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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 1 “What's your name?” in Swedish. In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll encounter a common question for Swedish learners, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “What's your name?”. In Swedish this is-
Engla : Vad heter du?
Matt: The first word in the question is
Engla : vad
Matt: meaning “what” in English.
Engla : (Slow, by syllable) vad
Matt: Listen again and repeat.
Engla : vad
{Pause}
Matt: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is -
Engla : heter
Matt: meaning “to be called.”
Engla : (Slow, by syllable) heter
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla : heter
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Engla : vad heter
{pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla : du
Matt: meaning “you.”
Engla : (Slow, by syllable) du
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla : du
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Engla : vad heter du
{pause}
Matt: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What's your name?”
Engla : Jag heter Lisa.
Matt: "My name is Lisa.” Listen again as you hear the phrase slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla : (Slow) Jag heter Lisa.
{pause}
Matt: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Engla : jag
Matt: meaning “I.”
Engla : (Slow, by syllable) jag
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla : jag
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla : heter
Matt: meaning “to be called.”
Engla : (Slow, by syllable) heter
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla : heter
{Pause}
Matt: Next is
Engla : Lisa
Matt: which is the name “Lisa.”
Engla : (Slow, by syllable) Lisa
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla : Lisa
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “My name is Lisa” and then repeat.
Engla : Jag heter Lisa.
{pause}Matt: To expand on the pattern, let’s replace “Lisa” with “Peter.”
Engla : Peter
Matt: “Peter”
Engla : (slow) Peter (regular) Peter
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Peter.”
Engla : Jag heter Peter.
Matt: You’ll see that it’s almost the same. Simply replace “Lisa” with “Peter.” Now say, “My name is Peter.”
{pause}
Engla : Jag heter Peter.
Matt: Let’s try another and replace “Peter” with “Sara.”
Engla : Sara
Matt: “Sara”
Engla : (slow) Sara (regular) Sara
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Sara.”
Engla : Jag heter Sara.
Matt: Again, it mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name “Peter” with “Sara.” Now say, “My name is Sara.”
{pause}
Engla : Jag heter Sara.
Matt: For more practice, replace “Sara” with “Viktor.”
Engla : Viktor
Matt: Viktor
Engla : (slow) Viktor (regular) Viktor
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Viktor.”
Engla : Jag heter Viktor.
Matt: Again, all you have to do is replace the name. Now try saying “My name is Viktor.”
{pause}
Engla : Jag heter Viktor.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz.
Matt: Imagine you're visiting Sweden and someone asks you your name. Your name is Lisa. How will you answer?
Engla : Vad heter du? (five seconds) Jag heter Lisa.
Matt: Now your name is Peter. Respond to the question again.
Engla : Vad heter du? (five seconds) Jag heter Peter.
Matt: Imagine your name is Sara. Answer the speaker's question.
Engla : Vad heter du? (five seconds) Jag heter Sara.
Matt: Imagine your name is Viktor. How will you respond?
Engla : Vad heter du? (five seconds) Jag heter Viktor.
Matt: Now imagine that you want to learn that person's name. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla : Vad heter du?
{pause}
Matt: Now it's time to answer the question with your own name. Be sure to practice out loud!
Engla: Vad heter du?
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 1.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What's your name in Swedish?

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Monday at 07:43 PM
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Hej Martin,

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, please let us know if you have any questions!


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Monday at 07:42 PM
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Hej Martin,

I like your user name! 👍


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Jag heter Martin - English spell correct lol
Friday at 08:29 PM
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Great job

Jag heater Martin
Friday at 08:25 PM
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Swedish hits the ear so differently than any other language. Only up to lesson 3 and I'm loving it.

I'd be lost without the slow pronunciation. Great job ladies and gents

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Monday at 07:03 PM
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Hej Ben,

Happy New Year!

Good question, you could say that "jag" sounds like it's pronounced with a 'y'. 👍


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Ben
Thursday at 05:39 PM
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Hi,


Will "jag" be pronounced with a J or with a Y?


Thanks,

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Friday at 02:39 PM
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Hej Safdar,

Thank you for your comment! We have a few different lessons on pronunciation here at SwedishPod101. You can use the search box and type in "pronunciation". But here are a few you might want to get started on. 😇


https://www.swedishpod101.com/lesson/pronunciation-1-basic-native-consonant-sounds/

https://www.swedishpod101.com/lesson/pronunciation-2-basic-vowels/

https://www.swedishpod101.com/lesson/pronunciation-3-swedish-intonation/


I hope this helps!


Vicky

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Safdar
Friday at 12:12 AM
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Hi There,

I am a premium member but having a lot of trouble understanding the Swedish pronunciation. Can you please direct me to some resources which can help me understand how certain alphabet combinations may entirely change the pronunciation/spoken sound from the written form?

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Monday at 04:38 PM
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Hej Jimmy,

Jimmy is a common name in Swedish too, but I think it's often also nickname for "Joakim" or "Jim". 😇


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Jimmy Griego
Friday at 05:15 AM
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My name is Jimmy and if don't know Jimmy in Swedish