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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6 “How long have you been studying Swedish?”. In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll encounter a common question for Swedish learners, and then learn how to answer it 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 long have you been studying Swedish?”. In Swedish this is...
Engla: Hur länge har du studerat svenska?
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
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: länge
Matt: meaning “long.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) länge
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: länge
Matt: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur länge
Matt: Next is...
Engla: har
Matt: meaning “have.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) har
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: har
Matt: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur länge har
Matt: And next is..
Engla: du
Matt: meaning “you.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) du
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: du
Matt: Listen to the first four words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur länge har du
Matt: And next,
Engla: studerat
Matt: meaning “studied.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) studerat
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: studerat
Matt: Listen to the first five words of the question and repeat.
Engla: hur länge har du studerat
Matt: And last is..
Engla: svenska
Matt: meaning “Swedish.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) svenska
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: svenska
Matt: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Engla: hur länge har du studerat svenska
Matt: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How long have you been studying Swedish?”
Engla: I en månad.
Matt: "For one month.” Listen as it’s repeated slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) I en månad.
Matt: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is..
Engla: i
Matt: meaning “in.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) i
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: i
Matt: And next is
Engla: en
Matt: meaning “one.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) en
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: en
Matt: And next,
Engla: månad
Matt: meaning “month.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) månad
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: månad
Matt: Listen to the speaker say “For one month” and then repeat.
Engla: I en månad.
Matt: For more practice, let’s replace “one month” with “two years.”
Engla: två år
Matt: “two years”
Engla: (slow) två år (regular) två år
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “two years.”
Engla: I två år.
Matt: It mostly stays the same, we just replace “one month” with “two years.” Now say, “for two years.”
Engla: I två år.
Matt: To make another phrase, replace “two years” with “one year.”
Engla: ett år
Matt: “one year”
Engla: (slow) ett år (regular) ett år
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “one year.”
Engla: I ett år.
Matt: Again, we simply replace “two years” with “one year.” Now say, “for one year.”
Engla: I ett år.
Matt: Now let’s replace “one year” with “three weeks.”
Engla: tre veckor
Matt: “three weeks”
Engla: (slow) tre veckor (regular) tre veckor
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “three weeks.”
Engla: I tre veckor.
Matt: Again, it’s almost the same, we just replace “one year” with “three weeks.” Now say “for three weeks.”
Engla: I tre veckor.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and someone asks you how long you've been studying Swedish. You've been studying it for one month. How would you answer?
Engla: Hur länge har du studerat svenska? (five seconds) I en månad.
Matt: Imagine you've been studying it for two years. Respond to the question.
Engla: Hur länge har du studerat svenska? (five seconds) I två år.
Matt: Imagine you've been studying it for one year. Answer the speaker's question.
Engla: Hur länge har du studerat svenska? (five seconds) I ett år.
Matt: Imagine you've been studying it for three weeks. How would you answer?
Engla: Hur länge har du studerat svenska? (five seconds) I tre veckor.
Matt: Now you want to ask someone how long they've been studying Swedish. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla: Hur länge har du studerat svenska?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 6.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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How long have you been studying Swedish?

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Monday at 5:21 pm
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Hej Filip,

Vad roligt! Tack för att du delar med dig! (That's great! Thank you for sharing!) 😇


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Filip
Monday at 10:28 pm
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Hej! Jag har studerat svenska i två veckor. Jag älskar det! Tack så mycket för lektionen.

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Monday at 7:30 pm
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Hej Tina,

No, we use "år" for both one and many years. 😇


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Tina
Friday at 3:38 am
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Hej,

Isn't there plural for "år"?

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Monday at 4:49 pm
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Hej Anna,


Good question! Yes, "in" the translation of "i". However, in time "i" can be translated to for as well. For example: Jag har städat i 3 timmar. (I've been cleaning for 3 hours.) It's a tricky particle. 😜


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Anna
Monday at 5:35 am
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Does the word "I" mean "in" or "for"? Translation says "for"; definition and quiz says "in". 😳

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Hi Monica,


Thank you for posting.


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Monica
Wednesday at 8:34 am
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I sex månader.

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Saturday at 12:13 am
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Hej Adolf,

Ungefär lika länge som jag har studerat japanska. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


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Adolf
Tuesday at 10:51 am
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i två månader:sweat_smile: