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Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Swedish Season 1, Lesson 1 - Self Introduction. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Swedish.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to say 'Hi I'm Carl.' in Swedish.
Carl: [Normal] Hej, jag heter Carl.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Hi'
Carl: [Normal] hej [Slow] hej
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Carl: [Normal] jag [Slow] jag
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Carl: [Normal] heter [Slow] heter
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'person's name'
Carl: [Normal] Carl [Slow] Carl
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Hi I'm Carl.'
Carl: [Slow] Hej, jag heter Carl. [Normal] Hej, jag heter Carl.
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'Good day, I'm Carl Samuelsson.'
Carl: [Normal] God dag. Jag heter Carl Samuelsson.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Good day'
Carl: [Normal] God dag [Slow] God dag
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Carl: [Normal] jag [Slow] jag
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Carl: [Normal] heter [Slow] heter
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'person's full name'
Carl: [Normal] Carl Samuelsson [Slow] Carl Samuelsson
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Good day, I'm Carl Samuelsson.'
Carl: [Slow] God dag. Jag heter Carl Samuelsson. [Normal] God dag. Jag heter Carl Samuelsson.
Becky: Next up is the informal way to say 'Nice to meet you.'
Carl: [Normal] Trevligt att träffas.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Nice'
Carl: [Normal] Trevligt [Slow] Trevligt
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'to'
Carl: [Normal] att [Slow] att
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'meet'
Carl: [Normal] träffas [Slow] träffas
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Nice to meet you.'
Carl: [Slow] Trevligt att träffas. [Normal] Trevligt att träffas.
Becky: Finally, here is a formal way to say 'It’s a pleasure.'
Carl: [Normal] Angenämt.
Becky: This expression has only one word literally meaning ‘pleasant’
Carl: [Normal] Angenämt. [Slow] Angenämt.
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'It’s a pleasure.'
Carl: [Slow] Angenämt. [Normal] Angenämt.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Carl: When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands in Sweden. Swedish people value equality highly, so introduce yourself in the same way to everyone.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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SwedishPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Can you introduce yourself in Swedish?

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Wednesday at 12:25 pm
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Hej Alaa,

Welcome! "Trevligt att träffas" is a common phrase we use in Swedish. However, you can also say "Trevligt att träffa dig."😇


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Alaa
Tuesday at 7:22 pm
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Hej allihopa, jag heter Alaa.

Trevligt att träffas!

I have question regarding the prease "att träffas" I thought that when we use the word (att=to) we should use an infinitive verb like träffa. However ever in this case we are saying "trevligt att träffas" . Why is that?

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Wednesday at 12:39 pm
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Hej Ricardo,

Välkommen! (Welcome!) 😇


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Monday at 12:00 pm
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Hej Vanessa,

Trevligt att träffas! 😇


Vicky

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Ricardo
Thursday at 3:31 am
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Hej, jag heter Ricardo. Trevligt att träffas.




Vanessa
Monday at 6:32 am
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Hej, jag heter Vanessa! Trevligt att träffas!

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Monday at 10:41 pm
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Hej Alexei,


Good question! You can use "Trevligt att träffa dig" when you meet someone for the first time. Both phrases have the same meaning and they're both very common to use. "Trevligt att träffas" is probably a little less formal. 😇


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Alexei
Thursday at 7:02 pm
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Hej! Jag heter Alexei! Trevligt att träffas. :) I have a question. When can I use "Trevligt att träffa dig"? And wich one is more common? Tack!

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Monday at 4:46 pm
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Hej Weeb,

That's a good guess! But not every word can be translated word by word. "heter" is more like "named" and "kallas" is "called". But a more natural translation to "Jag heter Vicky" is "My name is Vicky", there is no word by word translation here that makes sense. We have a lot of these examples in Swedish. 😜


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weeb
Sunday at 8:13 pm
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I thought that 'heter' would mean i am called since 'är' means am