Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken natively by 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden and in parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish.
Swedish belongs to the East Scandinavian group of North Germanic languages. Until World War II, it was also spoken in parts of Estonia and Latvia. Swedish was spoken by about eight million Swedes in the early 21st century. It is closely related to Norwegian and Danish.
It is definitely not an easy language to learn, mainly because of the pronunciation, but it is always nice to know some words if you come on a holiday to Sweden, so today, we´ll share the most important and basic phrases and vocals with you.
|How are you?||Hur mår du?|
|My name is ______ .||Jag heter ______ .|
Here we explain also some typical Swedish words which you can´t translate:
Swedes pride themselves on the word fika. It means to have a cup of tea or coffee, maybe some cake, and to have a good old chat.
If you haven’t tried of the international lagom hype yet, here’s your chance. This word, which means “not too little, not too much… but just right” is the be-all and end-all of Swedish unique words. Swedes are so proud of this word that it could be the country slogan. “Optimal”, “adequate”, or “sufficient” could be fair translations, but then you’d have to deal with the wrath of the Swedes.
In Sweden (and some other countries such as Germany and Norway), you pay a deposit on plastic bottles and cans that get refunded when you later bring the containers to the recycling station.
People trudging to the supermarket with their plastic bags full of cans and bottles is thus a common sight, and there is even a word for it: to panta.
This is a weather condition that is determined by the fact that it blows, the expression can also be used in figurative meaning.
This very common verb roughly translates to ‘having energy’. So if you spring up the stairs you say, Jag orkar att gå uppför trapporna (‘I have the energy to go up the stairs’).
This mean to close your eyes, or turn a blind eye, or ignore.
Jobbig is one of those words that can mean a lot of different things, but essentially it can be applied to anything that is difficult, annoying, or tedious.