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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 8 “Can you eat Swedish food?” In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll encounter a common question for Swedish learners, 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 “Can you eat Swedish food?” In Swedish this is
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat?
Matt: The first word in the question is
Engla: kan
Matt: meaning “can” in English.
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) kan
Matt: Listen again and repeat.
Engla: kan
{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: kan du
{pause}
Matt: And after that is
Engla: äta
Matt: meaning “eat.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) äta
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: äta
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Engla: kan du äta
{pause}
Matt: And after that
Engla: svensk
Matt: meaning “Swedish.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) svensk
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: svensk
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the the first four words of the question and repeat.
Engla: kan du äta svensk
{pause}
Matt: And after that is
Engla: mat
Matt: meaning “food.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) mat
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: mat
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Engla: kan du äta svensk mat
{pause}
Matt: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Can you eat Swedish food?”
Engla: Ja, det är jättegott.
Matt: "Yes, it's delicious.” Listen as the phrase is repeated slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) Ja, det är jättegott.
{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: det
Matt: meaning “it.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) det
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: det
{Pause}
Matt: And after that,
Engla: är
Matt: meaning “is.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) är
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: är
{Pause}
Matt: And last,
Engla: jättegott
Matt: meaning “delicious.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) jättegott
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: jättegott
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “Yes, it's delicious” and then repeat.
Engla: Ja, det är jättegott.
{pause}Matt: To make a different answer, replace “delicious” with “pretty good.”
Engla: ganska gott
Matt: “pretty good”
Engla: (slow) ganska gott (regular) ganska gott
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “pretty good.”
Engla: Ja, det är ganska gott.
Matt: It mostly stays the same, just replace “delicious” with “pretty good.” Now say, “Yes, it's pretty good.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, det är ganska gott.
Matt: For more emphasis, replace “pretty good” with “wonderful.”
Engla: underbart
Matt: “wonderful”
Engla: (slow) underbart (regular) underbart
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “wonderful.”
Engla: Ja, det är underbart.
Matt: Again, it’s almost the same. Simply replace “pretty good” with “wonderful.” Now try. Say “Yes, it's wonderful.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, det är underbart.
Matt: To expand on the pattern, replace “wonderful” with “not bad.”
Engla: helt okej
Matt: “not bad” Literally this means “totally okay,” but the meaning is closer to “not bad.”
Engla: (slow) helt okej (regular) helt okej
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “not bad.”
Engla: Ja, det är helt okej.
Matt: It mostly stays the same, we just replace “wonderful” with “not bad.” Let’s practice. Say “Yes, it's not bad.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, det är helt okej.
Matt: To say "no", in a simple way, just say
Engla: Nej, det kan jag inte.
Matt: Which is like saying “No, I can't.” in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Engla: (Slowly) Nej, det kan jag inte.
Matt: And one more time at normal speed.
Engla: Nej, det kan jag inte.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and someone asks if you can eat Swedish food. You want to answer that it’s delicious. What do you say?
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, det är jättegott.
Matt: Now you want to say that it's pretty good. Respond to the question.
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, det är ganska gott.
Matt: Now, you want to say that it's wonderful. Answer the speaker's question.
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, det är underbart.
Matt: Now, you want to say that it's not bad. How would you answer?
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, det är helt okej.
Matt: Now you want to ask someone if they can eat Swedish food. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat?
{pause}
Matt: Now it's time to give your own answer.
Engla: Kan du äta svensk mat?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 8.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Can you eat Swedish food?

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Thursday at 6:21 pm
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Hej Evan T.!


Haha, jag gillar också köttbullar! :thumbsup: Nu blir jag hungrig :innocent:

I also like meatballs! Now I'm getting hungry.


You've got two small spelling mistakes!

Jättegot - > Jättegott

Lyngonsylt - > Lingonsylt


Otherwise, perfect Swedish! Good job!

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Tuesday at 9:19 am
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Ja, det är jättegot. Jag gillar svenska köttbullar, potatis, och lyngonsylt jättemycket!


Yes, it is delicious. I like Swedish meatballs, potatoes, and lyngonberry jam a whole, whole lot!