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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 24 “Have you been to Stockholm?” 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 “Have you been to Stockholm?” In Swedish this is
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm?
Matt: The first word in the question is
Engla: har
Matt: meaning “have” in English.
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) har
Matt: Listen again and repeat.
Engla: har
{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: du
Matt: meaning “you.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) du
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: du
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Engla: har du
{pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: varit
Matt: meaning “been.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) varit
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: varit
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Engla: har du varit
{pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: i
Matt: meaning “in.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) i
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: i
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first four words of the question and repeat.
Engla: har du varit i
{pause}
Matt: Next is
Engla: Stockholm
Matt: which is “Stockholm.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) Stockholm
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: Stockholm
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Engla: har du varit i Stockholm
{pause}
Matt: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Have you been to Stockholm?”
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där två gånger.
Matt: "Yes, I've been twice.” Listen as it’s repeated again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) Ja, jag har varit där två gånger.
{pause}
Matt: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Engla: ja
Matt: meaning “yes.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) ja
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: ja
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: jag
Matt: meaning “I.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) jag
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: jag
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: har
Matt: meaning “have.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) har
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: har
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: varit
Matt: meaning “been.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) varit
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: varit
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: där
Matt: meaning “there.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) där
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: där
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: två
Matt: meaning “two.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) två
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: två
{Pause}
Matt: And after that is
Engla: gånger
Matt: meaning “times.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) gånger
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: gånger
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “Yes, I've been twice.” and then repeat.
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där två gånger.
{pause}Matt: To expand on the pattern, replace “twice” with “once.”
Engla: en gång
Matt: once
Engla: (slow) en gång (regular) en gång
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “once.”
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där en gång.
Matt: It mostly stays the same, simply replace “twice” with “once.” Now Say “Yes, I've been once.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där en gång.
Matt: To give a different answer, replace “once” with “three times.”
Engla: tre gånger
Matt: “three times”
Engla: (slow) tre gånger (regular) tre gånger
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “three times.”
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där tre gånger.
Matt: It’s almost the same, just replace “once” with “three times.” Now Say “Yes, I've been three times.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där tre gånger.
Matt: For more practice, replace “three times” with “many times.”
Engla: många gånger
Matt: many times
Engla: (slow) många gånger (regular) många gånger
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “many times.”
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där många gånger.
Matt: Here we just replace “three times” with “many times.” Now Say “Yes, I've been many times.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, jag har varit där många gånger.
Matt: To say "no" in a simple way, just say
Engla: Nej, det har jag inte.
Matt: Which is like saying “No, I haven’t” in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Engla: (Slowly) Nej, det har jag inte.
Matt: And one more time at normal speed.
Engla: Nej, det har jag inte.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and a stranger asks you if you’ve been to Stockholm. You want to answer that you’ve been twice. What would you say?
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm? (five seconds) Ja, jag har varit där två gånger.
Matt: Now you want to say yes, you’ve been once. Respond to the question.
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm? (five seconds) Ja, jag har varit där en gång.
Matt: You want to say yes, you’ve been three times . Answer the speaker's question.
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm? (five seconds) Ja, jag har varit där tre gånger.
Matt: You want to answer that you’ve been many times . How would you answer?
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm? (five seconds) Ja, jag har varit där många gånger.
Matt: You want to ask someone if they’ve been to Stockholm. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm?
{pause}
Matt: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Engla: Har du varit i Stockholm?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 24.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners! Have you been to Stockholm?!

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Tuesday at 7:10 pm
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Hej Sacha,

If you have been in the place that is being talked about, you would say "Ja, jag har varit där" (Yes, I've been there.) However, if you were currently in Stockholm for example and was talking to someone in Stockholm, they wouldn't ask if you had been in Stockholm since you're both there. If you were speaking to someone on the phone or online and you were in Stockholm and they asked you if you had been there, you would reply "Ja, jag är där nu." (Yes, I'm there now.)


I hope this answers your question! ?


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Sascha
Thursday at 2:47 am
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Hello,

If you are in Stockholm meaning the place mentioned you should reply Ja, jag har varit här .......? or Ja, jag har varit där ... ?