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INTRODUCTION
Elin: Hej allihopa! I’m Elin.
Becky: Hi everyone, I’m Becky. Welcome back to SwedishPod101.com. This is Upper Beginner, Season 1, Lesson 22 - Doing the Grocery Shopping in Sweden.
Becky: So Elin, what will we learn in this lesson?
Elin: In this lesson you’ll learn how to use the Swedish verbs “att ställa” and “att lägga” correctly.
Becky: The conversation takes place in Emma and David’s apartment.
Becky: It’s between Emma and her partner David. They’re using informal Swedish.
Elin: Great! Let's listen to the conversation.
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Becky: Is it common for Swedish people to do all their grocery shopping for the week at once?
Elin: Yes, I would say it’s popular, and there are a lot of Swedish websites that provides recipes for lunches and dinners for a whole week, together with shopping lists to make it easier for their readers.
Becky: That sounds handy! Are there any specific places that Swedes go when they do their weekly grocery shopping?
Elin: People usually go to some of the bigger stores, like Willys or Ica Maxi, where the prices are affordable.
Becky: What are the items you’ll find in most Swedish shopping carts?
Elin: Well, it all varies from family to family, but I would say that typical Swedish staple foods are things such as cheese, bread, milk and potatoes.
Becky: Ah...yes, Swedes do love their potatoes don’t they?
Elin: Yes, potatoes are a common ingredient in Swedish food, but things like pasta, bulgur and “quinoa” are also getting more popular.
Becky: Is shopping online popular?
Elin: Yes! There’s a lot of Swedish companies with online services that build on the concept of weekly grocery shopping, by delivering bags of groceries together with the recipes, once a week to their customers.
Becky: Wow, that sounds really convenient! But now, let’s move on to the vocabulary.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Elin: Let’s first look at the verb, “att packa upp”.
Becky: Meaning, “to unpack”.
Elin: That’s right! But it’s different from the English verb, because the “upp” has the same function as the “un” in “unpack”.
Becky: I see! So how would you say, “to pack”?
Elin: “To pack” in Swedish is “att packa”.
Becky: What about “I have to pack my bag”?
Elin: “Jag måste packa min väska”.
Becky: How would you say, “I’m just going to unpack my bag”.
Elin: That’s, “jag ska bara packa upp min väska”.
Becky: Great! What’s next?
Elin: Next is the preposition “efter”, which can mean “after”, when we’re talking about something that happened after something else in time.
Becky: David uses it in the dialogue - “yes, I had some time after work”.
Elin: It was, “ja, jag hade lite tid efter jobbet”.
Becky: Can we also use this preposition when we want to talk about things that happen after something else in a sequence, even though it’s not a sequence of time?
Elin: Yes, you could!
Becky: So how would I say, “Lisa stood behind Anna in the queue”?
Elin: “Lisa stog efter Anna i kön”.
Becky: Great! Now, let’s move on to the grammar!
GRAMMAR POINT
Elin: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use the Swedish verbs “att ställa” and “att lägga” correctly.
Becky: Great! But what do these verbs actually mean?
Elin: Well, both of them mean “to put”, but in Swedish they are used differently, depending on the object they are referring to.
Becky: Okay.
Elin: Understanding the meaning, and how to use the verbs “att ställa” and “att lägga”, can be a bit difficult for non-native speakers.
Becky: So that’s why we’re explaining it for you now, listeners! Where do we begin?
Elin: First, we need to look at two of the sentences from the dialog that included these verbs.
Becky: Hmm... one of them must be when David tells Emma, “put the milk in the fridge, please”.
Elin: That’s right. David says, “ställ in mjölken in kylen, är du snäll”.
Becky: The other sentence must be when David says, “will you put the bread in the freezer”?
Elin: Correct! David says, “lägger du brödet i frysen”.
Becky: I can tell that these sentences use different verbs, but I still don’t understand why.
Elin: Let me explain then! So, “att ställa” is used in the first sentence, while the second sentence uses “att lägga”.
Becky: Which one of these will we start with?
Elin: We’ll start with the verb “att ställa”, which can mean “to put”, but literally translates to “stands”.
Becky: You only use this verb when you talk about an object that’s supposed to be put in a vertical position, isn’t that right? So when David tells Emma,“put the milk in the fridge” he uses this verb, because he is talking about the milk, which is a package that most of the time is put in a vertical position.
Elin: That’s right! David says “att ställa” because he is referring to an object that’s put in a vertical position.
Becky: So I guess this would be the verb you’d use if you wanted to say, “I put the water bottle on the table”.
Elin: That’s right! That would be, “jag ställde vattenflaskan på bordet”.
Becky: Great, let’s get our listeners to repeat that one!
Elin: Sure! Listeners, repeat after me please.
Elin: “Jag ställde vattenflaskan på bordet”.
Becky: And how would you say “Karin puts the coffee cup on the tray”?
Elin: “Karin ställer kaffekopparna på brickan”. Listeners, repeat after me!
Elin: “Karin ställer kaffekopparna på brickan”.
Becky: Let’s try one more sentence before we move on. How would you say, “can you put all the flower pots in the shade”?
Elin: “Kan du ställa alla blomkrukor i skuggan”.
Becky: Listeners, repeat after Elin!
Elin: “Kan du ställa alla blomkrukor i skuggan”.
Becky: Now, let’s talk about the other word that also corresponds to the English “to put”.
Elin: That’s the verb “att lägga”, which literally translates to “lies”, and is used when we are talking about an object in a horizontal position.
Becky: Now I see! So in this lesson’s dialog, when David tells Emma to “put the bread in the freezer” he uses this verb because he is referring to the noun “bread”, which is an object that’s put in a horizontal position.
Elin: Correct!
Becky: So this is the verb I would use if I wanted to say, “don’t put the keys on the table”?
Elin: That’s right. And that’s, “lägg inte nycklarna på bordet”. Listeners, repeat after me.
Elin: “Lägg inte nycklarna på bordet”.
Becky: What about “where did you put your wallet”?
Elin: “Var har du lagt din plånbok”. Listeners, repeat after me!
Elin: “Var har du lagt din plånbok”.
Becky: Let’s try one more! How would you say, “You can put the report on my desk”?
Elin: “Du kan lägga rapporten på mitt skrivbord”.
Becky: Listeners, repeat after Elin!
Elin: “Du kan lägga rapporten på mitt skrivbord”.
Becky: Ok, remember to check the lesson notes to reinforce what you’ve learned.

Outro

Becky: Okay that’s it for this lesson. Thanks for listening everyone, and we’ll see you next time.
Elin: Hej då.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Let's practice with the verbs "att ställa" and "att lägga"!

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Sunday at 6:35 pm
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Hej Manu!


Great job! And great job correcting yourself!! :thumbsup:


You could also say "jag ställer vinflaskorna på bordet" :innocent:


Ha en jättebra dag! (Have a very nice day)

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Manu
Thursday at 8:36 am
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Ah! I made a mistake! I meant to say:


När jag kommer hem lägger jag nycklarna på skrivbordet.

Jag ställer vinflaskor på bordet.

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Manu
Thursday at 8:34 am
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Hej,


När jag kommer hem ställer jag nycklarna på skrivbordet.

Jag lägger vinflaskor på bordet.


Ha det så bra!


Manu