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Common Interjections.

The Focus of this Lesson is How to Use Common Swedish Interjections.

''Va? Varför?''

'"What? Why?"'

The purpose of this lesson is to learn some useful and common Swedish interjections. Interjections are words through which you can express feelings and emotions, and we'll look at a couple of different situations and which interjections can be used in each of these. With interjections in general, it's good to think about matching your tone of voice in relation to the feeling or emotion you're trying to convey so that your response doesn't seem exaggerated, since people might think you're being sarcastic instead.

We'll first look at situations such as the one in this lesson's dialogue, that is, when we want to show that we're surprised over something we've heard or been told. Let's look at the interjections used to communicate this.

Examples from this dialogue:

  1. Va! "What!"
  2. Nä! "No way!"
  3. Lägg av! "Get out of here!"

All of the above interjections will come in handy in situations like when you're told some really juicy gossip or something you couldn't have imagined happening. Other common interjections that can serve the same purpose are the following.

  1. Oj! "Oh!"
  2. Nähä! "Really!"

Next, we'll look at some interjections that convey feelings of disgust:

  1. Usch! "Yuck!"
  2. Fy! "Eww!"
  3. Blä! "Ugh! Eww!"

These interjections, which convey a feeling of disgust, can be used in a variety of situations, for example, when you're told something you find repelling, when you smell something that smells bad, or when eating something you don't like the taste of. When we instead want to show that we like the taste of something or if we think something looks tasty, you could instead use the interjection mums ("yummy").

Finally, we'll also look at two interjections we can use when we want to show that we're indifferent to something we're told or that there is nothing much we can do or say.

  1. Jaja. "Well, well."
  2. Jaha. "Oh well."
  3. Än sen! "So what!" 

Take some time to dive into these other pages after completing this lesson: Future Tense, Learn Swedish Sentense Structure. Subject, Verb and object., How to Use Be & Gender of nouns.

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