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Matt: Top 25 Swedish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 9 “Do you like Swedish food?” 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 “Do you like Swedish food?” In Swedish this is
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat?
Matt: The first word in the question is
Engla: gillar
Matt: meaning “like” in English.
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) gillar
Matt: Listen again and repeat.
Engla: gillar
{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: gillar du
{pause}
Matt: And after that we have
Engla: svensk
Matt: meaning “Swedish.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) svensk
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: svensk
{Pause}
Matt: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Engla: gillar du svensk
{pause}
Matt: And next,
Engla: mat
Matt: meaning “food.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) mat
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: mat
{Pause}
Matt: Now listen to the entire question and repeat.
Engla: gillar du 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 “Do you like Swedish food?”
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag köttbullar.
Matt: "Yes, I especially love meatballs.” You’ll hear it again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Engla: (Slow) Ja, speciellt så älskar jag köttbullar.
{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: Next is
Engla: speciellt
Matt: meaning “especially.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) speciellt
Matt: Now repeat.
Engla: speciellt
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: så
Matt: meaning “so.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) så
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: så
{Pause}
Matt: And after that,
Engla: älskar
Matt: meaning “love.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) älskar
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: älskar
{Pause}
Matt: And next is
Engla: jag
Matt: meaning “I.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) jag
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: jag
{Pause}
Matt: And after that
Engla: köttbullar
Matt: meaning “meatballs.”
Engla: (Slow, by syllable) köttbullar
Matt:Now repeat.
Engla: köttbullar
{Pause}Matt: Listen to the speaker say “Yes, I especially love meatballs” and then repeat.
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag köttbullar.
{pause}Matt: For more practice, replace “meatballs” with “crayfish.”
Engla: kräftor
Matt: “crayfish”
Engla: (slow) kräftor (regular) kräftor
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “crayfish.”
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag kräftor.
Matt: It’s almost the same, simply replace “meatballs” with “crayfish.” Now try. Say “Yes, I especially love crayfish.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag kräftor.
Matt: Now let’s replace “crayfish” with “pickled herring.”
Engla: sill
Matt: “pickled herring”
Engla: (slow) sill (regular) sill
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “pickled herring.”
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag sill.
Matt: Again, it mostly stays the same, we just replace “crayfish” with “pickled herring.” Now say, “Yes, I especially love pickled herring.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag sill.
Matt: To use a different phrase, replace “pickled herring” with “salmon.”
Engla: lax
Matt: “salmon”
Engla: (slow) lax (regular) lax
Matt: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “salmon.”
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag lax.
Matt: Here we just replace pickled herring with salmon. Now let’s practice. Say “Yes, I especially love salmon.”
{pause}
Engla: Ja, speciellt så älskar jag lax.
Matt: If you don’t like Swedish food, you can say "no" in a simple way by saying
Engla: Nej, det gör jag inte.
Matt: Which is like saying “No, I don't.” in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Engla: (Slowly) Nej, det gör jag inte.
Matt: And one more time at normal speed.
Engla: Nej, det gör jag inte.
Matt: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting Sweden and someone asks if you like Swedish food. You want to answer that you like meatballs. How would you answer?
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, speciellt så älskar jag köttbullar.
Matt: Now you want to say that you like crayfish. What do you say?
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, speciellt så älskar jag kräftor.
Matt: You want to say that you like pickled herring. Answer the speaker's question.
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, speciellt så älskar jag sill.
Matt: You want to say that you like salmon. Respond to the question.
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat? (five seconds) Ja, speciellt så älskar jag lax.
Matt: Now you want to ask someone if they like Swedish food. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat?
{pause}
Matt: Now it's time to answer the question with the Swedish food you like.
Engla: Gillar du svensk mat?
{pause}
Matt: This is the end of Lesson 9.

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Do you like Swedish food? Gillar du svensk mat?