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Swedish Vocabulary → Introduction to Swedish → Greeting people

One of the first steps in learning a new language is to know how to properly greet people. In this lesson, we will learn how to say hello and introduce ourselves in Swedish.

Consider broadening your understanding by checking out these related lessons: Nature & Drinks.

Basic Greetings[edit | edit source]

Let's start with some basic greetings that you can use in different situations:

Swedish Pronunciation English Translation
Hej [hej] Hello/Hi
God dag [ɡʊd daːɡ] Good day
God morgon [ɡʊd mɔrːɡɔn] Good morning
God kväll [ɡʊd kɛlː] Good evening
  • To be more informal, you can use "hej" to greet someone in any situation.
  • "God dag" is suitable for more formal situations and "god morgon" and "god kväll" are used depending on the time of day.

Introducing Yourself[edit | edit source]

After greeting someone, it's common to introduce yourself. Here are some ways to do it in Swedish:

Swedish Pronunciation English Translation
Jag heter... [jaːɡ ˈheːtɛr] My name is...
Mitt namn är... [mɪt namːn ɛr] My name is...
Jag är... [jaːɡ eːr] I am...
Får jag presentera mig? [fo:r jag prɛsɛnte:ra mej] May I introduce myself?
  • "Jag heter..." and "Mitt namn är..." both mean "my name is" and are interchangeable.
  • "Jag är..." means "I am..." and can be followed by your occupation or nationality, for example.
  • "Får jag presentera mig?" can be used to ask for permission to introduce yourself.

Other Useful Phrases[edit | edit source]

Here are some additional phrases that could be helpful in everyday conversation:

  • "Hur mår du?" means "how are you?" and can be used to ask about a person's well-being.
  • "Trevligt att träffas" means "nice to meet you" and is often used after introducing oneself.
  • "Tack" means "thank you" and is a common word to use in Sweden.
  • "Ha en bra dag" means "have a good day" and is a polite way to end a conversation.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don't be afraid to use these phrases often and continue using them until you're comfortable.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Now you know some basic greetings and phrases to introduce yourself in Swedish. Keep practicing and make sure to pay attention to pronunciation. In the next lesson, we will learn how to say goodbye in Swedish and end a conversation politely.

Sources[edit | edit source]

Upon wrapping up this lesson, take a look at these related pages: How to say Good Bye? & Transportation.

Videos[edit | edit source]

The Sound of the Swedish language (Numbers, Greetings, Words ...[edit | edit source]

Swedish Greetings - YouTube[edit | edit source]

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