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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 introduce ourselves in Swedish. In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Är ni redo? Are you ready? Låt oss börja, so let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone, so let’s start with the easiest. It is just one word:
[slowly] Tack.
Tack means “thank you”.
When saying “thank you very much” you just need to add så mycket at the end.
Tack så mycket.
[slowly] Tack så mycket.
Så mycket litterally means “so much”. So Tack så mycket. is like saying “Thank you so much”.
During the last lesson we didn’t mention anything about formality in speech in Swedish. However there are some subtle differences in how you will be perceived by others. Tack is the casual way to thank someone, Tack så mycket expresses more gratitude and is thus more formal.
A longer and more formal phrase, which expresses a lot of gratitude would be;
Tack så mycket, jättesnällt.
[slowly] Tack så mycket, jättesnällt.
Jättesnällt means “really kind”. It is very common to put “jätte” in front of adjectives to amplify their meaning.
But how do you respond to these thanks? It’s easy! There are basically two different ways to do it!
The first is:
[slowly] Varsågod.
Varsågod means, “you are welcome”. You use this expression after someone has thanked you for a favor or for something given to them.
The other way to say, “you are welcome” is the expression:
Ingen fara
[slowly] Ingen fara.
Literally, this phrase means "No problem” or "it’s OK,” and is used when someone has thanked you for your help or for a favour.
So when someone says tack to you, you can simply reply with:
Varsågod or Ingen fara, depending on what they thanked you for.
Now it’s time for Elin’s Insights.
If you’re not sure about whether to use Tack or Tack så mycket, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situations; Tack can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, and at anytime!
Do you know what Ses means? In our next lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in Swedish! See you for the next Swedish in 3 Minutes!
Tack, vi ses nästa gång!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Tuesday at 06:03 AM
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Tack, Elin :)

Thursday at 02:35 AM
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Tack, så mycket jättasnällt.

Steve Scott
Saturday at 07:09 PM
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Ofta tittar jag på "Nyheter på lätt svenska" på SVTs webbsida, och ofta de slutar med att säga "Med det, tackar vi för oss." På engelska man skulle säga "With that, we thank you." Men de svenska orden betyder bokstavligt "we thank for us." Det låter lite eget, eller hur ? (I often watch "News in Easy Swedish" on SVTs web site, and often they close by saying "med det, tackar vi för oss". In English, one would say "With that, we thank you. But the Swedish words mean literally "we thank for us". That sounds a bit odd, don't you think ?)

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Monday at 10:41 PM
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Hej Adolf,

Ja, det stämmer precis. (Yes, that's exactly right.) :innocent:


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Friday at 10:29 AM
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Hej Vicky:

Ledsen för min svag öron:sweat_smile:

Elin säger "Are you ready" är "Är du redo"?

och "Let's start" är "Låt oss börja"?

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Alper Can
Wednesday at 06:01 AM
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There is a voice problem in these videos. Fix please

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Monday at 06:25 PM
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Hi Fred!

I'm glad that you enjoyed the lesson and I'll make sure to tell Elin!

If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Sunday at 06:43 AM
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Tack så mycket, Elin.