Introduction to Swedish:
Lesson 1

Hej! Welcome to this free interactive Swedish course. We’ll start from scratch and teach some Swedish to you, and then we'll ask you to write certain things in Swedish in the form below. You’ll need to type in the answers before moving on.

Swedish comes from the same language family as English does, so it is very similar to English. Moreover, contrary to popular belief, Swedish is also pretty easy to learn for English speakers (just like Norwegian is, and slightly less so than Danish). Let’s try learning some.

Swedish for I is jag.
Swedish for to have is att ha.

It’s almost the same as in English just att is to and ha is have.

The next word is practically the same as well:

Swedish for it is det.

Look carefully at this word det: it ends with et. This et is neutral (you will learn what that means soon) and this et from neutral can also serve as the word for a or the. Well, to be precise, it actually turns into an ett for a, then but that’s just a slight change in writing.

What we need to know for now is that det means it. Another thing that you might be interested in knowing is that the t in det is never pronounced.

To put this all together, let’s learn the basic rule:

To turn the word for to do into a present tense form (I do, you do, etc.) you simply remove the word to (which is att in Swedish) and add an r on the end of the word.

This rule is a bit different for some words ending in a but it works for the most part, so you don’t have to worry about those right now.

Could you work out how to say:

I have it.

Answer: Jag har det.
Not correct. Please try again.