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Your Ultimate Resource for Must-Know Advanced Swedish Words

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What are the first few words we learn in any language? 

They’re the most basic nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs that we need for daily interactions. But every language has advanced words that we don’t start learning until later on in our studies. 

Once you master the basics, you can begin leveling up and perfecting your language skills by setting your sights on more advanced vocabulary. Luckily, you won’t have to search very far to unearth these word gems. 

Below, we have compiled some of the most important advanced Swedish words for you to start studying.

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  1. Advanced Academic Words
  2. Advanced Business Words
  3. Advanced Medical Words
  4. Advanced Legal Words
  5. Advanced Swedish Verbs
  6. Advanced Swedish Adjectives
  7. Advanced Swedish Adverbs
  8. Conclusion

1. Advanced Academic Words

A Woman at a Graduation Ceremony

Learning academic vocabulary is crucial. For many people, it’s one of the most challenging aspects of learning a foreign language. When I was in school, I had to memorize the definition of every vocabulary word. But the acquisition of foreign languages doesn’t quite work that way.

There are two main reasons for this. First, knowing the definition of a word doesn’t mean you know how to use it in a sentence. Second, the meaning of a word can vary slightly depending on the context.

In scientific studies, articles, and other academic texts, words are defined more concretely than in regular conversation. Additionally, words that have more than one meaning are often used differently in academic contexts than they are elsewhere. 

But let’s keep things simple here. Below are a few advanced Swedish words related to academia.

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
Dock (adv.)HoweverDet stämmer dock inte.However, that is not true.
Relation (n.)Relation / Relationship1: Det finns ingen relation mellan händelserna.
2: De har inlett en relation tillsammans.
1: There’s no relation between the events.
2: They have started a relationship together.
Studie (n.)StudyResultatet presenteras i en ny studie.The result is presented in a new study.
Social (adj.)SocialHon är social och gillar andra människor.She is social and likes other people.
Begrepp (n.)ConceptDet är ett välkänt begrepp.It’s a well-known concept.
Form (n.)Form / ShapeDet är en form av kampsport.
Han är i god form innan tävlingen.
It’s a form of martial arts.
He’s in good shape before the competition.
Betydelse (n.)SignificanceDet är en bagatell och utan större betydelse.It’s a trifle and without much significance.
Analys (n.)AnalysisDet framgår i analysen.That is made clear in the analysis.
Utifrån (adv.)Based onDet gick bra utifrån omständigheterna.It went well based on the circumstances.
Perspektiv (n.)PerspectiveVåra perspektiv skiljer sig åt.Our perspectives differ.
Beskriva (v.)DescribeJag kan inte beskriva hur lycklig jag är.I cannot describe how happy I am.
Text (n.)TextNi behöver skriva en kort text om ämnet.You need to write a short text on the topic.
Innebära (v.)MeanDet kommer innebära slutet för oss!It will mean the end for us!
Exempelvis (adv.)For exampleDu kan exempelvis gå till sängs, eller läsa en bok.For example, you can go to bed or read a book.
Utgöra (v.)ConstituteDe kommer inte att utgöra ett hot länge till.They will not constitute a threat for long.
Orsak (n.)ReasonDet finns ingen orsak till oro.There is no reason for concern.
Såväl (con.)As wellHan har arbetat inrikes såväl som utrikes.He has worked domestically as well as abroad.
Enligt (prp.)According toDet går inte enligt dem.That’s not possible, according to them.
Därmed (adv.)ThusDärmed slutar vår saga så som den började.Thus ends our fairy tale as it began.
Diskussion (n.)DebateVi får ta upp det till diskussion på mötet.We will have to bring it up for discussion at the meeting.
Samband (n.)ConnectionDet finns inget samband mellan de två fallen.There is no connection between the two cases.
Forskning (n.)ResearchVi behöver mer forskning på ämnet.We need more research on the subject.
Dels (con.)PartlyDet är dels mitt fel, och dels hennes.It’s partly my fault, and partly hers.
Tolkning (n.)InterpretationSlutet är öppet för tolkning.The ending is open to interpretation.
Referera (v.)To referJag får lov att referera till expertis på området.I will have to refer to expertise in the field.

(Part of speech: n; noun, v; verb, adj; adjective, adv; adverb, prp; preposition, con; conjunction)

2. Advanced Business Words

A Businesswoman Surrounded by Sketches of Lightbulbs

In addition to academic words, business vocabulary is incredibly important. You’ll need to know this type of vocabulary before applying for a job or doing anything that requires a formal report/presentation.

In the professional world, we use many more advanced words than we do in everyday conversations. This is true even if our job doesn’t require any special training. 

For example, let’s say you encounter a difficult situation at work and want to talk about it with your boss. You might say something like, “That was an unfortunate circumstance.” If you were talking to anyone other than a superior, such as your friends or family, you would probably use the word “unlucky” instead. 

As you approach an advanced level in Swedish, becoming familiar with this special set of terminology will certainly give you a leg up in the business world. 

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
Division (n.)DivisionVi studerar multiplikation och division.We study multiplication and division.
Huvudkontor (n.)Head officeVar ligger deras huvudkontor?Where is their head office?
Outsourcing (n.)OutsourcingHan fick sparken på grund av outsourcing.He was fired due to outsourcing.
Uppsägning (n.)TerminationDet räcker med en varning istället för uppsägning.A warning instead of termination is enough.
Tillgångar (n.)AssetsTillgångarna överstiger utgifterna.The assets exceed the expenses.
Lager (n.)StockOroa dig inte, vi har flera på lager.Don’t worry; we have several in stock.
Aktieägare (n.)ShareholderStyrelsens beslut lär inte vara populärt hos aktieägarna.The board’s decision is not likely to be popular with the shareholders.
Ränta (n.)Interest rateVad erbjuder banken för ränta?What interest rate does the bank offer?
Personalavdelning (n.)Human resources departmentHon arbetar vid personalavdelningen.She works in the human resources department.
Omsättning (n.)TurnoverOmsättningen ökade under det andra kvartalet.Turnover increased during the second quarter.
Medel (n.)FundsDet saknas medel till att investera.There are no funds to invest.
Dotterbolag (n.)SubsidiaryDe öppnade ett dotterbolag dit de kunde flytta kostnaderna.They opened a subsidiary where they could move the costs.
Avgift (n.)FeeDet tillkommer en avgift för sittplats.There is an additional fee for seating.
Lönebesked (n.)PayslipSkatten framgår på lönebeskedet.The tax appears on the payslip.
Partnerskap (n.)PartnershipDeras partnerskap var bräckligt.Their partnership was fragile.
Arbetsmarknad (n.)Labor marketArbetsmarknaden har återhämtat sig efter lågkonjunkturen.The labor market has recovered from the recession.
Kompensera (v.)CompensateVi kommer att kompensera dig för uppdraget.We will compensate you for the assignment.
Ansöka (v.)ApplyJag kommer att ansöka till tjänsten.I will apply for the position.
Gren (n.)BranchAvbrottet kommer att påverka samtliga grenar av företaget.The interruption will affect all branches of the company.
Bokföring (n.)AccountingDe kom undan med det på grund av kreativ bokföring.They got away with it because of creative accounting.
Registrerat  varumärke (n.)Registered trademarkProdukten lyder under ett registrerat varumärke och får inte kopieras utan tillstånd.The product is subject to a registered trademark and may not be copied without permission.
Konkurs (n.)BankruptcyOm inte vinsten ökas är en konkurs nära förestående.Unless the profit is increased, bankruptcy is imminent.
Affärsresa (n.)Business tripHan är på affärsresa, kan jag ta ett meddelande?He’s on a business trip; can I take a message?
Tillsvidareanställning (n.)Permanent contractEfter sex månader övergår det till en tillsvidareanställning.After six months, it will be changed to a permanent contract.
Visstidsanställning (n.)Fixed-term contractDe hittar alltid något skäl till att sparka en vid avslutat visstidsanställning.They always find some reason to fire you at the end of a fixed-term contract.
Chef (n.)BossDe kom relativt väl överens med chefen.They got along relatively well with the boss.

(Part of speech: n; noun, v; verb, adj; adjective, adv; adverb, prp; preposition, con; conjunction)

3. Advanced Medical Words

A Female Doctor

I’m not a doctor, but as someone who has had to visit the doctor on several occasions, I know how important it is to understand what’s being said. For me, the worst part about going to the doctor is feeling clueless and helpless. I feel a lot better when I can ask questions and get answers in my native language.

Luckily, in most countries, there are professional medical interpreters available to help you communicate with your doctor. If that’s not an option for you, use the following list of advanced Swedish words to start learning the most important medical vocabulary.

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
Behandling (n.)TreatmentSom tur var svarade hon väl på behandling.Fortunately, she responded well to treatment.
Godartad (adj.)BenignDet är en godartad tumör.It is a benign tumor.
Sterilisera (v.)SterilizeNi behöver sterilisera verktygen innan operationen.You need to sterilize the tools before the operation.
Smittsam (adj.)ContagiousSjukdomen är inte smittsam.The disease is not contagious.
Bedöva (v.)AnesthetizeVi kommer att bedöva området innan det första snittet sker.We will anesthetize the area before the first incision is made.
Allergi (n.)AllergyHar du några allergier vi behöver känna till?Do you have any allergies we need to know about?
Blodtryck (n.)Blood pressureHan led av högt blodtryck på grund av övervikt.He was suffering from high blood pressure due to being overweight.
Fraktur (n.)FractureRöntgen visar på en fraktur i lårbenet.The X-ray shows a fracture in the femur.
Röntgen (n.)X-rayVi behöver ta röntgen för att se ifall en fraktur föreligger.We need to take an X-ray to see if there is a fracture.
Antibiotika (n.)AntibioticsEndast bakteriella infektioner kan behandlas med antibiotika.Only bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics.
Hjärtattack (n.)Heart attackHan avled i en hjärtattack.He died of a heart attack.
Immunförsvar (n.)Immune systemImmunförsvaret måste utmanas för att bli starkare.The immune system must be challenged to become stronger.
Blödning (n.)BleedingVi måste få stopp på blödningen innan vi syr igen såret.We have to stop the bleeding before we stitch up the wound.
Vaccinera (v.)VaccinateDet är en sjukdom som går att vaccinera mot.It is a disease that can be vaccinated against.
Recept (n.)PrescriptionDu behöver ett recept för att få det läkemedlet.You need a prescription to get that medicine.
Biverkan (n.)Side effectHögt blodtryck och yrsel är kända sidoeffekter hos medicineringen.High blood pressure and dizziness are known side effects of the medication.
Blodprov (n.)Blood testBlodprovet visade positivt för olagliga substanser.The blood test showed positive for illegal substances.
Influensa (n.)InfluenzaÅrets influensa ger en ovanligt hög feber.This year’s influenza gives an unusually high fever.
Klåda (n.)ItchingBetten kan leda till klåda och rodnad.The bite can lead to itching and redness.
Menstruation (n.)MenstruationGraviditetstest tas vid försenad menstruation.Pregnancy tests are taken in case of delayed menstruation.
Svalg (n.)PharynxPatienten har halsont med synbar rodnad i svalget.The patient has a sore throat with visible redness in the pharynx.
Mage (n.)StomachFör mycket kryddor gjorde att hon fick ont i magen.Too much spice made her stomach ache.
Ryggrad (n.)SpineEfter olyckan var de noga med att ryggraden hölls stilla.After the accident, they made sure that the spine was kept still.
Revben (n.)RibsHan knäckte ett revben i matchen.He broke a rib in the match.
Lungor (n.)LungsLungorna är skadade av rökning.The lungs are damaged by smoking.
Infektion (n.)InfectionVi behandlar infektionen med antibiotika.We treat the infection with antibiotics.

