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Hello and welcome to Swedish Survival Phrases brought to you by SwedishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Sweden. You’ll be surprised at how far a little Swedish will go.
Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SwedishPod101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. When you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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Swedish Survival Phrases lesson 10 - How to Say “I’m Sorry” in Swedish.
In today’s lesson, we’ll cover phrases used for apologizing. Now, as we haven’t quite mastered Swedish, it’s probably very prudent to go out with the phrases for apologizing as it just might come in handy. We’ll start with Förlåt.
Let’s break it down by syllable: Förlåt.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Förlåt.
This phrase is used when you are asking for forgiveness for when you’ve done something wrong.
Next, we’ll take a look at Ursäkta.
Let’s break it down by syllable: Ursäkta.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Ursäkta.
This phrase is used when getting someone’s attention, like “Excuse me.” It’s also is used for such instances when you bump into someone on accident.
Now, what if someone says this to you? In the case that someone used this expression towards you, the proper response is Ingen fara.
Ingen fara.
Ingen fara.
Let’s break it down by syllable: Ingen fara.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Ingen fara.
This literally means “no danger,” but it’s used here as, “Oh, it’s okay.”
One February some years ago, I was skiing in the beautiful Swedish mountains. This was actually my first time skiing for real, so I started on the bunny slopes and then advanced to the bigger slopes. I was skiing downhill, when I suddenly started going too fast and I lost control. I tried to stop near one of the lift queues, but of course, I haven’t learned how to stop. So, as I rapidly approach the queue, I was yelling “Se upp!” which means “Look out!” My teenage voice was too soft and I said it too late. The last person in the queue, luckily for me, was a big man that didn’t fall when I smashed right into him. I apologized to him with Ursäkta. In the end, it all worked out, but more embarassing was that I couldn’t get up. Skis are slippery.


Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so lycka till, that means “good luck” in Swedish. Ok, here we go!
“I’m sorry.” - Förlåt.
“Excuse me.” - Ursäkta.
“Oh, it's ok.” - Ingen fara.
Ingen fara.
Alright, that's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by SwedishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. When you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.