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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Commonly used slang greetings.
Sydney: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SwedishPod101.com. I'm Sydney.
Jesper: And I'm Jesper!
Sydney: This is Must-Know Swedish Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 1. In this lesson, you'll learn commonly used slang greetings.
Sydney: We're going to take a look at some common slang expressions when greeting someone and asking how they are.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Sydney: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Jesper: Sho, vad händer?
Jesper: Jag bara chillar.
Jesper: Vad görs?
Jesper: Hur är läget?
Sydney: Jesper, what's our first expression?
Jesper: Sho, vad händer?
Sydney: literally meaning "What's happening?" But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "Hey, what's up?"
Jesper: [SLOW] Sho, vad händer? [NORMAL] Sho, vad händer?
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: Sho, vad händer?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you meet a friend or talk to a friend over the phone and you want to ask them what they are doing.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Sho, vad händer i helgen min vän? [SLOW] Sho, vad händer i helgen min vän?
Sydney: "Hey, what's happening this weekend my friend?"
Jesper: [NORMAL] Sho, vad händer i helgen min vän?
Sydney: Okay, what's the next expression?
Jesper: Jag bara chillar.
Sydney: literally meaning "I'm just chillin'."
Jesper: [SLOW] Jag bara chillar. [NORMAL] Jag bara chillar.
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: Jag bara chillar.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you want to say that you're not doing anything special, just relaxing.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Det har varit lugnt i helgen, jag har bara chillat. [SLOW] Det har varit lugnt i helgen, jag har bara chillat.
Sydney: "It's been quiet this weekend, I've just been relaxing."
Jesper: [NORMAL] Det har varit lugnt i helgen, jag har bara chillat.
Sydney: Okay, what's our next expression?
Jesper: Vad görs?
Sydney: literally meaning "What's happening?" But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "What's up?"
Jesper: [SLOW] Vad görs? [NORMAL] Vad görs?
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: Vad görs?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you meet a friend or talk to a friend over the phone and you want to ask them what they are doing.
Jesper: Remember, "Vad görs?" and "Vad händer?" mean the same thing and are interchangeable.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Det var länge sen, vad görs? [SLOW] Det var länge sen, vad görs?
Sydney: "It's been a long time, what's up?"
Jesper: [NORMAL] Det var länge sen, vad görs?
Sydney: Okay, what's the last expression?
Jesper: Hur är läget?
Sydney: meaning "How's it going?"
Jesper: [SLOW] Hur är läget? [NORMAL] Hur är läget?
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: Hur är läget?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you meet a friend or talk to a friend over the phone and you want to ask them how they are doing.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Hur är läget, allt bra med dig? [SLOW] Hur är läget, allt bra med dig?
Sydney: "How's it going, everything good with you?"
Jesper: [NORMAL] Hur är läget, allt bra med dig?
QUIZ
Sydney: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Sydney: I’m just watching TV and relaxing.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: Jag bara chillar.
Sydney: "I'm just chillin'."
Sydney: Good to see you, what’s up?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: Sho, vad händer?
Sydney: "Hey, what's up?"
Sydney: Hi, good to see you. How are things?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: Hur är läget?
Sydney: “How's it going?"
Sydney: Thanks for calling me back. What’s up on your side?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: Vad görs?
Sydney: "What's up?"

Outro

Sydney: There you have it; you have mastered four Swedish Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at SwedishPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Jesper: Det var allt för den här gången, vi ses snart igen!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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Thursday at 12:31 AM
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Hej Skay,

"Sho" is often used as a "hey" in Swedish slang. It's hard to be sure about the origins, but one possibility is that is comes from an Arabic word meaning "what". But it is also possible that it comes from the Swedish word "tjo", which together with many variations, such as "tja" and "tjena", is slang for "hey".


As for the "sh" sound, it is usually only spelled "sh" in certain loan words. There are unfortunately quite a number of ways the "sh" sound can be spelled in Swedish. The "tj" in "tjo" just mentioned above is one example. Other ways of spelling the "sh" is "k", "kj", "sch" and even "ge". Sorry!


Some examples:

TJ - tjata (to nag)

K - kikare (binoculars)

KJ - kjol (skirt)

SCH - dusch (shower)

GE - garage (garage)


Vicky

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Skay Davidson
Sunday at 04:11 AM
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Hej! Kan ni säga lite mer om ordet "Sho"? Is it a shortened version of another word? And how common is it to see the English "sh" sound spelled as "sh" in Swedish? Tack!