(Part of speech: n; noun, v; verb, adj; adjective, adv; adverb, prp; preposition, con; conjunction)

4. Advanced Legal Words

A Lawyer Holding a Scale

The next set of advanced Swedish vocabulary we’ll look at consists of words related to the law. Keep in mind that legal terms can vary slightly depending on the country or region you live in, as well as the legal system you’re referring to. 

For example, in the United States, words like “district attorney” and “prosecutor” have different meanings than they do in the United Kingdom. But no matter where you live, it’s important to understand basic terms like “murder” and “assault.”

For both legal professionals and the general public, knowing these words is essential. This is especially true if you frequently engage with legal professionals in your personal or professional life. For example, if you need to hire a lawyer or go through the court system, being familiar with basic legal terms will help you communicate with your attorney.

Legal words are particularly difficult for many people to learn because they’re generally abstract and complex. They also tend to have multiple meanings. 

The list below will help you get started with legal vocabulary in Swedish. 

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
Auktoriserad (adj.)AuthorizedVi hänvisar dig till en auktoriserad återförsäljare.We refer you to an authorized dealer.
Förlikning (n.)SettlementDe två parterna nådde en förlikning.The two parties reached a settlement.
Brottsregister (n.)Criminal recordBrottsregister kommer att kontrolleras under anställningsprocessen.Criminal records will be checked during the recruitment process.
Appellationsdomstol (n.)Court of appealsYtterligare klagomål får du ta upp med appellationsdomstolen.You can take up further complaints with the court of appeals.
Juridiskt biträde (n.)Legal counselOffret saknade juridiskt biträde.The victim lacked legal counsel.
Rättslig (adj.)LegalDet är osannolikt att det leder till rättslig påföljd.It is unlikely that it will lead to legal repercussions.
Bevis (n.)EvidenceVad har ni för bevis för påståendet?What evidence do you have for the claim?
Kalla (v.)SummonMålsäganden kallar sitt första vittne.Plaintiffs summon their first witness.
Juridiska ombud (n.)Legal representativeSom anklagad har du rätt till juridiskt ombud.As an accused, you have the right to a legal representative.
Registrera (v.)RegisterDet är registrerat till protokollet.It is registered to the protocol.
Tvist (n.)DisputeHalva styrelsen är inblandade i rättsliga tvister.Half the board is involved in legal disputes.
Husrannsakan (n.)WarrantUtan husrannsakan kommer ni inte in!Without a warrant, you will not enter!
Företrädare (n.)RepresentativeJag är företrädare i fallet då den drabbade på grund av sina skador inte kan närvara.I am a representative in the case as the victim is unable to attend due to his injuries.
Notarie (n.)NotaryVi ber notarien stryka det från protokollet.We ask the notary to delete it from the minutes.
Skjuta upp (v.)PostponeVi har inget annat val än att skjuta upp det till ett senare tillfälle.We have no choice but to postpone it to a later date.
Rättegång (n.)TrialNi kommer att kallas till rättegång då åklagaren har tillräcklig bevisning.You will be called to trial when the prosecutor has sufficient evidence.
Allmän åklagare (n.)Public prosecutorSom allmän åklagare har hon ont om tid.As a public prosecutor, she is short of time.
Hävda (v.)ClaimDu hävdar alltså att någon planterade bevismaterialet på dig?So, you claim that someone planted the evidence on you?
Betalning (n.)PaymentSkulle betalningen vara sen tillkommer en straffavgift.Should the payment be late, a penalty fee will be added.
Kidnappning (n.)KidnappingPolisen utreder just nu brottet som en kidnappning.Police are currently investigating the crime as a kidnapping.
Angripare (n.)AssailantAngriparen var tydligt berusad.The assailant was clearly intoxicated.
Bestickning (n.)BriberyHan meddelades avsked på grund av bestickning.He was fired due to bribery.
Inbrott (n.)BurglaryGemene man vill att inbrott bestraffas betydligt hårdare.The common man wants burglary to be punished much more severely.
Utpressning (n.)BlackmailBilderna användes för utpressning.The pictures were used for blackmail.
Hot (n.)ThreatDe fick ett antal hot via sociala medier.They received a number of threats via social media.
Misshandel (n.)AssaultHan var anklagad för misshandel, men hävdade självförsvar.He was accused of assault, but claimed self-defense.

(Part of speech: n; noun, v; verb, adj; adjective, adv; adverb, prp; preposition, con; conjunction)

5. Advanced Swedish Verbs

At this stage in your Swedish learning journey, you probably know quite a lot of nouns and pronouns. Now, let’s move on to something equally important: Swedish verbs

In the English language, verbs can be either regular or irregular. Regular verbs are those that follow predictable conjugation patterns to form the past, present, and future tenses. For example, they’re conjugated for the past tense by adding “-ed” or “-d” to the end of the verb: “walked.”

By contrast, verbs that are considered irregular need an entirely different structure to form the past, present, and future tenses. For example, the past tense of “sing” is “sang,” not “singed.”

Even though there are irregular verbs in Swedish, many speakers of Romance languages (like French and Italian) find it really easy to learn most Swedish verbs because their conjugation is so simple.

Additionally, many common verbs in the Swedish language are very similar to English verbs, but with a unique pronunciation.

For example, in English, we say “I have a home” and “I had a home.” In Swedish, that comes out as Jag har ett hem and Jag hade ett hem. In this case, the perfect tense of “had” and hade surely tells the tale that these are closely related languages.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important verbs you’ll want to learn in the Swedish language.

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
Att börjaTo startJag börjar varje morgon med frukost.I start each morning with breakfast.
Att länkaTo linkGenom att länka till sidan ökar dess popularitet.By linking to the page, its popularity increases.
Att skrivaTo writeJag älskar att skriva brev.I love writing letters.
Att utseTo nominateVi kommer att utse dig till borgmästare.We will appoint you mayor.
Att visaTo showGlöm inte att visa din legitimation.Do not forget to show your ID.
Att berömmaTo praiseDet är viktigt att berömma dem då de gör något bra.It is important to praise them when they do something good.
Att haTo haveDet är bra att ha mat i skafferiet.It is good to have food in the pantry.
Att sägaTo sayJag har en hel del att säga till skolstyrelsen.I have a lot to say to the school board.
Att deltaTo participateDe riktigt små barnen får pris bara för att delta.The really small children get a prize just for participating.
Att initieraTo initiateNär du är redo kan du initiera startproceduren.When you are ready, you can initiate the startup procedure.
Att balanseraTo balanceHan balanserade på en lina mellan två skyskrapor.He balanced on a rope between two skyscrapers.
Att omfamnaTo embraceLåt mig omfamna er i all vänskaplighet!Let me embrace you in friendship!
Att förbättraTo enhanceMinneskorten kommer att förbättra datorprestandan avsevärt.The memory cards will significantly improve computer performance.
Att utvecklaTo elaborateKan du utveckla argumentet lite närmare?Can you elaborate on the argument a little further?
Att samarbetaTo collaborateJag tror vi kan lyckas om vi samarbetar.I believe we can succeed if we cooperate.
Att framkallaTo evokeFilmen framkallade sentimentala minnen hos mig.The film evoked sentimental memories in me.
Att särskiljaTo distinguishDet är svårt att särskilja årets modell från de tidigare.It is difficult to distinguish this year’s model from the previous ones.
Att artikuleraTo articulateFörsök att artikulera bättre för ökad förståelse.Try to articulate better for greater understanding.

6. Advanced Swedish Adjectives

As you might have guessed, advanced Swedish adjectives are very similar to those in the English language. However, there are some slight spelling and pronunciation changes when converting an English adjective into Swedish.

For example, the English adjective “good” is irregular and declines as “better” and “best.” The Swedish word for “good” is bra, and the similarities can be seen in the likewise irregular comparative and superlative forms bättre and bäst.

Swedish adjectives also decline based on gender to some extent. Let’s see an example using the superlative “best”:  

  • Vi behöver den bäste mannen för jobbet. (“We need the best man for the job.”)
  • Vi behöver den bästa kvinnan för jobbet. (“We need the best woman for the job.”)

It may take time to get used to these changes, but once you do, speaking Swedish will become much easier. In fact, you’ll start to pick up on them even before you’ve completely mastered the words. 

Here are some advanced Swedish adjectives you may not have learned yet.

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
GrundläggandeFundamentalRätten till liv är en grundläggande rättighet.The right to life is a fundamental right.
BekvämComfortableHemleverans är en bekväm lösning.Home delivery is a comfortable solution.
AnnorlundaDifferentHon bar en något annorlunda jacka, med lila tofsar.She wore a somewhat different jacket, with purple tassels.
LättEasyDet är inte alltid lätt att stiga upp på morgonen.Getting up in the morning is not always easy.
SvårDifficultDet är en svår fråga, kan du ge mig en ledtråd?That’s a difficult question; can you give me a clue?
KnepigTrickyVi har hamnat i en knepig situation utan uppenbar lösning.We have ended up in a tricky situation without an obvious solution.
ObekvämInconvenientJag blev obekväm i deras sällskap och valde att gå hem.I became uncomfortable in their company and chose to go home.
JobbigAnnoyingHan kunde bli jobbig ibland då han kände sig utanför.He could become annoying sometimes when he felt left out.
KritiskCriticalDetta är en kritisk situation och vi måste agera snabbt!This is a critical situation, and we must act quickly!
SjälvständigIndependentDet är en självständig nation och vi saknar auktoritet där.It is an independent nation and we lack authority there.
KompliceradComplicatedDet är en komplicerad maskin som jag inte förstår mig på.It’s a complicated machine that I do not understand.
TekniskTechnicalVårt tekniska kunnande leder oss till framgång.Our technical know-how leads us to success.
LyckligHappySagan fick ett lyckligt slut.The story had a happy ending.
UnderhållandeEntertainingDet var en underhållande film.It was an entertaining movie.
UppfriskandeRefreshingVill du ha något uppfriskande att dricka?Do you want something refreshing to drink?
GammaldagsOld-fashionedDet är en gammaldags lösning, men alltjämt effektiv.It is an old-fashioned solution, but still effective.
SegrandeVictoriousVi gick segrande ur kampen.We emerged victorious from the battle.
CharmigCharmingHan var oerhört charmig och alla tyckte om honom.He was extremely charming, and everyone liked him.

7. Advanced Swedish Adverbs

Just like with English, many adjectives in Swedish can be transformed into adverbs by simply adding a suffix.

For example, the English adjective “quick” can easily be changed into the adverb “quickly” by adding the suffix “-ly.” The Swedish adjective with the same meaning is snabb, which can be changed into the adverb snabbt. The Swedish suffix most commonly used for this purpose is, as you might have guessed, “-t.”

There are, of course, many adverbs that are not directly linked to an adjective, but they are quite often similar to their English counterparts as well. For example: 

  • Soon (Snart)
  • Afterward (Efteråt)
  • Often (Ofta)

It might take some time for you to get used to writing Swedish adverbs. However, the good news is that it’s not so difficult to learn the most common ones.

