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Thursday at 6:30 pm
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What Sweidish holiday do you like?

Wednesday at 3:58 pm
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Hejsan Yolande!

Haha, jag förstår vad du menar! Vi är många i min släkt också.

Jättebra jobbat med svenskan! Bara några jättesmå missar.

“Jag gillar min familj, men det är för många folk,
och efter två dagar jag âr trött och uppskattar min ensamhet”

Jag gillar min familj, men de är för många,
och efter två dagar är jag trött och uppskattar min ensamhet.

Vi ses!😄
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Yolande Brunelle
Monday at 4:54 am
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Hej,
Jag föredrar mellandagarna när jag är ensam.
Jag gillar min familj, men det är för många folk,
och efter två dagar jag âr trött och uppskattar min ensamhet.

Ha det bra,
Yolande

Friday at 5:52 pm
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Hej Gary!

Thank you for your question.

I must say that I’m finding this word a bit tricky to explain, but I’ll do my best 😄

“Viss” is an adjective that can be used in different ways. It is often translated to the English “certain” but can also correspond to “some” as in this lesson’s dialog.

We often use it to talk about specific people or objects without naming them. In Swedish you would for example say, “En viss person åt upp alla kakor” (A certain person ate all the cookies). Here we know who ate the cookies but we are not saying who.

We can also use this adjective when referring to a certain amount of volume or weight, without specify the actual amount. You can for example say, “För att göra äppelpaj behöver man en viss mängd äpplen” (To make apple pie you need a certain amount of apples”.

A third reason for using “viss” is when we either don’t know or if we don’t want to specify something. “Det finns vissa skäl till varför jag inte kan ta jobbet” (There are certain reasons for why I cannot accept the job)

“Viss” can also be used when we are talking about abstract things such as knowledge or feelings. “Jag har viss kunskap om datorer” (I have certain/some knowledge about computers).

I hope this has provided you with at better idea of how to use “viss” and as you probably have figured out, “viss” can be used to refer to both countable and uncountable things.

I would also like to thank you for your feedback about the lesson notes being incorrect. We have fixed it already.
Cheers,
Satsuki Team SwedishPod101.com

Gary
Thursday at 6:22 pm
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Hej Satsuki !

Quick question regarding the usage of the swedish word, “vissa” meaning some. Are there any specific ‘rules’ that govern the use of vissa as apposed to lite when talking about some ?

Lite was used in lesson 16, an example being, “Kan du köpa lite mjölk?”, to refer to something that’s uncountabe, So is vissa used to mean some when the some is countable ?

Btw, the “VOCABULARY PHRASE USAGE” section within the lesson notes of lesson 16 are incorrrect and appear to be for lesson 5.

Hälsningar

Gary