Introduction to Swedish: 42

The usual answer is I have it fine. You already know how to say that. However, for the answer to this question Swedishs traditionally use another word for good. Let’s learn it:

Another Swedish word for good or well is bra.

You can use both god and bra to mean good, but Swedes usually prefer to use bra. It is also used in phrases like I am doing good. You could think of bra as the word for good, fine and well, while god is simply good. How would you answer to the question:

  1. This is "I have it good, thanks".
  2. 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.
  3. Do you remember that "hi" was "hej"? Also, you are asking "how have you it?" (Remember that "how" was "hur".)
  4. You are saying "I have it good, thanks".
  5. The same word order as in English. "From" was "från", and where was "var".
  6. Sweden was "Sverige".
  7. Literally: "No, I speak not English."
  8. This sounds similar to "whatfor?"
  9. Your car comes with a bill, remember?
  10. Be careful to use "en" and "et" where appropriate.
  11. You will be saying "the car", thus add the right article to end the word.
  12. Use the word "vara" for "be". Be careful as to whether you use "det" or "den".
  13. This is, remember, literally "have it so good". Use the word "bra" for "good", and "så" for so.
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