SwedishEnglishSwedish Example SentenceEnglish Example Sentence
EnkeltEasilyHan lyfte enkelt vikten över huvudet.He easily lifted the weight over his head.
NuNowJag går hem nu.I’m going home now.
FöreBeforeÄt inte godis före middagen.Do not eat sweets before dinner.
MerMoreJag vill ha mer kaka!I want more cake!
OnormaltAbnormallyDu sover onormalt mycket nu för tiden.You sleep abnormally much these days.
HopplöstHopelesslyHon är hopplöst förälskad i honom.She is hopelessly in love with him.
TvivelaktigtDoubtfullyHan såg tvivelaktigt på mig.He looked at me doubtfully.
LjudligtNoisilyVagnen rullade ljudligt in på gården.The cart rolled noisily into the yard.
IntensivtIntenselyMan kunde höra någon intensivt skratta från grannrummet.You could hear someone intensely laughing from the next room.
IntressantInterestinglyIntressant nog pågår seden fortfarande.Interestingly enough, the custom is still going on.
OväntatUnexpectedlyHan sparkade oväntat upp dörren.He unexpectedly kicked the door open.
MotvilligtReluctantlyHon skrattade motvilligt åt det grova skämtet.She laughed reluctantly at the crude joke.
OerhörtTremendouslyDet är en oerhört imponerande trädgård du har!It is a tremendously impressive garden you have!
OptimistisktOptimisticallyNu är det viktigt att vi ser optimistiskt på saken.At this point, it is important that we look at the matter optimistically.
KnapptBarelyHan hade knappt fyll sju år.He had barely celebrated his seventh birthday.
LydigtObedientlyDe slog lydigt undan med blicken.They obediently looked away.
AlltidAlwaysDet finns alltid plats för en till.There is always room for one more.
RasandeFuriouslyHan sprang rasande efter dem.He ran furiously after them.

8. Conclusion

It’s easy to get comfortable with the words you know in Swedish, but a challenge awaits for those who want to learn more. 

Learning advanced Swedish vocabulary is necessary if you need to discuss legal issues with a lawyer, explain health concerns to a doctor, or attend university in this beautiful country. Luckily, there are many resources available to help people learn the basics and level up to native-like fluency. 

SwedishPod101 is the most comprehensive resource you could lay your hands on. Here, you can find thousands of lessons in audio, video, and text format—all designed to help you learn Swedish in the fastest, easiest, and most fun way possible. 

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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.

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Learn the Names of Animals in Spanish

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Animals may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Sweden.”

Maybe you think about the delicious Swedish meatballs you had that one time. Or maybe the sailing enthusiasts you’ve seen on Instagram. While this Nordic country is known for those things and more, what it’s not given enough credit for is its stunning diversity of wildlife.

Learning animal names in Swedish will help you describe and talk about the huge number of wild creatures that call Sweden home. Moose, beavers, wolves, brown bears, arctic foxes, wolverines, lynxes, wild boars, otters…and the list goes on. There are even tours dedicated to finding specific animals (like lynxes) in the wilderness. As such, learning the names of animals in Swedish will be essential if you like to travel or consider yourself a serious animal lover. 

In this article, we’ve compiled several vocabulary lists for different kinds of animals and broken them down by category for you. 

Without further ado, let’s dig right in…

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  1. At Home (Pets)
  2. On the Farm (Farm Animals)
  3. In the Wild / Forest / Safari (Land Animals)
  4. Bugs and Insects
  5. In the Ocean (Aquatic / Marine Animals)
  6. Reptiles & Amphibians
  7. Birds
  8. Animal Body Parts
  9. Animal-Related Idioms and Slang Expressions
  10. Conclusion

1. At Home (Pets)

Hamster

Swedes treat their pets like family. The sense of equality that’s dominant in Sweden also covers animals; they’re considered so much more than just a creature that needs to be fed. To give you an idea, many Swedes even work their schedule around their pets’ needs! 

More and more Swedish companies are allowing their employees to bring their pets to work, and pets (especially dogs) go with their owners on vacation. Dog owners in Sweden always seem to be walking their dogs, and there’s plenty of space for them to enjoy thanks to the country’s abundance of nature. 

Swedes take pride in owning their dogs, and it’s considered strange to have one’s dog left out to play around or do “normal” activities. You’re expected to have your dog participate in events and competitions, and to make it a member of a dog association or club.

In other words, dogs are the 24/7 companions of Swedes.

While dogs are Swedes’ personal favorite pet, other animals are not so uncommon. Below is a list of nine housepets you may stumble upon in Sweden:

Katt“Cat”
Hund“Dog”
Hamster“Hamster”
Kanin“Rabbit”
Mus“Mouse”
Råtta“Rat”
Marsvin“Guinea pig”
Guldfisk“Goldfish”
Papegoja“Parrot”

2. On the Farm (Farm Animals)


Young Lady Farming

Agriculture in Sweden is not evenly distributed among the country’s regions. This is because it makes more sense to use the mountainous parts for forestry rather than farming activities. The farther south you go, the more agricultural land you’ll find. Still, not that many plant types can be grown here, given the limitations imposed by the weather and short growing seasons.

Only 1.5% of Sweden’s working population is involved in agriculture. Traditional farming is not very common in the country, though urban farming is on the rise as people are becoming more environmentally aware. Many Swedes now prefer to grow their own produce, be it in their apartment or their home garden in the suburbs.

Below is a list of farm animals in Swedish along with their English translations:

Ko“Cow”
Gris“Pig”
Får“Sheep”
Get“Goat”
Häst“Horse”
Höna“Hen”
Kalkon“Turkey”
Gås“Goose”
Anka“Duck”
Tupp“Rooster”

Hungry for even more vocabulary? Then head over to our lesson on farm animals in Sweden to learn the names of even more animals! 

3. In the Wild / Forest / Safari (Land Animals)

Brown Bear

Sweden is home to several predators, including bears, lynxes, wolves, and wolverines. Sweden is one of the largest European countries, yet it has the second-lowest population density. This gives the country tons of free space for animals to roam far away from humans. 

You can experience Swedish wildlife anywhere, from private or public forests to national parks. Still, a big misconception about Sweden is that predators roam the streets. The truth is that large predators are rarely seen out and about unless you go out for the sole purpose of finding them in certain areas.

Given the low attack rates, experts describe Swedish nature as perfect for those looking to experience wildlife and camping without facing serious predator danger. The only danger lurking in the forests of Sweden is not large animals, but rather what we’ll cover in the next section.

But first, here’s a comprehensive list of wild animals in Swedish:

Björn“Bear”
Varg“Wolf”
Rådjur“Deer”
Hare“Hare”
Räv“Fox”
Igelkott“Hedgehog”
Ekorre“Squirrel”
Vildsvin“Boar”
Groundhog“Groundhog”
Lejon“Lion”
Tiger“Tiger”
Jaguar“Jaguar”
Panter“Panther”
Elefant“Elephant”
Giraff“Giraffe”
Apa“Monkey”
Gorilla“Gorilla”
Känguru“Kangaroo”
Koala“Koala”
Panda“Panda”
Sengångare“Sloth”
Säl“Seal”
Pingvin“Penguin”
Isbjörn“Polar bear”
Valross“Walrus”

Enthralled by wild animals? Then you’ll love our lesson on forest animal vocabulary!

4. Bugs and Insects

Red Ladybug

I don’t mean to scare you off, but wasps are the #1 cause of death inflicted by animals in Sweden.

Surprising, right?

Wasps, along with bees, represent a real danger to those who are allergic to the two insects’ bites. If you’re not allergic to either, then you’re good to go. But if you are, you might want to take some precautions before you go wandering around in Swedish nature.

Oh, wait! There are still ticks to talk about. Did you know they carry diseases such as Lyme and TBE (tick-borne encephalitis)?

Below are the names of thirteen insects and bugs in Swedish:

Bi“Bee”
Geting“Wasp”
Mygga“Mosquito”
Fluga“Fly”
Spindel“Spider”
Gräshoppa“Grasshopper”
Kackerlacka“Cockroach”
Fjäril“Butterfly”
Myra“Ant”
Mal“Moth”
Snigel“Snail”
Snigel“Slug”
Fästing“Tick”

5. In the Ocean (Aquatic / Marine Animals)

Sea with Fish

Like Denmark and Germany, Sweden borders both Kattegat (from the West) and the Baltic Sea (from the Southeast). It also borders the Gulf of Bothnia from the Northeast.

In addition, Southern Sweden features several lowland lakes with a variety of marine animals, with the biggest lake in the country being Lake Vänern. 

Angling and fishing are popular and make for a fun experience in Sweden. Just make sure you follow Swedish fishing rules, and you’ll go home with a variety of fish such as salmon, zander, and trout.

Below you’ll find the names of the most common aquatic animals in Swedish:

Fisk“Fish”
Öring“Trout”
Gös“Zander”
Lax“Salmon”
Haj“Shark”
Delfin“Dolphin”
Val“Whale”
Sjölejon“Sealion”
Manet“Jellyfish”
Bläckfisk“Octopus”
Sjöhäst“Seahorse”
Sjöborre“Urchin”
Sjöstjärna“Starfish”
Mussla“Mussel”
Sjögurka“Sea cucumber”

6. Reptiles & Amphibians

Cute Turtle

There are reptiles all over Sweden, though there’s not much to worry about in the wilderness. The venom of the only venomous snake in Sweden (the common European viper, a.k.a. the “adder”) is not strong enough to kill a human being.

Groda“Frog”
Padda“Toad”
Krokodil“Crocodile”
Ödla“Lizard”
Sköldpadda“Turtle”
Havssköldpadda“Sea turtle”
Orm“Snake”

7. Birds

Birds in a Cage

There are a variety of beautiful birds living in Sweden, most notably the country’s national bird—the common blackbird.

Here’s a list of the nine most common birds in Sweden: 

Duva“Pigeon”
Fiskmås“Seagull”
Kråka“Crow”
Örn“Eagle”
Duva“Dove”
Uggla“Owl”
Skata“Magpie”
Sparv“Sparrow”
Påfågel“Peacock”

8. Animal Body Parts

Now that you know the names of several different animals in the Swedish language, let’s go over another essential vocabulary set: animal body parts. Knowing these words will help you better describe the animals you come across, so learn them well! 

Svans“Tail”
Hår“Hair”
Päls“Fur”
Tand“Tooth”
Huggtand“Fang”
Klo“Claw”
Horn“Horn”
Hov“Hoof”
Fjäder“Feather”
Vinge“Wing”
Näbb“Beak”
Mun“Mouth”
Fena“Fin”
Tentakel“Tentacle”
Man“Mane”
Snabel“Trunk”
Bete“Tusk”
Antenn“Antenna”
Tagg“Dart”
Ben“Leg”
Fjäll“Scale”
Tass“Paw”

9. Animal-Related Idioms and Slang Expressions


Smutsig som en gris“Dirty as a pig”
Tjock som en gris“Fat as a pig”
Tyst som en mus“Silent as a mouse”
Arg som ett bi“Angry as a bee”
Modig som ett lejon“Brave as a lion”
Full som ett svin“Drunk as a pig”
From som ett lamm“Meek as a lamb”

10. Conclusion

Congratulations for getting this far!

In addition to learning the names of different animals in Swedish, you’ve become familiar with the names of animal body parts and even a few animal-related expressions used in Sweden. To practice, drop us a comment with the name of your favorite animal (or animals) in Swedish!

