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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 the phrase Ursäkta mig, kan du tala engelska? "Excuse me, do you speak English?" We mentioned the word ursäkta mig, which means "excuse me" in Swedish.
In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use Ursäkta mig and other words to use when apologizing in Swedish.
We use Ursäkta mig in formal situations, such as when we are ordering something in bars or restaurants. For example:
Ursäkta mig, en kaffe tack. "Excuse me, a coffee please."
[slowly] Ursäkta mig, en kaffe tack.
We can also use it when asking a question:
Ursäkta mig, var är toaletten? "Excuse me, where is the toilette?"
[slowly] Ursäkta mig, var är toaletten?
The common way to say "excuse me" is Ursäkta mig
[slowly] Ursäkta mig.
Just like Ursäkta mig, we can use förlåt when apologizing for an action.
Förlåt, means “I’m sorry”.
[slowly] Förlåt.
You can also hear some Swedes say sorry which is a loanword from English, and is often used as quick apology amongst friends.
All of these phrases can be used for either “excuse me” or “I’m sorry.” But if you really want to apologize for something, it might be better to use the word förlåt.
The phrase Förlåt, jag är jätteledsen för det. means “I’m really sorry about that”. This can be used in both formal and informal situations.
[slowly] Förlåt, jag är jätteledsen för det.
First we have the familiar Förlåt. Next, we insert the Swedish pronoun for “I” jag. Then är which means “am”. Followed by ledsen which means “sad”. Again you can see the use of the word jätte in front of an adjective just like in lesson 2. Finally we have the phrase för det, meaning "about that"
Förlåt, jag är jätteledsen för det.
Now it’s time for Elin’s Insights.
In Sweden if you accidentally bump into someone, you might not get any response. But to be polite we either say ursäkta mig or förlåt. You can also use these phrases when you want to say “Sorry, I didn’t catch that. Can you repeat what you just said?”.
Are you able to count in Swedish? In the next lesson we will learn the numbers in Swedish from one to ten!
I'll be waiting for you in our next Svenska på tre minuter lesson.
Vi ses nästa gång!

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SwedishPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 01:02 AM
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Hej Ruizi,

Nu är du redo att be om ursäkt när som helst! 😜

(Now you're ready to make an apology any time!)


Vicky

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Ruizi Liu
Wednesday at 04:11 AM
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Förlåt, jag är jätteledsen för det.

Ursäkta mig

Var är toaletten

SwedishPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 10:25 PM
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Hej Favour,

"Snälla förlåt mig" is a great apology! Well done.

Don't forget the "å" in "förlåt". 😁


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Olamide Silas
Thursday at 02:48 AM
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Hej! Elin

Jag heter favour

Snälla förlat mig(please forgive me)

I'm i correct

Tack för lektion

Vi ses

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Wednesday at 11:00 PM
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Hej Geunhoo,

Varsågod! Vi är glada att du tyckte om den här videon! 😄

(You're welcome! We're glad you liked this video!)


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Geunhoo
Thursday at 01:39 AM
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Tack så mycket for this video. :) 👍😄

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Wednesday at 11:15 PM
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Hej Bob,

"Tågstationen" betyder "the train station" på engelska! 😄

("Tågstationen" means "the train station" in English!)


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Bob
Tuesday at 12:16 AM
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Förlåt, jag talar lite Svenska. Kan du översätta tågstationen från Svenska till Engelska för mig?

SwedishPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 11:44 PM
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Hej Matt,

Du är bra på att be om ursäkt! 😁

(You're good at apologizing!)

If you want to learn how to say that sentence in full Swedish, here it comes:

"Förlåt mig, för jag är inte bra på svenska."

(Forgive me, 'cause I'm not good at Swedish.)


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Matt
Saturday at 12:50 AM
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Forlet (me) for jag ar (not great at) svenska