Basic Swedish Phrases to Know

A really quick list of Swedish phrases to know. Even though everyone our generation speaks English, it’s always nice to throw a few words in here and there in Swedish. Be sure to be clear on enunciating Swedish words.

ja – yes
nej – no

tack – please (used at the end of a sentence); thanks, thank you
tack så mycket – thank you very much
varsågod – you’re welcome

hej or hej hej – hi, hello
hejsan – hi (informal)

god dag – hello; goodbye (literally: good day; can be used any time from morning until around 5pm)
god morgon – good morning (used until around 11am)
god middag – good afternoon (used around noon)
god kväll – good evening (used from around 5pm)

välkommen! – welcome!
välkommen till … – welcome to …

hej or hej hej – bye
hejdå – goodbye
god natt – goodnight
vi ses! – see you! (informal)
vi ses snart! – see you soon!
vi ses senare! – see you later!
ha en bra dag! – have a good day!

ursäkta mig – excuse me (to get someone’s attention or to get past someone); sorry
förlåt – sorry
inga problem – no problem
det gör inget – don’t worry about it

pratar du engelska? – do you speak English?

jag pratar inte svenska – I don’t speak Swedish
jag pratar lite svenska – I speak a little Swedish
jag pratar väldigt lite svenska – I only speak very little Swedish

var snäll och prata långsammare – please speak more slowly
kan du säga det igen? – could you please repeat that?

jag förstår – I understand
jag förstår inte – I don’t understand

jag vet – I know
jag vet inte – I don’t know

var är toaletten? – where is the toilet, please?

How much is a ticket to _____? Vad kostar en biljett till _____?
One ticket to _____, please. En biljett till _____, tack.
Where does this train go? Vart går detta tåg ?
Where does this bus go? Vart går denna buss?
Where is the train/bus to _____? Var är tåget/bussen till _____?
Does this train/bus stop in _____? Stannar tåget/bussen i_____?
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? När åker tåget/bussen till_____?
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? När kommer tåget/bussen till_____?

18 thoughts on “Basic Swedish Phrases to Know”

  1. Some other important ones!

    “Är du gift?” – Are you married?
    “Kommer du att köpa mig en öl?” – Will you buy me a beer?

  2. “Kommer du att köpa mig en öl?” – Will you buy me a beer?
    Very important….to remember..:)))

  3. @ Andrew, who the heck would you say that to? I heard Swedish guys don’t buy drinks for women, and anyway, woman don’t ‘ask’ for a guy to buy them a drink, they just ‘hope’ :) hahah

  4. @Juni – I’d ask her to buy me a drink! Since Sweden is so big in ‘equal rights’, it’s only fair. Plus, it’s a great pickup line: *Waiting at the bar, see some chicky and want to flirt with her* “Hey, I’m drinking Staropramen. Wanna buy me one?” She’ll probably laugh (catches her off guard, and in English… Perhaps you’ll get hit, but it’s physical contact!!), but you got an opening!

  5. I never use, nor do I ever hear anyone say, god middag or god kväll. I believe it’s old fashioned. It’s god morgon, or just morgon or “morrn”, and then it’s “ses”, hej and god natt. :)

  6. I never heard anyone say god middag or god kväll either, unless they were a 100 years old.

    Btw, have you been hearing more people say “ni” instead of “du” recently? I’ve gotten a few “ni” when at the store; seems that some people are reverting back to formalities.

  7. Am I being dozy where’s the thread about learning Swedish gone with the hilarious simple Swedish vid??

    Have a qu about how to pronounce ‘berg’ in Swedish. Have noticed on Wallander (big fan) that the character name Nyberg is said ‘Nybay’ do we Brits therefore say it wrong where we make it rhyme with purg as in purgatory (sorry couldn’t think of better example – it’s quite hard trying to write about sound).

  8. It’s pronounced “berry” or “bari”..sounds like that to me.They roll their “R”s way too much over here. Can you roll your R’s Princess lol ? :P

    The lookout on the Titanic was Swedish.When he cried “Iceberry ICEBERRY!” They thought he was ordering a drink!

  9. @Dano – ah don’t fink Wallander rolls his r’s much. Is that bari as in Italian place – sounds like Barr-ee or Barry as in Barry Island or Barry Bethel (that’ll confuse them, hee hee). So should it be Ingrid/Ingmar Berryman?? God this is making English look simple!

  10. Kan du fleka upp dig sa jag far ta dig i roven? Lat mig dra ur den och spruta dig i pannan. That basically translates to: Darling, let me see your beautful face. You look lovely tonight, may I have the next dance.

  11. @Ronke – hmm, sounds like something an Arab or slimy Italian would say! The first bit anyway.Unless you’ve been staring at her arse and boobs all night (arse and bulge if a guy)then you’ve already seen her “beautiful face”! It also sounds really “corny”, and i’d expect her and her friends to fall about laughing!
    The 2nd part might work though.

  12. Hmm..ok so i haven’t started my Swedish schooling yet! Called the girlfriend over to she’s all horny and making eyes at me..Ronke you wanker!!!
    Hopefully lots of slimy Arabs and Italians have already learnt it and are out being arrested as we speak!
    Twat! :(

    Thanks Oscar lol.

  13. Groggluder – Cocktailwhore (A girl who fools guys in to thinking their going to get laid, so that they will buy cocktails for her)

    This word is a piece in the puzzle of solving the question why swedish men don’t buy drinks for women.

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