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30 Practical Swedish Phone Call Expressions

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With the advance of technology, more and more of us hide behind texting, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

We all want to respond to people on our own schedule, and at our convenience.

But guess what?

There will always come a moment when you get a phone call you have to take or need to make one yourself. You can’t refuse the call from the delivery guy, and you definitely won’t want to refuse the phone interview for your dream job. 

It always comes down to making those phone calls

As such, language learners will benefit from memorizing some Swedish phone call expressions, even in our SMS-based world. 

But phone anxiety is bad enough in one’s native language, let alone in a foreign language like Swedish! 

Just picture the delivery guy calling so you can help them find your home, and the only language they speak is Swedish. 

Know how to start the conversation? Ask them to switch to text? Or even agree with them on a meeting point?

To give you a headstart, SwedishPod101 has compiled this handy list of 30 Swedish telephone call phrases. We’ve also provided two bonus sample conversations at the end of this article!

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  1. Picking up the Phone
  2. Saying Who You Are
  3. Stating the Reason for Your Call
  4. Asking to Speak to Someone
  5. Asking Someone to Wait
  6. Leaving a Message
  7. Asking for Clarification
  8. Ending the Phone Call
  9. Sample Phone Conversations
  10. Conclusion

1. Picking up the Phone

Woman Lying on the Carpet and Talking on the Phone

Swedes have a unique way of picking up the phone. They start the call by mentioning whose home you’re “at” (if you happen to be calling someone’s home). The basic expression is: 

At [homeowner’s name].
Hos [homeowner’s name].

An extended version of this expression is to start with your first name:

[First name] at [homeowner’s name].
[First name] hos [homeowner’s name].

Besides these unique Swedish expressions, you can use others that are similar to those commonly used in English. 

This magic word is as informal as it gets: 

Howdy.
Hejsan.

And if you want something a little less informal, you can use:

Hello.
Hallå.

And for formal calls, use one of these two phrases:

Good day.
God dag.

[First name. / Family name.]

2. Saying Who You Are

Blonde Woman Smiling while Talking on the Phone at Work

This may not be relevant when talking with acquaintances or friends, but it’s a crucial part of formal phone calls or conversations with strangers. 

This is [name].
Det här är [namn].

This is [name], from [company].
Det här är [namn], från [företag].

3. Stating the Reason for Your Call

Rehearsing this part to mastery is a must. You’ll want to clearly express the purpose of your call and leave no room for mumbling. Otherwise, your call will be pretty much pointless. Here are a few expressions you can use: 

I’m calling to ask… / confirm… / make a reservation…
Jag ringer för att fråga … / bekräfta … / göra en reservation…

I’d like to speak to someone about… 
Jag skulle vilja prata med någon om…

I’m returning your call.
Jag svarar på ditt samtal.

4. Asking to Speak to Someone

An Asian Man Pressing a Button while Talking on the Phone

Sometimes, the person who picks up the phone is not the person you intended to call. In that case, there are a few ways you can ask to be handed over to the correct person: 

May I speak to…?  
Kan jag få tala med…?

Is [name] there? 
Finns [namn] där?

Is Mr. Andersson in office today?
Är herr Andersson i tjänst idag?

Is Mr. Gustavsson available now?
Är Mr. Gustavsson tillgänglig nu?

5. Asking Someone to Wait

A Woman Handwriting in a Notebook during a Phone Call

Especially in formal contexts, it’s common to have to put someone on hold for a couple of minutes. Here are three ways you can politely ask someone to wait: 

Just a moment, let me check. 
Ett ögonblick, låt mig kolla.

I’ll put you on hold for a second. 
Jag låter dig vänta en stund.

Let me transfer you to his office. Stay on the line, please. 
Låt mig koppla dig till hans kontor. Stanna kvar på linjen tack.

6. Leaving a Message

If the person you wish to speak to is not available, you may be able to leave a voicemail or have a message relayed to them. Here are some phrases you can use to leave a message in Swedish over the phone: 

Please let him know… 
Var god låt honom veta…

Can I leave a message? 
Kan jag lämna ett meddelande?

Can you tell him to call me back at [phone number]? 
Kan du be honom ringa mig på [telefonnummer]?

7. Asking for Clarification

A Surprised Business Woman on a Call

As a non-native speaker making a phone call in Swedish, you may need to ask for clarification at some point. This is nothing to be embarrassed about! Below are a few expressions you can use to make sure you understand what the other person is saying. 

Sorry, could you say that again?
Ursäkta, kan du säga det igen?

I’m sorry, but I’m having a hard time hearing you. I think there’s a bad connection.
Jag beklagar, men jag har svårt att höra dig. Jag tror att anslutningen är dålig.

Could you spell your name for me, please? 
Kan du bokstavera ditt namn åt mig är du snäll?

Just to double check… 
Bara för att dubbelkolla…

8. Ending the Phone Call

Whether your call was a success or not, you should aim to leave a good final impression. Here are some ways you can end a conversation over the phone in Swedish: 

Anything else I can help with? 
Något annat jag kan hjälpa till med?

You’ve been very helpful. Thank you. 
Du har varit till stor hjälp. Tack.

See you at ___ on ___.
Vi ses kl ___ på ___.

Have a great day. 
Ha en bra dag.

It’s been a pleasure talking to you.
Det har varit ett nöje att prata med dig.

9. Sample Phone Conversations 

Finally, let’s make sure you know how to use the phrases we covered! Here are two sample Swedish phone conversations, one informal and one formal. 

Informal phone conversation

Two friends are setting up a time to meet for a Swedish fika on a weekend. Here’s a short conversation they’ve had on the phone:

Lars: Hallå.
Mikael: Hallå.

Lars: Hello.
Mikael: Hello.

Lars: Hur mår du?
Mikael: Bra. Jag studerar för en examen. Och du då?

Lars: How are you doing?
Mikael: Good. I’m studying for an exam. How about you?

Lars: Jag mår bra tack. Jag läser en bok.
Mikael: Trevligt. 

Lars: I’m good, thanks. I’m reading a book.
Mikael: Nice.

Lars: Är du i stan under helgen?
Mikael: Ja, har du några planer?

Lars: You’re in town on the weekend?
Mikael: Yes, you have any plans?

Lars: Vill du gå på fika i helgen?
Mikael: Ja, varför inte! När?

Lars: Want to go for fika this weekend?
Mikael: Yeah, why not! When?

Lars: På eftermiddagen.
Mikael: Kan du gå ut klockan 2 på eftermiddagen?

Lars: In the afternoon.
Mikael: Can you go out at two in the afternoon?

Lars: Jag föredrar 3.
Mikael: Låter bra.

Lars: I prefer three.
Mikael: Sounds good.

Lars: Vi ses då.
Mikael: Vi ses då, hejdå!

Lars: See you then.
Mikael: See you then, bye!

Formal phone conversation

After they’ve set the time and place, one of the friends calls the fika café to reserve a table. Here’s the phone conversation he had: 

Lars: God dag!
Receptionist: Fika Kafé Stockholm – God dag!

Lars: Good day!
Receptionist: Fika Kafé Stockholm – Good day!

Lars: Jag skulle vilja boka bord för två.
Receptionist: Visst, vi har slut på bord idag, men du kan boka för imorgon.

Lars: I would like to reserve a table for two.
Receptionist: Sure, we’re out of tables today, but you can make a reservation for tomorrow.

Lars: Jag skulle faktiskt vilja ha ett bord till på lördag.
Receptionist: Visst. Vilken tid?

Lars: Actually, I’d like a table for Saturday.
Receptionist: Sure. What time?

Lars: 3 på eftermiddagen, tack.
Receptionist: Låter bra. Och vad är ditt namn?

Lars: Three in the afternoon, please.
Receptionist: Sounds good. And what’s your name?

Lars: Lars Johansson.
Receptionist: Perfekt, Lars. Vi ses till helgen!

Lars: Lars Johansson.
Receptionist: Perfect, Lars. See you on the weekend!

Lars: Tack, jag ser fram emot det!
Receptionist: Hejdå!

Lars: Thanks, I’m looking forward to that!
Receptionist: Bye!

10. Conclusion

Congratulations for making it this far. 

It’s safe to say that you’re now armed with enough Swedish phone call phrases to take care of your day-to-day business. You won’t have to be all shaky on your next call or worry as much about what to say next. 

Are there any other phone phrases you need to memorize or situations you’d like to learn how to handle? Let us know in the comments! 

As long as you’re conversing with an understanding native speaker, mastering even just a few of the expressions here will be enough to help you get your point across.

But honestly, why not learn even more useful Swedish phrases? You might want to learn how to give directions, talk about the weather (the number-one topic for small talk in Sweden), or even talk about your day in Swedish.

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Learn Swedish Beginner Words: All You Need to Get Started

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Did you know that learning a mere 1000 words covers 85.5% of conversation?

In other words, you just need 1000 words to be considered pretty much fluent in a given language. You’ll only be at a loss about 14.5% of the time. 

Doesn’t that make language learning sound easier?

That’s because it is! But only as long as you’re strategic with your learning

As you set out to learn Swedish beginner words, mastering a small set of 100 to 200 words will take you a long way.

This amount of vocabulary will allow you to engage in more conversations and have more interactions, which will result in more learning and integration.

Sweden being a difficult country to fully integrate into, you probably won’t be able to build any strong relationships with locals unless you speak the language.

The more Swedish you speak, the easier it will be for you to have interactions with locals.

While you might be a long way from fluency, we all start somewhere.

Below, we’ve compiled and categorized 200+ beginner Swedish words that will prove useful as you set out on this language learning journey. 

Without further ado, let’s dig right in.

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  1. Pronouns
  2. Numbers
  3. Nouns
  4. Verbs
  5. Adjectives
  6. Conjunctions
  7. Others
  8. Conclusion

1. Pronouns

The first set of words you should add to your Swedish vocabulary are pronouns. These are the words we use to refer to someone or something without actually saying its name: 

  • Did Sam go to the store? = Did he go to the store? 

Here, we’ll cover three types of pronouns in Swedish: personal, demonstrative, and interrogative. 

Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns are the building blocks of language speaking. It’s really difficult to have conversations without first mastering these, especially the first seven pronouns in the table below.

EnglishSwedish 
Ijag
youdu
hehan
shehon
itden / det
wevi
theyde
memig
himhonom
herhenne
usoss
themdem

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are used to make it clear what you’re referring to. These are pretty easy to memorize and learning them goes a long way.

EnglishSwedish
thisdetta
thatdet 
thesedessa
thosede

Interrogative Pronouns / Question Words

Interrogative pronouns, a.k.a the “Five Ws,” are paramount when it comes to asking questions. You’ll improve your responses in conversations drastically after you learn these, as they’ll enable you to ask for more details and extend your conversations.

EnglishSwedish
whovem
whomvem
whosevars
whatvad
whichvilken / vilka

In a similar vein, you should also make sure to learn interrogative adverbs: 

English Swedish 
whennär
wherevar
whyvarför
howhur

2. Numbers

Numbers on a Board

Learning the first ten digits is crucial. This will allow you to understand the rest of the numbers much more easily, so definitely take the time to rehearse and learn these.

NumbersEnglish Swedish 
0zeronoll
1oneett
2twotvå
3threetre
4fourfyra
5fivefem
6sixsex
7sevensju
8eight åtta
9ninenio
10tentio

3. Nouns

Nouns are another essential component of spoken Swedish for beginners to learn. When used together with verbs, they form a complete thought—you can also use them by themselves in a pinch to express an urgent point! 

