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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!