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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 13 - Restaurants: Asking About the Menu.
Today, we’ll cover some parts of the Swedish cuisine, what is typically Swedish food. Firstly, we have Köttbullar med potatis, brunsås och lingonsylt which is "Meatballs with potatoes, brown sauce, and lingonberry jam."
Köttbullar med potatis, brunsås och lingonsylt.
Most Swedish restaurants will have this dish. If you want to find out if they have the dish, you can ask, Har ni köttbullar med potatis, brunasås och lingonsylt? Sometimes, it is enough to ask for the meatballs - Har ni köttbullar?
Har ni köttbullar?
Har ni köttbullar?
The first part of the sentence is Har ni, which means “Do you have”
Har ni
Har ni
This is followed by the dish you want to ask about. This will come in handy if you can’t read the menu.
Secondly, we have Kroppkakor, which is a traditional dish in southeast Sweden, around Småland and Öland. This is a ball of mashed potatoes stuffed with diced pork. These so called "body cakes" are either boiled or fried. For me, this dish actually tastes like a dessert and it doesn't take much to make you full.
Lastly, we have the Swedish smorgasbord, the buffet. Smorgasbord is originally a Swedish word, Smorgasbord, Smorgasbord meaning "sandwich table" and I think that refers to all the different stuff you put on a sandwich. This is what you often eat on Easter, mid summer and Christmas. The difference would be that we have ham at Christmas.
Some things that we always have on this smörgåsbord are Kokade ägg "boiled eggs," Köttbullar "meatballs," Prinskorvar "small fried sausages," Inlagd sill "pickled herring," Omelett "omelette," and then we have the one thing that confuses foreigners the most, Surströmming "fermented Baltic herring." The scent of this dish is so strong that many people don't want to eat it. However, I think you should try to taste it. It smells worse than it tastes. For this, we have a little snaps, which is like a shot of alcohol. And finally, before we’re getting started, there may be a toast. In Swedish, “cheers” is skål.
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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!
“Meatballs.” - Köttbullar.
“Do you have ... ?” - Har ni ... ?
Har ni ... ?
“Smorgasbord.” - Smörgåsbord.
“Cheers.” Skål.
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.