Time

Time is king, whether you’re in Sweden or elsewhere. Learning to express time will come in handy for daily conversations. Below are some time-related beginner words to get you started. 

English Swedish 
hour timme
minuteminut
morningmorgon
afternooneftermiddag
eveningkväll
daydag
monthmånad
yearår
Mondaymåndag
Tuesdaytisdag
Wednesdayonsdag
Thursdaytorsdag
Fridayfredag
Saturdaylördag
Sundaysöndag

People

Learning a few people-related words will help you get by in your daily interactions. You never know when you’ll want to ask where the nearest butcher is, or when you’ll need someone to call a doctor. 

English Swedish 
butcherslaktare
hostvärd
police officerpolis
doctordoktor
nursesjuksköterska
firefighterbrandman
teacherlärare
fatherfar
mothermor
sistersyster
brotherbror
Mr.herr
Ms.fru

Places Around Town

The Coastal Town of Chalkida in Greece

When roaming around Sweden, you’ll find it much easier to navigate when you know the names of the main places around town. This will be especially useful for using public transportation.

EnglishSwedish 
hospitalsjukhus
supermarketstormarknad
schoolskola
downtowncentrum
universityuniversitet
city hallkommunhus
main squarestortorget
bankbank
museummuseum
restaurantrestaurang
cafékafé
police stationpolisstation
train stationtågstation
bus stationbusstation

School/Office Essentials

Do you happen to study or work in Sweden? Then learning the names of your school and office essentials will help you feel more settled in your environment! 

EnglishSwedish 
penpenna
notebookanteckningsbok
computerdator
pencil casepennfodral
headphoneshörlurar
mousemus
keyboardtangentbord
wifiwifi
chargerladdare
cablekabel
backpackryggsäck
deskskrivbord
copybookskrivhäfte

Body Parts

EnglishSwedish 
eyeöga
nosenäsa
earöra
faceansikte
armarm
chestbröst
cheekkind
foreheadpanna
mouthmun
chinhaka
armpitarmhåla
abdomenbuk
legben
toe
fingerfinger
anklefotled
hiphöft
forearmunderarm
elbowarmbåge
wristhandled

Food

Grocery Shopping List

Swedes have a diverse cuisine as well as a very dairy- and protein-centered diet, hence their tall builds. Here’s a list of common food names in Swedish: 

EnglishSwedish 
ٍٍvegetablesgrönsaker
fruitfrukt
meatkött
milkmjölk
eggägg
coffeekaffe
yogurtyoghurt
breadbröd
baconbacon
piepaj
hamskinka
chickenkyckling
juicejuice
sausagekorv

4. Verbs

Verbs are the words we use to describe actions and states of being. Considering their vital role in language, you should make sure to memorize as many basic Swedish verbs as possible right from the start. 

Daily Routine Verbs

If you like to keep a journal, writing a few sentences about your day in Swedish can go a long way in terms of staying consistent with your studies. 

English Swedish 
to get upatt gå upp
to eatatt äta
to drinkatt dricka
to goatt gå
to workatt arbeta
to studyatt studera
to driveatt köra
to rideatt rida
to sleepatt sova
to wake upatt vakna
to hangatt hänga
to do laundryatt tvätta
to restatt vila
to work outatt träna
to go outatt gå ut
to prepareatt förbereda
to cookatt laga mat
to clean att städa
to washatt tvätta
to tidy upatt plocka i ordning
to connectatt ansluta
to communicateatt kommunicera
to wearatt ha på sig
to take (something) offatt ta av
to grabatt greppa
to mixatt blanda
to holdatt hålla
to freezeatt frysa
to changeatt ändra
to moveatt flytta

Other Common Verbs

Below are a few more frequently used verbs…

English Swedish
to giveatt ge
to getatt få
to doatt göra
to makeatt göra
to letatt låta
to askatt be
to smileatt le
to findatt hitta
to useatt använda
to takeatt ta
to comeatt komma
to lookatt titta
to hearatt höra
to smellatt lukta
to talkatt prata
to exitatt lämna
to callatt ringa 
to feelatt känna
to answeratt svara
to laughatt skratta
to cryatt gråta
to stealatt stjäla
to runatt springa
to walkatt gå
to meetatt träffa
to createatt skapa
to finishatt avsluta

5. Adjectives

Reinforcing your Swedish beginner vocabulary with a few essential adjectives can make all the difference in your conversations and writing. These words are used to describe the world around us, and they can add extra meaning to our self-expression. 

Describing Objects

EnglishSwedish 
bigstor
smallliten
longlång
shortkort
smoothslät
roughgrov

Describing People

English Swedish
prettysöt
handsomestilig
disgustingmotbjudande
sociablesällskaplig
funnyrolig
quirkyknasig
beautifulvacker
lovelyhärlig
caringomtänksam
selflessosjälvisk
arrogantarrogant
humbleödmjuk
courageousmodig
weaksvag
strongstark

Describing Emotions

Bored Young Girl
English Swedish 
happyglad
sadledsen
joyfulfröjdefull
angryarg
depresseddeprimerad
anxiousorolig
stressed outstressad
cheerfulmunter

Describing Weather

EnglishSwedish 
rainyregnigt
wetvått
humidfuktigt
drytorrt
sunnysoligt
foggydimmigt
windyblåsigt
stormystormigt
breezyblåsigt
windlessstiltje
calmlugnt

6. Conjunctions

English Swedish 
and och
butmen
thensedan
becauseeftersom
so

7. Others

Filler words are pretty much the most native-sounding words you can learn. Below are five examples you can use.

English Swedish 
ohöhm / öh
yesja
uh / ehehm / eh
therefore / thusasså / alltså
whatva

8. Conclusion

Well done, you’re now 200 words in and just 800 words away from fluency. How many of these words did you know already? Were most of them new to you? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments!

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Swedish Filler Words: How to Talk Like a Swede

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It’s human nature to want to look as close to perfect as possible.

We want to buy the best clothes, the best makeup, the best food, or anything in-between. 

We only publish our most perfect pictures on social media. We delete the pictures or posts that people didn’t react enough to (or positively to).

We even try to talk as perfectly as possible. We want to sound accurate and trustworthy all the time.

And that’s where we fall for the big trap:

Filler words.

Today we’ll be talking about common Swedish filler words, whether you should use them, and how to do so appropriately when the situation calls for it.

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  1. What are filler words and why do we use them?
  2. Swedish Filler Words: How to Talk Like a Swede
  3. Pros and Cons of Filler Words
  4. Conclusion

1. What are filler words and why do we use them?

A Definition in a Dictionary

A- What are filler words?

Filler words are the uh’s and um’s in our conversations. They’re the words we use during a pause in order to sound less awkward and make understanding easier for those listening. 

Heck, we even use filler words when sending work emails. 

Expressions like “I think,” “in my opinion,” “just,” “highly,” and many more are all examples of fillers we use in our texts. Think about it: Do they really contribute to the meaning of our message?

While the words themselves may have meaning in other contexts, they do not convey these meanings when used as fillers. 

In many cultures, some filler words are deemed as annoying despite being popularly used. Take the good old “innit” in British English. A detailed study by Mortar Research for gweek revealed that 47 percent of Brits find the “isn’t it” abbreviation annoying, and this attitude extends to other popular conversation fillers such as “like” and “basically.”

B- Why do we use them?

Question Mark Balloon

Despite Swedes being deemed as cold and avoidant of small talk, they frequently use filler words in their speech for many reasons.

They want to be polite.

Man Taking Hat Off to Show Respect

Imagine asking someone out for a date tomorrow night and they just hit you with a blatant “no.” That would sound pretty rude, wouldn’t it? 

That’s one situation where conversation fillers come in. Think about how much more polite it would be if they said something like: “Um, well, you know, I kind of have some plans for tomorrow night.”

They want you to understand.

Man Ordering from Menu

Have you ever noticed how presidents talk slowly in international conventions and gatherings? 

That’s because there are translators in the background, and the speakers want to give them enough time to interpret what they’re saying into another language. It’s not surprising to hear filler words continuously in these situations.

Another context where this may happen is when you’re explaining something to someone and you’re not sure whether they understand. 

You make the job easier for both parties by talking slower, and throwing in a few filler words here and there makes it sound more natural.

They want to be believed.

Hand on Holy Book

No one wants you to think they’re lying (especially when they actually are!). Using filler words is a great technique people use to mask their lies. 

While you should always take what you hear with a grain of salt, this is especially true if you notice the speaker overusing fillers while discussing something that should be straightforward.

Picture how children let go of a long “uhhh” every time they’re caught doing something they’re not supposed to do. 

2. Swedish Filler Words: How to Talk Like a Swede

Now that you know more about filler words in general, it’s time for you to study the most frequently used Swedish conversation fillers! We’ve included two examples with each word so that you can see it used in context. 

Öhm / Öh
Oh

Example #1

Öh, vad gör du här då?

Oh, what are you doing here then?

Example #2

Öh, varför är de så lata?

Oh, why are they so lazy?

Ja 

Yes

Example #1

Ja, jag förstår vad du menar.

Yes, I see what you mean.

Example #2

Jag förstår din kamp, ja.

I understand your struggle, yes.

Ehm / Eh 

Uh / Eh

Example #1

Ehm, jag tror inte att jag kan göra det.

Eh, I don’t think I can do that.

Example #2

Ehm, jag tror inte att vi har råd med det priset.

Eh, I don’t think we can afford that price.

Asså / Alltså 

Therefore / Thus

Asså or alltså can also mean “so,” but no English translation is totally correct. With continuous use and exposure, you’ll become familiar with how they’re used.

Example #1

Alltså titta på havet, gudomligt snyggt.

So look at the sea, divinely beautiful.

Example #2

Asså jag kan inte gå på universitet idag.

Thus, I cannot go to university today.

Va 

What

This is used to mean “excuse me” or “what” when the speaker is surprised or asking for clarification.

Example #1

Va? Jag hörde inte vad du sa.

What? I didn’t hear what you said.

Example #2

Va? Varför avbröt de vårt program?

What? Why did they cancel our program?

Liksom / Typ 

Like

You’re probably familiar with the excessively used “like” in English-speaking countries. Liksom and typ are similar to that. Liksom is mostly used in Stockholm and less in other regions.

Example #1

Det där var inte gott liksom.

That was not, like, good.

Example #2

Men, liksom, vad gör du här?

But, like, what are you doing here?

Precis 

Precisely

Example #1

Precis. Det tar dem mer tid att göra samma uppgift för samma pris.

Precisely. It takes them more time to do the same task for the same price.

Example #2

Precis. Den sista föreläsningen var bättre.

Precisely. The last lecture was better.

Okej 

Okay

Example #1

Okej, jag tycker att din presentation är intressant.

Okay, I find your presentation interesting.

Example #2

Okej, låt oss prata om ditt projekt.

Okay, let’s talk about your project.

Eller hur

Right

Example #1

Han är korkad, eller hur?

He’s stupid, right? 

Example #2

Vi besöker Tyskland i sommar, eller hur?

We’re visiting Germany this summer, right?

Absolut 

Absolutely

This Swedish filler is used similarly to precis or exakt

Example #1

De har absolut ingen aning om Sverige.

They have absolutely no idea about Sweden.

Example #2

Du har absolut ingen aning om de ansträngningar vi gör för att organisera detta.

