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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 12 “When is your birthday?” 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 “When is your birthday?” In Swedish this is
Engla: När är din födelsedag?
Matt: The first word in the question is
Engla: när
Matt: meaning “when” in English.
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) när
Matt: Listen again and repeat.
Engla: när
{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: är
Matt: meaning “is.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) är
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: är
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Engla: när är
{pause}
Matt: Next is
Engla: din
Matt: meaning “your.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) din
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: din
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Engla: när är din
{pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: födelsedag
Matt: meaning “birthday.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) födelsedag
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: födelsedag
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Engla: när är din födelsedag
{pause}
Matt: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “When is your birthday?”
Engla: Den tjugoandra augusti.
Matt: "It's August 22nd.” Listen as it’s repeated again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) Den tjugoandra augusti.
{pause}
Matt: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Engla: den
Matt: meaning “the.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) den
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: den
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: tjugoandra
Matt: meaning “22nd.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) tjugoandra
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: tjugoandra
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: augusti
Matt: meaning “August.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) augusti
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: augusti
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “It's August 22nd” and then repeat.
Engla: Den tjugoandra augusti.
{pause}Matt: Let’s try another and replace August 22nd with April 4th.
Engla: fjärde april
Matt: “April 4th”
Engla: (slow) fjärde april (regular) fjärde april
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “April 4th.”
Engla: Den fjärde april.
Matt: It’s almost the same, simply replace “August 22nd” with “April 4th.” Now say, “It's April 4th.”
{pause}
Engla: Den fjärde april.
Matt: To expand on the pattern, replace “April 4th” with “June 13th.”
Engla: trettonde juni
Matt: “June 13th”
Engla: (slow) trettonde juni (regular) trettonde juni
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “June 13th.”
Engla: Den trettonde juni.
Matt: Here we just replace “April 4th” with “June 13th.” Now say, “It's June 13th.”
{pause}
Engla: Den trettonde juni.
Matt: For more practice, replace “June 13th” with “December 1st.”
Engla: första december
Matt: “December 1st”
Engla: (slow) första december (regular) första december
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “December 1st.”
Engla: Den första december.
Matt: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “June 13th” with “December 1st.” Now say, “It's December 1st.”
{pause}
Engla: Den första december.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and someone asks you when your birthday is. Your birthday is August 22nd. How would you answer?
Engla: När är din födelsedag? (five seconds) Den tjugoandra augusti.
Matt: Imagine your birthday is April 4th. Respond to the question.
Engla: När är din födelsedag? (five seconds) Den fjärde april.
Matt: Now imagine your birthday is June 13th. What would you say?
Engla: När är din födelsedag? (five seconds) Den trettonde juni.
Matt: Imagine your birthday is December 1st. Answer the question.
Engla: När är din födelsedag? (five seconds) Den första december.
Matt: You want to ask someone when their birthday is. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla: När är din födelsedag?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 12.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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When is your birthday? ...in Swedish!

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Tuesday at 12:10 am
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Hej Adolf,

Haha jag vet inte. Jag tycker inte om vintersäsongen. (Haha I'm not sure. I don't like the winter season.) :open_mouth:


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Adolf
Monday at 10:20 am
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till Vicky:


Du är älskvärd för mina 864,000 sekunder:laughing:

( you are amiable for my 864,000 seconds )


22a december är bra:thumbsup:


Det är att du "overtdeer" Santa Claus, är du en julklapp:smile:

( It's mean you "overtdeer" the Santa Claus, you are a Christmas gift )

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Saturday at 12:18 am
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Hej Adolf,

Nästan, väldigt nära. (Almost, very near.)

22a december faktiskt. (22d of December actually.) :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


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Adolf
Thursday at 8:41 pm
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Hej Vicky:


verkligen? Låter mig gissa ... 12 december?:smile:

( really? Let's me guess... 12th december? )

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Monday at 11:40 pm
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Hej Adolf,

Min födelsedag är också i december. (My birthday is in December too.) :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


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Saturday at 1:59 am
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Jag är December personen :smiling_imp: