By Anastacia Sampson
Although many Swedes are fluent in English, for anyone to fully integrate into Sweden it is of a great support to learn the native main language.
Many of the consonants are exactly the same in Swedish as they are in English. However there are some exceptions in Swedish:
J is pronounced like the "y"in "yellow"
G is pronounced like the English "g"if it is followed by an a, o, or å;pronounced like the "y"in "yellow"if followed by an e, i, ä, or ö
K is pronounced like the English "k"if it is followed by an a, o, or å;pronounced like "sh"if followed by an e, i, ä, or ö
Rs is r, if followed by s is pronounced as "sh"
Y is the pronunciation falls between that of "oo"in "moose"and "y"in "any"(the trick: shape your mouth as if you were going to say "y"but then try to say "oo")
The following provides a basic idea of the pronunciation of vowels:
A is pronounced like the "aw"in "claw"
E is pronounced like the "e"in "fell"
I is pronounced like the "ee"in "fleece"
O is the pronunciation falls between that of "o"in "close"and "oo"in "moose"
U is pronounced like the "oo"in "moose"
Å is the pronunciation falls between that of "o"in "close"and "o"in "pot"
Ä is pronounced like the "a"in "apple"
Ö is pronounced like the "u"in "full"
The following are some basic greetings:
Goodbye: Adjö/Hej då.
Thank you: Tack.
That's fine: Det är bra.
You are welcome: Varsågod
Excuse me (sorry): Ursäkta mig/Förlåt
Do you speak English?: Talar du engelska?
I don't understand: Jog förstår inte.
How much is it?: Hur mycket kostar den?
What's your name?: Vad heter du?
My name is …: Jag heter …
While interacting with a Swede, or while being in Sweden it may be worthwhile knowing some Swedish Small Talk
Where is the …?: Var finns …?
Bus stop: busshållplatsen
Train station: tågstationen
What time does the …leave/arrive?: Nar avgar/kommer?
Bus (city): bussen
No vacancies: fullt
Police station: polisstation
Rooms available: lediga rum
To find direction around a Swedish town, knowing the name of your destination in Sweden can be of a great assistance.
City centre: centrum
… embassy: … ambassaden
My hotel: mitt hotell
Post office: postkontoret
Public telephone: offentlig telefon
Public toilet: offentlig toalett
Tourist office: turistinformation
What time does it open/close?: när öppnar/stänger de?
(Strong) beer: starköl
Swedish Times &Dates
What time is it?: Vad ar klockan?
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