You have absolutely no idea about the efforts we make to organize this.

3. Pros and Cons of Filler Words

Most of us don’t take filler words seriously (if we even think about them at all). But their subconscious effects make it important to pay more attention to them and their role in conversation. 

Filler words affect us by contributing to the impressions people have about us. 

To leverage filler words to your advantage, knowing the pros and cons of using them is a great start.

A- Pros 

You sound more natural.

In a foreign culture, the most crucial issue for expats or immigrants is integration—and this is probably the biggest problem immigrants face in Sweden.

Even if you speak good Swedish and are open to learning, you might find yourself struggling to befriend locals.

Filler words can contribute to breaking that barrier while lending a more natural feel to your conversations in Swedish. 

Add to that some Swedish slang practice and you have a pretty good chance of getting invited to your first fika.

You sound friendlier.

Woman Giving a Thumbs-up

Especially when you’re a foreigner in another country, you want to appear as friendly as possible when asking for directions, making small talk, or talking to strangers for any reason.

A great hack to achieve that is using filler words. That familiarity and spontaneity vibe creates comfort and attracts people to you.

Still, filler words aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. Here are some of the cons of using fillers in Swedish.

B- Cons 

You’re considered hesitant.

Going for a job interview, speaking at a conference, or going to a professional meeting? Leaving filler words at the door would be your best bet if you don’t want to come off as hesitant.

It’s hard to sell, teach, or even just communicate your ideas to people when they find you hesitant and unsure about what you’re talking about.

You’re perceived as having low self-confidence.

Confident Woman

Having low self-confidence, even in normal day-to-day life, affects how people interact with you. 

People tend to respect those with great self-confidence, and excessive use of filler words doesn’t make that impression.

C- How to Substitute Filler Words

Not sure what to replace filler words with?

Shhhh.

You guessed it: Silence.

When you have nothing to say, simply say nothing. Use that in-between time to think of your next sentence. 

Staying silent might feel distracting at first, but it can start to feel normal with practice. You can train yourself to do this by tapping yourself on the leg whenever you hear yourself using a filler word.

4. Conclusion

Congratulations. You now know more about Swedish fillers than probably most learners out there. Which of these filler words did you like the most? And which filler words do you use most in your own language?

You now have a huge leg-up over other foreigners competing to integrate and get Swedes’ attention.

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Impress Your Date: Phrases to Express Your Love in Swedish

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If you google “dating in Sweden,” you’ll get loads of negative results and failure stories:

“Swedes have no dating culture.”
“Swedes just hang out and never date.”
“Swedes stay in their circles.”

Considering the nation’s strong emphasis on gender equality, Swedish women tend to be less dependent on men compared to women in some other countries. In addition, government-supported childcare makes it easier for mothers to be self-dependent.

But that doesn’t mean romance is dead! In fact, Swedes are very warm and loyal once you’ve developed a bond with them. Learning how to express your love in Swedish will greatly benefit you, whether you’re fetching for something long-term (like marriage) or pining for a more short-term, no-strings-attached arrangement. Sweden is actually the perfect place to land a casual relationship, as this is what most Swedes are looking for. 

One of the best ways to win a Swede’s affection is to make an effort to learn their language, even if it’s only a few words and phrases. After all: 

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

See a pattern there? 

Big effort for a big reward.

In this blog post, we’ll be covering the best expressions for picking up your Swede, dating them, or even getting married—not to mention everything in-between.

While most Swedes speak fluent English, it’s good to spice things up with some Swedish to show your partner how interested you really are. 

Without further ado, here are your 30+ Swedish love phrases.

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  1. Confess Your Affection: Pick-up Lines and More
  2. Fall in Deeper: “I Love You,” and More
  3. Take it One Step Further: “Will You Marry Me?” and More
  4. Endearment Terms
  5. Must-know Love Quotes
  6. Conclusion

1. Confess Your Affection: Pick-up Lines and More

A Couple Holding Hands and Smiling

All great things come from small beginnings. This means that your initial interaction needs skillful execution—no matter how small a gesture or phrase you use. And what’s a better execution than surprising your future date with some Swedish skills?

Before we get into the expressions below, it’s worth noting a few things about the dating culture in Sweden

Swedes are very outdoorsy people. As they like to say: Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder. / “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” 

So you should expect your dates to take place somewhere like a bokskogen (beech tree forest) or by the seaside! It’s probably not going to be a boring date, especially if you bring some charcoal with you for a quick BBQ on one of the free park fire pits.

Alternatively, you might go for the typical Swedish snack break en fika to get coffee and a pastry. This should be your go-to option for a first date, especially if you haven’t met the person before.

It’s worth noting that after your first date, you’re expected to be exclusive. So, no dating around until you and your Swede decide to part ways.

Now that you have a good idea of how things work in Sweden, here are seven expressions to ask your Swede out. 

  • Do you want to go out on a date with me?
    Vill du gå på dejt med mig?

Swedes rarely make the first move, so you’ll probably have to do that for them. With Sweden being one of the best countries for gender equality, there are no unspoken gender roles. As such, you’ll likely be expected to make the first move even if you’re a woman.

  • Will you be my valentine? 
    Vill du bli min valentine?

Until recently, Valentine’s Day was largely overlooked in Sweden. But it’s continuously flourishing and becoming more important to the younger generation.

A fun fact is that Swedes have a unique name for Valentine’s Day. They call it alla hjärtans dag, which literally translates to “all hearts day.” It’s worth noting that Swedes pronounce the word “valentine” just as it’s pronounced in English. 

  • You mean so much to me.
    Du betyder så mycket för mig.

This sentence is great for affirming your appreciation for your partner, and it sends a clear sign of interest. You can use this sentence while hanging out or texting before you ask for a date.

  • I think of you as more than a friend. 
    Jag ser dig som mer än en vän.

Stuck in the friendzone and not sure how to get out? Text this sentence and see how far things will go. Worst case scenario is you’ll impress your desired date with your Swedish skills, even if they don’t feel the same way. 

  • I’ve got a crush on you. 
    Jag är förtjust i dig.

Looking for a crush confession text? Drop this phrase in your conversation and keep your fingers crossed. 

  • You’re so beautiful. 
    Du är så vacker.

Loving those Swedish features of your female date? You might wanna let her know before asking her out. 

  • You’re so handsome.
    Du är så snygg.

If you want your desired male date to know you’re into him, you might want to impress him with some Swedish and hope he asks you out!

2. Fall in Deeper: “I Love You,” and More

A Man Holding a Heart Pillow in Grass

Swedes like to take things very slow. So falling in deeper may take more time than it’d normally take elsewhere. The following love phrases in Swedish might work wonders, but be sure to use them at the right moments and to not rush things.

I love you.
Jag älskar dig.

Words can’t describe my love for you. 
Ord kan inte beskriva min kärlek till dig.

If I know what love is, it is because of you.
Om jag vet vad kärlek är, då är det tack vare dig.

You mean so much to me.
Du betyder så mycket för mig.

You are my sunshine, my love.
Du är mitt solsken, min älskling.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you. 
Hundra hjärtan skulle vara för få för att bära all min kärlek till dig.

3. Take it One Step Further: “Will You Marry Me?” and More

Bouquet of Flowers

Let’s talk about marriage in Sweden.

Sweden is one of those places where people stay together and have children without ever getting married. Some Swedes find marriage to be unnecessary and out-dated, but that doesn’t mean that long-term relationships aren’t happening. 

But there are exceptions to every rule. If you’re dating a Swede, chances are they’d be more open to marriage and accepting of how you do things…

Will you marry me? 
Vill du gifta dig med mig?

I want to be with you forever. 
Jag vill vara tillsammans med dig för alltid.

We were meant to be together. 
Vi var menade att vara tillsammans.

I can’t imagine my life without you in it.
Jag kan inte tänka mig ett liv utan dig.

You are the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life. 
Du är den jag har väntat på hela mitt liv.

4. Endearment Terms

Intimate Couple Holding Hands

After you’ve established a relationship with your Swede, the perfect addition would be to start using a Swedish term of endearment to constantly remind your partner of what they mean to you. Here are six of the best Swedish endearment terms.

Love
Älskling

Dearie 
Raring

Dearest 
Käraste

My heart
Hjärtat

My all 
Mitt allt

Hottie  
Snygging

5. Must-know Love Quotes

Man and Woman on a Bike

After establishing a relationship, it may be worth getting a bit creative with how you express your love. And what better way to do so than by throwing in a few love quotes every now and then? Here are seven love quotes in Swedish to get you started.

“Love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it.”
“Kärleken är som vinden, du kan inte se den, men du kan känna den.”

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved is everything.”
“Att älska är ingenting. Att vara älskad är något. Men att älska och att vara älskad är allt.”

“Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.” 
“Kärlek börjar med ett leende, växer med en kyss och slutar med en tår.”

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” 
“Vi accepterar den kärlek vi tror vi förtjänar.”

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” 
“Ett kärleksfullt hjärta är den sannaste visdomen.”

“All you need is love.” 
“Allt du behöver är kärlek.”

“The best feeling is when you look at him and he is already staring.”
“Den bästa känslan är när du tittar på honom och han redan ser på dig.”

6. Conclusion

Congratulations on getting this far. I’d assume that you’re pretty serious about improving your Swedish skills, and that makes your odds of meeting an amazing Swede even higher.

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Negation in Swedish: Learn How to Say No

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When learning a foreign language, it’s essential to have a lot of energy and positivity. After all, these are the qualities that will allow you to keep your spirits and your motivation up, and that will play a major role in reaching your language learning goals. 

This is why we would love to always be able to say yes!

But to master Swedish, you’ll also need to learn how to form negative sentences. Don’t worry, though, they’re only negative from a grammatical point of view. You can keep the positive vibe. 😉

In this article, you’ll learn about negation in Swedish: how to make a negative sentence, how to answer a yes-or-no question correctly, and how to use other useful negative expressions. 

We get it, saying no isn’t easy, especially for us people-pleasers…but it will be (at least from a language-learning perspective) after you finish reading this guide on Swedish negatives.

So, let’s waste no more time. Ready to start looking at how to say no and form negative sentences in Swedish?

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  1. Negative Sentences
  2. How to Give a Negative Answer to a Question
  3. Other Negative Words
  4. How Our Website Can Help

1. Negative Sentences

Negative sentences are those that state that something did not happen or is not true, or in the case of imperatives, they tell someone not to do something. In the English language, for example, we form negative sentences by adding the word “not” after an auxiliary verb (do, have, be, etc.).

  • Dave is not happy. 
  • We did not go to work today. 

Negations and negative expressions are a key component of any language. Imagine not being able to transform a positive sentence into a negative one…everyday life would get pretty interesting (and not in a good way!).

To avoid misunderstandings or other undesirable situations, it’s essential to learn how to build negative sentences in Swedish. Don’t worry, though, it’s actually quite easy and there are just a few rules you’ll need to remember.

A Family Doing Snow Activities During Winter Vacation

We did not go to work today.

Inte

The main word we use to make a positive sentence negative in Swedish is inte, which is a rough equivalent of the English word “not.”

Therefore, to make a positive sentence negative, we just need to insert the word inte. Easy enough, right? 

  • Jag studerar svenska. (I am studying Swedish.)
    Jag studerar inte svenska. (I am not studying Swedish.)
  • Han är här. (He is here.)
    Han är inte här. (He is not here.)

This construction is very simple and easy to use, don’t you think?

