Introduction to Swedish: 23

So we know how to talk about needing (att behöva), wanting (att vilja), having (att ha) and so on. The problem is, we can’t use this knowledge fully until we learn to talk about the things that we are doing. For this reason, let’s do so: we will also be learning words that are similar to those in English.

Swedish for a house is ett hus.

Look at this ett from ett hus. This is the same et from det (it is shortened a bit in det because it is always shortened unless it stands as the word for a). And in this case, this ett actually does stand for a.

You could say:

  1. "Will" was "ska", remember?
  2. Put "et" right after "hus" (without any spaces).
  3. Remember you are saying "the time".
  4. Think carefully whether it is "det" or "den" this time.
  5. Just put "good" and "night" together.
  6. Use the word "hjäjpa".
  7. Use "handhun" to remember the word for "he".
  8. Remember that "the car" is just one word. And, again, "England" is "England".
  9. Use the same word order as in English.
  10. Literally: "what want you?"
  11. Literally: "what have you?"
  12. Use the same word order as in English. From was "från".
  13. Don't forget to make "house" into "the house".
  14. Use the word order "why speak you Swedish?"
  15. Literally: "how want you do it?" Remember the double "l" in "vill".
  16. Remember that this is literally "how have you it?" The word "how" was "hur".
  17. This is "I have it good, thanks".
  18. You are saying "have it so good", and using the word "bra" instead of "god". The imperative word for "have" is only two letters long, and comes from the infinitive form.
  19. Do you remember that "hi" was "hej"? Also, you are asking "how have you it?" (Remember that "how" was "hur".)
  20. You are saying "I have it good, thanks".
  21. The same word order as in English. "From" was "från", and where was "var".
  22. Sweden was "Sverige".
  23. Literally: "No, I speak not English."
  24. This sounds similar to "whatfor?"
  25. Your car comes with a bill, remember?
  26. Be careful to use "en" and "et" where appropriate.
  27. You will be saying "the car", thus add the right article to end the word.
  28. Use the word "vara" for "be". Be careful as to whether you use "det" or "den".
  29. This is, remember, literally "have it so good". Use the word "bra" for "good", and "så" for so.
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