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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 will be surprised at how far a little Swedish will go.
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Swedish Survival Phrases Lesson 50 - Explaining symptoms in Swedish.
In today's lesson, we'll work on explaining symptoms so that you can get the proper treatment and the medication you need.
In Swedish, "I have a headache" is Jag har huvudvärk.
Jag har huvudvärk.
Let's break it down by syllable: Jag har huvudvärk.
Now, here it is once again: Jag har huvudvärk.
The first word Jag means "I."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time: Jag.
This is followed by Har, which in Swedish is "have."
So, to recap here, we have Jag har. Literally, this means "I have."
Let's take a look at the next word: Huvudvärk, which means "headache."
So, all together, we have Jag har huvudvärk. Literally, this means "I have headache."
We'll look at some more phrases with the same pattern. Namely, "I have." So, it's the same, and only the symptoms changes. So, let's go over the other symptoms.
In Swedish, the word for "fever" is Feber.
And the phrase "I have fever" is Jag har feber.
In Swedish, the word for "stomachache" is Magont.
And the phrase "I have stomachache" is Jag har magont.
In Swedish, the word for "heartburn" is Halsbränna.
And the phrase "I have heartburn" in Jag har halsbränna.
In Swedish, the word for "sore throat" is Halsont.
And the phrase "I have sore throat" is Jag har halsont.
The next phrase may be hard to listen to. But if it happens to you, you will be extremely glad we went over it.
In Swedish, the expression "I have diarrhea" is Jag har diarré. With the word for "diarrhea" being Diarré.
The following phrases is constructed with "I am" instead of "I have."
In Swedish, "I am" is Jag är.
"I have a stuffed nose" is Jag är täppt i näsan, which literally means "I am stuffed in the nose."
Next, "I have a cold" is Jag är förkyld, which can be roughly translated as "I am cool down."
In Sweden, the system for measuring temperatures is Celsius. If you only have a Swedish thermometer, about 38 degrees or more means you've got a fever. And 41 degrees, that is mortal and deadly serious. Today's phrases are very useful at a pharmacy if there are no drugs that you recognize. Describe your symptoms to the clerk and he or she will be able to help you to get the right medication.


Okay, to close out this 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. Okay, here we go!
"I have." - Jag har.
Jag har.
"I am." - Jag är.
Jag är.
All right, 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.