The only thing to take into account is where to put inte, so let’s see. 

Where to put inte in a sentence

As you could probably discern from the examples above, in a basic present-tense sentence, inte goes after the subject and the verb: 

  • Jag talar. (I speak.)
    Jag talar inte. (I don’t speak.)
  • Han skriver. (He writes.)
    Han skriver inte. (He doesn’t write.)
  • Vi ler. (We smile.)
    Vi ler inte. (We don’t smile.)

In compound tenses, however, which are tenses that have an auxiliary or helping verb as well as a main verb (like “I have been” in English), inte goes between the auxiliary and the main verb. Have a look at the following examples:

  • Jag har studerat svenska. (I have studied Swedish.)
    Jag har inte studerat svenska. (I have not studied Swedish.)
  • Jag har läst boken. (I have read the book.)
    Jag har inte läst boken. (I have not read the book.)
  • Hon hade öppnat dörren. (She had opened the door.)
    Hon hade inte öppnat dörren. (She had not opened the door.)

If the word order is reversed, for example in a question, inte will go after the main subject of the verb:

  • Gör han det? (Is he doing that?)
    Gör han inte det? (Isn’t he doing that?)
  • Har han gjort det? (Has he done that?)
    Har han inte gjort det? (Has he not done that?)

2. How to Give a Negative Answer to a Question

In general, questions can be divided into two groups: open-ended questions and closed-ended questions. A closed-ended question is usually one you can answer with a “yes” or “no,” without having to give any explanation. 

Let’s see how to answer these.

Chocolate Truffles

Do you like candy?

In English, we say: “Yes, I do,” or “No, I don’t.” After that, you’re free to give an explanation if you would like.

Logically, to respond to a yes-or-no question in Swedish (ja/nej-fråga), we also start with a yes (ja) or a no (nej). 

As in English, many students learn to answer this type of question by simply repeating the words in the question:

  • Gillar du godis? (Do you like candy?)
    Ja, jag gillar godis. (Yes, I like candy.)
    Nej, jag gillar inte godis. (No, I do not like candy.)

As you progress in your learning, however, this might become boring and repetitive—and let’s be honest, no native speaker uses this structure!

Det in Swedish

So, to be more natural, you could learn how to use the word det. It’s quite simple: Just place det after your ja or nej, add a verb, add a subject (and, if it’s a negative answer, inte). This will sound in Swedish like the English “Yes, I do,” or “No, I don’t.”

  • Har du en hund? (Do you have a dog?)
    Ja det har jag. (Yes, I do.)
  • Är du full? (Are you drunk?)
    Nej det är jag inte. (No, I am not.)

Pretty easy, right? It doesn’t end here, though. With the verbs är and har in the question, we can just reuse the same verb in the answer. But these are exceptions. With the majority of other verbs, when we respond, we’ll have to replace the verb used in the question with the verb göra (to do) and maintain the same structure with det:

  • Känner du honom? (Do you know him?)
    Ja, det gör jag. (Yes, I do.)
  • Kör du bil? (Do you drive?)
    Nej, det gör jag inte. (No, I do not.)

3. Other Negative Words

Of course, knowing how to use inte in all types of sentences is a good start, but there’s a lot more to learn about Swedish negation. 

Let’s see the most commonly used negative expressions in Swedish and how to use them with some example sentences. 

No / Nej

This simply means “no” and, as we just saw, can be used as a negative answer.

  • Nej, jag har inga pengar med mig. (No, I have no money with me.)

A Woman Trying to Find Money in Her Money Purse

No, I have no money with me.

Nothing / Ingenting

  • Jag gör ingenting. (I’m doing nothing.)

Sometimes, you’ll also find the word inget translated as “nothing.”

Not yet / Inte än

This expression also exists in the forms inte ännu and ännu inte. All three are correct. The word order to use with these is simple: inte (x) än, inte (x) ännu, and ännu inte (x).

  • Klockan är inte fem än. (It’s not five yet.)
  • Klockan är inte fem ännu. (It’s not five yet.)

No one / Ingen

Ingen can be used to say “no,” as in: 

  • Jag har ingen bil. (I have no car.)

Or as a pronoun that means “no one,” “nobody,” or “none.”

  • Ingen har någonsin sprungit 100 meter på under nio sekunder! (No one has ever run 100 meters in under nine seconds!)

The form inget, which is neuter, can also be used in the same way to talk about inanimate objects.

Never / Aldrig

  • Jag har aldrig sett det förr. (I’ve never seen that before.)
  • Mauro ljuger aldrig. (Mauro never lies.)

As you can see in the examples above, this word behaves like inte when it comes to word order. It goes after the verb in simple sentences, and in between the auxiliary and main verb when using compound verbs.

An Old Man Shrugging His Shoulders

I don’t know!

And, before we wrap up, here are some more negative sentences you might find useful if you’re learning Swedish! Don’t be scared of using them whenever you need them. 

  • We do not understand.
    Vi förstår inte.
  • I can’t remember the word.
    Jag kan inte komma ihåg ordet.
  • No problem!
    Inga problem!
  • Don’t worry!
    Oroa dig inte!
  • I don’t know!
    Jag vet inte!
  • I’m not fluent in Swedish yet.
    Jag pratar inte flytande svenska ännu.
  • I do not speak Swedish.
    Jag pratar inte svenska.

4. How Our Website Can Help

If you’re interested in learning more Swedish grammar and vocab, check out all the great content available on SwedishPod101.com. Here, you’ll have access to all the resources you need to make your language-learning adventure as interesting and motivating as possible. 

You’ll be able to: improve your listening skills with podcasts and audio lessons; work on gradually building your vocabulary with word lists, dictionaries, and phrasebooks; and learn great strategies from language experts on how to best approach the study of the Swedish language.

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We surely hope that you’ll be able to say yes to all the invitations and opportunities you’ll encounter… But, well, at least now you can negate sentences and say “no” correctly and politely in Swedish, just in case. 

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Before you go, we would love to hear from you. Do you feel confident in your ability to use negation in Swedish, or do you still have questions or concerns? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll get back to you!

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Verb Tenses in Swedish: All You Need to Know

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Ever thought to yourself: What is a verb? 

In addition to nouns, verbs are one of the most important parts of any sentence. They are the words we use to talk about actions (sjunga – sing), states of being (existera – exist), or occurrences (utveckla – develop), and they have to agree with the subject, which is who or what performs the action described. 

Basically, all sentences need a verb to be complete, and this is why it’s so important to get them right when studying a foreign language! 

Gothenburg in Sweden

Verbs and tenses in Swedish are actually not as complicated to learn as those of other languages—and in this article, you’ll find out why. We’ll look at how to form the main tenses in Swedish and discuss when to use each one; by the end, you’ll be able to use Swedish verbs with no problems!

This lesson is not going to be complicated or grammar-heavy at all, and we’ll explain each concept thoroughly so that you can easily grasp them and put them to good use throughout your Swedish language-learning journey.

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  1. The Use of Tenses in Swedish
  2. Presens
  3. Past
  4. I futurum
  5. Hjälpverb
  6. Swedish Tenses: A Summary

1. The Use of Tenses in Swedish

Verb tenses are used to express when an action takes place. As you know, there are three main concepts involved here: the present, the past, and the future

In Swedish, there are five main tenses: one to express events in the present, three for the past (the past perfect, the past imperfect, the pluperfect), and different ways to express actions and occurrences that have not yet happened in the future.

Let’s have a look at these Swedish-language tenses in detail.

A Timer against a White Background

2. Presens 

The present tense (presens in Swedish) is used to talk about events that are happening at the moment of speaking, routines, and events in the near future. In Swedish, there’s only one present tense form, which corresponds to both the simple present (I eat) and the present continuous (I am eating) in English.

The Swedish present tense is formed by taking the stem of the verb (which is also the imperative form) and adding -r to it: 

  • tala (speak)
    STEM: tala 
    PRESENT: talar 

If the stem of the verb ends in a consonant, then we add -er to it: 

  • stänga (close)
    STEM: stäng 
    PRESENT: stänger 

There is no extra -r after stems that end in -r:

  • lära (learn)
    STEM: lär 
    PRESENT: lär

Note that Swedish verbs only have one ending, which remains the same for all personal pronouns: Regardless of whether the subject is jag (I), hon (she), or de (they), the ending remains -r!

Personal PronounTala (Speak)Stänga (Close)
Jag (I)talarstänger
Du (You) [s]talarstänger
Han / Hon (He / She)talarstänger
Vi (We)talarstänger
Ni (You) [p]talarstänger
De (They)talarstänger

3. Past

There are three Swedish past tenses: the preteritum (past imperfect), the perfekt (present perfect), and the pluskvamperfekt (past perfect). Let’s have a look at when to use each one and how to form them!

A- Preteritum

The preterite (or imperfect) tense is used to talk about an event that happened in the past and is now over. 

Often, but not always, Swedes specify this by using an expression of time: igår (yesterday), förra veckan (last week), under 1702 (in 1702), på 1600-talet (in the seventeenth century), etc. 

Let’s learn the rules for forming the preterite (remember, Swedish verbs take the same ending for each person/subject):

  • For stems (imperatives) that end in a vowel or in most consonants, we just need to add a -de. Imperative + -de = Preteritum. If the stem ends with double -nn or -mm, we remove one and add -de (e.g. känna – feel).

Sluta → Slutade (Stop Stopped)
Krama → Kramade (Hug Hugged)
Stanna → Stannade (Stay Stayed)
Ring → Ringde (Call Called)
Känn → Kände (Feel Felt)
Följ → Följde (Follow Followed)

  • If the stem ends in a k, p, s, or t, we add a -te instead of a -de.
    Imperative + -te = Preteritum.

Tänk → Tänkte (Think Thought)
Köp → Köpte (Buy Bought)
Läs → Läste (Read Read)
Byt → Bytte (Change Changed)

  • With short verbs, we add -dde. For example: Imperative + -dde = Preteritum.

Tro → Trodde (Believe Believed)
Bo → Bodde (Live Lived)
Klä → Klädde (Dress Dressed)

  • And finally, there are irregular verbs. At least you’ll only have to remember one form!  

Exceptions:

Skriv → Skrev (Write Wrote)
Drick → Drack (Drink Drank)
Var → Var (Be Was)
Gör → Gjorde (Do Did)Ha → Hade (Have Had)

A Man on His Laptop on the Bus

To write

B- Perfekt 

In Swedish, the present perfect tense is similar to its English equivalent. It’s used to talk about actions and events that started sometime in the past and might or might not still be happening now.  

With this tense, we can use an expression of time that does not refer to a specific moment in the past—redan (already), tidigare (earlier), nyss (recently)—or one that refers to a time that isn’t over yet, like i dag (today), den här veckan (this week), or i år (this year).

This tense consists of two parts: the verb har (have) and the past participle of the verb you’re using. 

To form the past participle, just add a -t to the verb stem (imperative form).

For example:

Sluta → Slutat (Stop Stopped)
Krama → Kramat (Hug Hugged)
Stanna → Stannat (Stay Stayed)
Ring → Ringt (Call Called)

Of course, there are irregular verbs that you’ll have to learn by heart (just as there are in English!).

Once you have the past participle, you can form the perfect tense with the verb har:

  • Jag har talat…
    I have spoken… 
  • Du har slutat…
    You have stopped…

C- Pluskvamperfekt 

This tense is used to talk about an action that was completed before another event or action in the past, just like the past perfect in English: He had gone when I arrived.

