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Hej, jag heter Elin. Hi everybody! I’m Elin.
Welcome to SwedishPod101.com’s “Svenska på tre minuter”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Swedish.
In the last lesson, we learned how to use the verb att göra which means "to do" in Swedish.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use att gilla, a very delightful Swedish verb, which is also the third verb in our series dedicated to the most common Swedish verbs.
Att gilla means "to like" in Swedish, so in this lesson we are going to see how to use it correctly. Let’s go! Låt oss börja!
Imagine you are in a restaurant with your friend and he or she asks you Gillar du ost?
This means "Do you like cheese?".
So supposing you like it, you can answer Ja, jag gillar ost.
[slowly] Ja, jag gillar ost.
So let’s break down this answer.
First we had-
Ja which is simply "Yes."
Then jag which is "I" in Swedish. After this we had gillar, which is the present tense form of the verb att gilla.
Finally we had ost which means “cheese”.
So all together it is Ja, jag gillar ost.
You can use this verb with other verbs in infinitive form as well, to express that you like performing an action. Say you like climbing. In Swedish you would say it like jag gillar att klättra.
[slowly] jag gillar att klättra.
Here, att klättra means “to climb”. Make sure the verbs after gillar are in the infinitive form with the att article in front of them.
You can use this verb towards a person as well, just like in the English phrase “I like you”.
jag gillar dig.
[slowly] jag gillar dig.
Now of course this doesn’t come close to the verb att älska “to love”, but it does show a certain affection towards the other person. Att gilla can be used when you are at the stage where you don’t quite want to say “I love you”.
If you want to say “I love you” just change the verb att gilla with the verb att älska. Att älska is the most romantic verb in Swedish and has more or less the same uses as in English. To say jag älskar dig “I love you”, is the most romantic sentence you can say to someone.
Now it’s time for Elin’s Insights.
Att gilla is sort of bland if you want to express how much you really like something. As in English, using “I love chocolate!” is a much stronger way of expressing your feelings towards chocolate, so try using the word älskar with things you really like!
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb att gilla or att älska depending on the degree of your love!
Next time we’ll learn another very useful verb, att komma.
Do you know what this Swedish verb means? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Svenska på 3 minuter lesson.
På återseende!