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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 11 “How old are you?” 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. 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 “How old are you?” In Swedish this is
Engla: Hur gammal är du?
Matt: The first word in the question is
Engla: hur
Matt: meaning “how” in English.
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) hur
Matt: Listen again and repeat.
Engla: hur
{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: gammal
Matt: meaning “old.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) gammal
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: gammal
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur gammal
{pause}
Matt: Next is
Engla: är
Matt: meaning “are.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) är
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: är
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur gammal är
{pause}
Matt: And after that we have
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: hur gammal är du
{pause}
Matt: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How old are you?”
Engla: Jag är arton år.
Matt: "I'm eighteen years old.” Listen again as the phrase is repeated slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) Jag är arton år.
{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: är
Matt: meaning “am” in English.
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) är
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: är
{Pause}
Matt: And next we have
Engla: “arton”
Matt: meaning “eighteen.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) arton
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: arton
{Pause}
Matt: And after that,
Engla: år
Matt: meaning “years.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) år
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: år
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “I'm eighteen years old” and then repeat.
Engla: Jag är arton år.
{pause}Matt: For a different answer, replace “eighteen” with “twenty years old.”
Engla: tjugo år
Matt: “Twenty years old”
Engla: (slow) tjugo år (regular) tjugo år
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “twenty years old.”
Engla: Jag är tjugo år.
Matt: It’s almost the same, simply replace “eighteen” with “twenty.” Say “I'm twenty years old.”
{pause}
Engla: Jag är tjugo år.
Matt: For more practice, replace “twenty years old” with “eight years old.”
Engla: åtta år
Matt: “eight years old”
Engla: (slow) åtta år (regular) åtta år
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “eight years old.”
Engla: Jag är åtta år.
Matt: Here we just replace “twenty” with “eight.” Say “I'm eight years old.”
{pause}
Engla: Jag är åtta år.
Matt: Now let’s replace “eight years old” with “forty-five years old.”
Engla: fyrtiofem år
Matt: “forty-five years old”
Engla: (slow) fyrtiofem år (regular) fyrtiofem år
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “forty-five years old.”
Engla: Jag är fyrtiofem år.
Matt: It mostly stays the same, simply replace “eight” with “forty-five.” Say “I'm forty-five years old.”
{pause}
Engla: Jag är fyrtiofem år.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and someone asks you how old you are. You’re eighteen. What do you say?
Engla: Hur gammal är du? (five seconds) Jag är arton år.
Matt: Imagine you’re twenty years old. Respond to the question.
Engla: Hur gammal är du? (five seconds) Jag är tjugo år.
Matt: Now imagine you’re eight years old. Answer the speaker's question.
Engla: Hur gammal är du? (five seconds) Jag är åtta år.
Matt: Imagine you're forty-five years old. How do you respond?
Engla: Hur gammal är du? (five seconds) Jag är fyrtiofem år.
Matt: You want to ask someone how old they are. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla: Hur gammal är du?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 11.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners!

Hur gammal är du? How old are you?

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Monday at 11:27 pm
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Hej Adolf,

Haha, tack för din kommentar. Fin svenska! (Thank you for your comment. Nice Swedish!) :thumbsup:


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Adolf
Friday at 1:05 am
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oops, jag är slarvig, "gammal" är onödig:wink:

( oops, I'm careless, "gammal" is unnecessary )

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Adolf
Friday at 12:04 am
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nästan 40 år gammal... :wink

( almost 40 years old )