap
HighwayMotorväg
AlleyGränd
RoundaboutRondell
CrossroadSkiljeväg

People – Människor

English TranslationSwedish 
Paternal uncleFarbror
Maternal uncleMorbror
Paternal auntFaster
Maternal auntMoster
GrandchildBarnbarn
ChildBarn
Paternal grandfatherFarfar
Maternal grandfatherMorfar
Paternal grandmotherFarmor
Maternal grandmotherMormor

Body Parts – Kroppsdelar

English TranslationSwedish 
FingerFinger
BackRygg
BellyMage
Breast / ChestBröst
ShoulderAxel
LegBen
ThighLår
ButtBakdel
FootFot
CheekKind
ChinHaka
ForeheadPanna

Food – Mat

English TranslationSwedish 
KnifeKniv
ForkGaffel
SpoonSked
WineVin
DishMaträtt
AppetizerAptitretare
DessertEfterrätt
DrinkDryck
CoffeeKaffe

Work & Studies – Arbete & studier

English TranslationSwedish 
NurseSjuksköterska
LawyerAdvokat
WaiterServitör

Clothes – Kläder

English TranslationSwedish
PantsByxa
SweaterTröja
T-shirtT-shirt
ShirtSkjorta
CoatRock
SockStrumpa
ShoeSko
DressKlänning
HatHatt

3. Verbs – Verb

List of Verbs

Our next set of intermediate Swedish words consists of the most useful verbs for this stage of your learning journey. Memorizing this selection of practical action words will allow you to be more precise in your conversations and make your stories more interesting. To practice, try combining them with the nouns above to form complete sentences!

    → Need a little help with the conjugation? Then you can check out our blog post on Swedish verb tenses to learn everything you need to know on the topic.

Swedish English Translation
Att tjänaTo serve
Att lämnaTo leave
Att tillåtaTo allow
Att skickaTo send
Att mottaTo receive
Att levaTo live
Att ringaTo call
Att påminnaTo remind
Att introduceraTo introduce
Att accepteraTo accept
Att vägraTo refuse
Att ageraTo act
Att spelaTo play
Att känna igenTo recognize
Att väljaTo choose
Att röraTo touch
Att förklaraTo explain
Att gå uppTo get up
Att öppnaTo open
Att stänga To close
Att vinnaTo win
Att förloraTo lose
Att existeraTo exist
Att lyckasTo succeed
Att förändraTo change
Att jobbaTo work
Att studeraTo study
Att sovaTo sleep
Att gåTo walk
Att försökaTo try
Att stannaTo stop
Att fortsättaTo continue
Att lagaTo cook
Att höra tillTo belong
Att riskeraTo risk
Att läraTo learn
Att mötaTo meet
Att skapaTo create
Att fåTo get
Att gå inTo enter
Att lämnaTo exit
Att erbjudaTo offer
Att ta medTo bring
Att användaTo use
Att nåTo reach
Att förberedaTo prepare
Att tillägga  To add
Att betalaTo pay
Att övervägaTo consider
Att köpaTo buy
Att tryckaTo push
Att handlaTo shop
Att resaTo travel

4. Adjectives – Adjektiv

Woman Sitting by the Sea

While you may have learned a few adjectives as a beginner, the intermediate stage is where you really have the linguistic tools necessary to make the most of them. Below, you’ll find some of the most useful Swedish adjectives that you can start practicing today. 


Swedish English Translation
Grymt braAwesome
FruktansvärdHorrible
KonstigWeird
KompliceradComplicated
TjockThick
TunnThin
NäraNear
AvlägsenDistant
SmalNarrow
BredWide
MjukSoft
HårdHard
FullFull
TomEmpty
LjusLight
TungHeavy
UnikUnique
SpeciellSpecial
NyNew
GammalOld
FattigPoor
RikRich
RenClean
SmutsigDirty
SvagWeak
StarkStrong
SmalSlim
FetFat
SötCute
ElakMean
RoligFunny
TrevligNice
LyckligHappy
LedsenSad
TystQuiet
UpphetsadExcited
FarligDangerous
TråkigBoring
KryddstarkSpicy
AndraSecond
NästaNext
TidigarePrevious
Näst sistSecond-to-last
OrangeOrange
RosaPink
GråGray
LilaPurple
MagentaMagenta
TurkosTurquoise

5. Adverbs – Adverb

We use adverbs to give additional information about a verb, an adjective, or even another adverb. Learning just a few Swedish adverbs can help you better express yourself and add color to your conversations or writing. The lists below are a great place to start. 

When – När

Swedish English Translation
RedanAlready
För länge sedanA long time ago
NuNow
IgenAgain
ÄntligenAt last
SedanThen
DärefterThereafter

How Often – Hur ofta

Swedish English Translation
IblandSometimes
SällanRarely
VanligtvisUsually
GenerelltGenerally
Hela tidenAll the time

Where – Var

English TranslationSwedish 
NowhereIngenstans
SomewhereNågonstans
ElsewhereNågon annanstans
UpUpp
DownNer
OverÖver
UnderUnder
FarLångt
CloseNära

How – Hur

English TranslationSwedish 
SoftlyMjukt
SlowlyLångsamt
QuicklySnabbt
CalmlyLugnt
EasilyLätt
LuckilyLyckligtvis
SimplyHelt enkelt

How Much – Hur mycket

Swedish English Translation
TillräckligtEnough
FramföralltEspecially
NästanAlmost
Hur mycketHow much
Så mångaSo many
Så fåSo few

6. Prepositions – Prepositioner

Prepositions play an important role in intermediate-level Swedish, as they allow you to be more specific in your descriptions. We have included some of the most frequently used prepositions in Swedish below.

Time – Tid

Quarter of an Hour on a Clock

English TranslationSwedish 
BeforeInnan
AfterEfter

Space – Utrymme

English TranslationSwedish 
Next toBredvid
To the rightTill höger
To the leftTill vänster
On
In front ofFramför
BehindBakom
UnderUnder
OverÖver

Other – Övrig

Swedish English Translation
AngåendeAbout
MellanBetween
Tack vareThanks to
TrotsDespite
UtanWithout
MedWith

7. Conjunctions – Konjunktioner

Swedish English Translation
Varken eller…Neither…nor…
So
AnnatOther
SedanSince
NärWhen
DärförTherefore

8. Particle Verbs – Partikelverb

Swedish English Translation
SvenskaSwedish
Göra bort sigTo embarrass  / To make a fool of oneself
Hålla medTo agree with
Hålla påTo do / To be busy with
Hälsa påTo visit
Hänga medTo follow along
Hoppa överTo skip
Klä ut sigTo dress up as
Koppla avTo relax
Köra påTo go ahead
Lägga avTo quit
Läsa omTo re-read
Säga ifrånTo speak up
Säga tillTo tell off/to
Se uppTo look out
Skjuta uppTo put off
Slå avTo turn off
Slå påTo turn on
Slappna avTo relax
Stressa nerTo calm down
Tala om (för någon)To tell / To explain

9. Conclusion

You should now have a pretty good idea of what vocabulary you should expect to start using as an intermediate learner.

As promised in the intro, we’ll discuss a great technique for memorizing vocabulary.

Online flashcards.

Online flashcards are designed to continuously challenge your mind to memorize the meanings of your target words. But, of course, you’ll want to make sure your flashcards are tied into an outstanding Swedish learning program. 

Enter SwedishPod101.

Here, you get access to thousands of video, audio, and text lessons, from which you can save your own online flashcards. Plus, you can choose to only study content that caters to your exact level. Add to this several other features on SwedishPod101.com, like line-by-line breakdowns and pronunciation comparison tools.

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