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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 14 “How tall 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 tall are you?” In Swedish this is
Engla: Hur lång 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: lång
Matt: meaning “long,” or in this case, “tall.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) lån.g
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: lång
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur lång
{pause}
Matt: And after that
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 lång är
{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: hur lång 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 tall are you?”
Engla: Jag är 180 centimeter lång.
Matt: "I'm 180 centimeters tall.” You’ll hear it one more time, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) Jag är 180 centimeter lång.
{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 “is.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) är
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: är
{Pause}
Matt: Next is
Engla: 180
Matt: meaning “180.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) 180
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: 180
{Pause}
Matt: And next,
Engla: centimeter
Matt: which means “centimeter.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) centimeter
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: centimeter
{Pause}
Matt: And after that is
Engla: lång
Matt: “long.” Again, here it means “tall.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) lång
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: lång
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “I'm 180 centimeters tall” and then repeat.
Engla: Jag är 180 centimeter lång.
{pause}Matt: To make another phrase, replace “180” with “160.”
Engla: 160
Matt: “160”
Engla: (slow) 160 (regular) 160
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “160.”
Engla: Jag är 160 centimeter lång.
Matt: It mostly stays the same, we just replace “180” with “160.” Now say, “I'm 160 centimeters tall.”
{pause}
Engla: Jag är 160 centimeter lång.
Matt: For more practice, replace “160” with “175.”
Engla: 175
Matt: “175”
Engla: (slow) 175 (regular) 175
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “175.”
Engla: Jag är 175 centimeter lång.
Matt: It’s almost the same, just replace “160” with “175.” Now say, “I'm 175 centimeters tall.”
{pause}
Engla: Jag är 175 centimeter lång.
Matt: For a different answer, replace “175” with “190.”
Engla: 190
Matt: “190”
Engla: (slow) 190 (regular) 190
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “190.”
Engla: Jag är 190 centimeter lång.
Matt: Here we just replace 175 with 190. Let’s practice. Say “I'm 190 centimeters tall.”
{pause}
Engla: Jag är 190 centimeter lång.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and someone asks you how tall you are. You’re 180 centimeters. What do you say?
Engla: Hur lång är du? (five seconds) Jag är 180 centimeter lång.
Matt: Imagine you’re 160 centimeters. Respond to the question.
Engla: Hur lång är du? (five seconds) Jag är 160 centimeter lång.
Matt: Now imagine you’re 175 centimeters. Answer the speaker's question.
Engla: Hur lång är du? (five seconds) Jag är 175 centimeter lång.
Matt: Imagine you're 190 centimeters. How would you answer?
Engla: Hur lång är du? (five seconds) Jag är 190 centimeter lång.
Matt: Now you want to ask that person how tall they are. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla: Hur lång är du?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 14.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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How tall are you in Swedish? :)

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Monday at 6:46 pm
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Hej Monica,

Du är längre än mig! Jag är bara 165 cm lång. (You're taller than me! I'm only 165 cm tall.) 😮


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Monica
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Jag är 170 (hundrasjuttio) centimeter lång. Hur lång är du?