To form it, we simply take the past participle of the verb and add the past tense form of the verb har: hade (to have, had). 

  • Jag hade talat…
    I had spoken… 
  • Du hade slutat…
    You had stopped…

Have a look at the table below, where you’ll find examples of the perfekt and pluskvamperfekt.

Personal PronounPresent Perfect: Har Past Perfect: HadeTala (To speak)
Jag (I)harhadetalat
Du (You) [s]harhadetalat
Han / Hon (He / She)harhadetalat
Vi (We)harhadetalat
Ni (You) [p]harhadetalat
De (They)harhadetalat

A Woman Speaking in Front of People

I had spoken.

4. I futurum

As we already mentioned, it’s quite common to use the present tense (usually together with an expression of time indicating the future) to talk about future actions or events.

That said, there are also other ways of expressing it: 

  • tänker (implies the intention of the subject) + INFINITIVE

    Vi tänker flyga hem.
    We’re intending to fly home.
  • ska (implies a stronger intention of the subject or someone else) + INFINITIVE

    Jag ska resa till Amerika i höst.
    I’m going to America in the fall.
  • kommer att (used for prediction, no intention implied) + INFINITIVE

    Du kommer att tycka om min vän.
    You will like my friend.

5. Hjälpverb

Auxiliary verbs, or “helping verbs,” are used a lot in the Swedish language. They “help” the main verb describe an action or a state in a particular aspect. In English, the main auxiliary verbs are “to be,” “to do,” and “to have,” but there are also “will,” “shall,” “can,” etc. 

In Swedish, these verbs are often irregular, so here’s a table with their conjugations!

 InfinitivImperativPresensPreterirumSupinum
 INFINITIVEIMPERATIVEPRESENTPAST TENSEPAST PARTICIPLE
OUGHT TOAtt böra. . .BörBordeBort
MAYAtt få. . .FårFickFått
HAVEAtt ha. . .HarHadeHaft
CANAtt kunna. . . KanKundeKunnat
WILL, SHALLAtt skola. . .SkaSkulleSkolat
WILL, WANTAtt vilja. . .VillVilleVelat
MUST. . .. . .MåsteMåste. . .
NEED Att behövaBehövBehöverBehövdeBehövt
USED TOAtt brukaBrukaBrukarBrukadeBrukat
STARTAtt börjaBörjaBörjarBörjadeBörjat

Remember, these verbs are used with the infinitive form of the main verb:

  • Jag kan tala.
    I can speak.
  • Hon ska tala.            
    She will speak.
  • Han vill inte tala.      
    He does not want to speak. 
  • Vi behöver tala.       
    We need to speak.

A Couple Talking about Something Serious

We need to speak.

6. Swedish Tenses: A Summary

We hope that this short article was of help to you in gaining some insight into Swedish tenses and how to use them to talk about the past, present, and future!

As we’ve seen, learning how to use verbs and verb tenses in Swedish is actually quite simple! All you need to learn is one ending for all personal pronouns…and some irregular verbs! Not too complicated, after all!

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So what are you waiting for? Start learning and practicing Swedish with us, and you’ll start to improve every day until you’ve mastered the use of Swedish verbs and tenses! 

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How Long Will it Take to Learn Swedish?

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Learning to understand, speak, and think in a different language is an amazing and fulfilling process. When we learn a foreign language, not only do we add a new skill to our repertoire, but we also change the very way we see and think about the world and our relationship to it. 

If you’re considering taking up Swedish, you’ve likely asked these questions at some point: How long will it take to learn Swedish? And is it worth the commitment?

We’ll get to the first question in a bit. As for the second question: Absolutely! 

Did you know, for example, that if you learn Swedish you’ll also be able to understand Norwegian and Danish? This will open up the whole Scandinavian world to you! Three languages for the price of one! 

Language lovers would all like to spend endless days learning Swedish and all its nuances… But, nowadays, time is money and the reality of our world can be quite different.

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We all instinctively look for the fastest and easiest ways to learn, so that we can start practicing and using our new skills early on to find a better job, travel, or communicate with a friend or loved one.  

It would be great if we could know, right from the start, exactly how long it takes to learn a language. This way, we would be able to make long-term plans and know what to expect. However, the reality is that there isn’t one best way to learn and there’s certainly no set timetable for learning Swedish! 

Everyone learns according to their experience, time, and motivation. How quickly you learn will depend on many other factors, too. 

Let’s have a look at these factors and discuss how to take advantage of this knowledge to start learning as fast as possible.

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  1. Experience
  2. Learning Style
  3. Approach
  4. How Long Does it Take to Achieve Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Level?
  5. How Our Website Can Help

Experience

One of the most important things to take into consideration is your general experience with languages. 

The Language(s) You Speak

What’s your native language? And what other languages do you know? 

Yes, this will actually be a defining aspect of how quickly you’ll be able to pick up Swedish. 

If you’re a native or near-native English speaker, you’re in luck! Swedish and English actually share the same roots, and their grammar and sentence structure are pretty similar! It gets even better if you already speak Dutch, German, and obviously, Danish or Norwegian. 

If you’re a native speaker of a Semitic language such as Arabic, on the other hand, it might be a little trickier—but all the more challenging and rewarding! So, don’t be discouraged. Just be aware that your native English friends might just have a bit of a headstart…it doesn’t mean they’ll learn it better than you! 

Your Previous Language Learning Experience

Another essential aspect to consider is your previous experience in the field of language learning

Have you ever learned a foreign language before?

If you already speak a foreign language fluently, or were brought up bilingual, you’ll likely be able to learn Swedish faster than other people. Many studies and research have now proven that bilingual people find it easier to study and learn a third language, as they’re naturally more accustomed to being exposed to different languages. 

Even if you’re not bilingual, having studied and learned a foreign language at any point in your life will probably help. This is because your language-learning mind is already used to memorizing words and rules, as well as looking at different letters and symbols—a definite advantage!

Basically, having skills in one language will help you gain fluency in another language (even if the two languages are totally different)!

Your Previous Grammar Knowledge

One of the first steps to take when you’re learning a foreign language is to discover and study how it’s built and how it works. This usually means learning and understanding its structure and grammar. 

If you have some previous experience studying grammar and syntax, even if only in your own language, it will be much easier and faster for you to study the syntax and grammar of a foreign language. 

So, if you’re planning to start learning Swedish, it’s a good idea to have some grammar foundations to build your knowledge on! 

Learning Style

The way you study and learn is another essential factor in how long it takes to learn Swedish.

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Your Methods

If you limit your learning to a classroom setting, it will surely take you a little longer to learn and start using your language skills with confidence in the real world. Here’s how to learn the Swedish language faster: Expose yourself to Swedish outside the classroom! This will shave quite a few hours off your required learning time.

Pick up the habit of reading Swedish newspapers, watching films and series in Swedish, and listening to Swedish podcasts while you drive or cook. It will help. Of course, finding a conversation partner to practice with will also go a long way toward achieving fluency faster.

Your Time

There’s another aspect we haven’t mentioned yet, even though it’s actually the most important determining factor in how long it takes to learn Swedish: The time you put into it!

If you want to learn quickly, you should dedicate as much time to studying as you possibly can. 

Ideally, you’ll want to practice daily. Research has shown that students who dedicate at least an hour a day to language learning—whether studying grammar, memorizing words, watching a series, or reading a book—end up learning significantly faster than those who don’t stick to a daily schedule.

And if it’s an option for you, full-immersion learning is the best method. If you can travel to Sweden and live there for a short (or long) while, that will change everything!

Approach

Learning to speak Swedish will be a much easier, more fluid process if you take the right approach. Here’s what I mean…

Your Motivation

It’s no secret: Staying motivated is an essential aspect of learning a new language. What are your reasons for learning Swedish?

Have these reasons clear in your mind, and set weekly (or even daily) goals for maximum efficiency. Keeping your reasons in mind will help you stay motivated and interested in learning this beautiful language every day! 

Your Attitude

Keeping your spirits and motivation up will make your language learning more effective, and it will help you get through the tough times with a positive attitude

The secret is to see studying as a fun and interesting activity…something you’re choosing to do, rather than something you’re forced to do. 

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Remember: Knowing a foreign language will open your mind and your horizons, and it will give you a great set of skills to use in your daily and professional life. 

When you think about it this way, you’ll always be motivated to learn something new every day. This will make the process not only more enjoyable, but also much faster! 

How Long Does it Take to Achieve Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Level?

So, let’s get to the point. 

How long does it take an English speaker to learn Swedish?

Following is a quick guide on how long it might take to reach a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level of Swedish. Keep in mind that these numbers are just estimates, and exact times will vary based on the factors we described above. 

Beginner

As a Swedish beginner, you’ll be able to introduce yourself, understand slow spoken language, and ask basic questions (probably making some mistakes along the way). 

If your goal is to be able to greet people, order a meal at the restaurant, have some basic reading skills, and understand sentences pronounced slowly and carefully, this level is probably sufficient.

You’ll be able to do all these things with just about 180-200 hours of Swedish classes (to reach levels B1-B2). This means that if you’re motivated and willing to put in 10-15 hours a week, you could travel to Sweden without any worries in just over 3 months.

So get studying and you’ll soon be having some basic conversations!

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Intermediate

Once you reach an intermediate level, you’ll be able to understand everyday conversations (when spoken clearly), even if you have to ask some questions to keep up. This level will also allow you to read and watch the news and other videos with few problems. If you’re traveling, you’ll be able to ask for and follow directions with no problem and you’ll also be able to enjoy basic interactions with locals about familiar subjects. 

We estimate that, to achieve an intermediate level of Swedish, you’ll need about 350 hours of study. This means that, if you dedicate around 15 hours a week to practicing your Swedish, you’ll be able to get to this level in just 6 months! 

Advanced

If you’re setting out to achieve fluency, this is what you’re aiming for. Once you have advanced language skills, you’ll be able to deal with any kind of situation that may arise in your daily life abroad or while traveling. You should also be able to have long and detailed conversations with native speakers. You’ll be able to enjoy watching movies and reading books in Swedish with no problem. 

In other words, you’ll be fluent. (Even if there’s always something new to learn about this intricate and beautifully complex language!)

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According to the U.S. Foreign Service Institute (FSI), you’ll need about 750 hours of study to become fluent in Swedish. This means that if you dedicate 12-15 hours a week to studying, you’ll be able to speak like a pro in just a year! 

If this seems like a long time, take into account that harder languages like Japanese or Arabic may take up to 2200 hours—three times as long as Swedish! 

How Our Website Can Help

So, what are you waiting for? The perfect time to start learning a foreign language is now! 

The sooner you start learning, the faster you’ll achieve your language goals and start speaking Swedish.

If you want to keep motivated and make your language learning adventure as easy as possible, check out the content on SwedishPod101.com. Here, you’ll find all kinds of language learning materials: vocabulary lists, lessons for all levels, dictionaries, blog posts, and more.

As we explained, how long it takes to learn Swedish really just depends on how much time you’re willing to invest in learning. Our online Swedish courses and resources are designed specifically to give you all the right tools to learn the language as quickly and easily as possible. Make sure that your precious time is well-spent!

Whether you’re a beginner learner who wants a survival course or an advanced speaker who’s looking to refine your skills, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Before you go, we’re curious: How likely are you to start learning Swedish after reading this article? Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns—we’ll be glad to help you out the best we can!

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