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Transcript of Svenska
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names"
Do you know anyone called
Well... let's hope you don't forget to call him
(mountain) should be pronounced like
There are 1558 Swedish words you already know
1558 words, terms, or acronyms are identical cognates (in spelling, but not necessary in meaning) in both the Swedish and English languages.
Words include country names such as England, Columbia, and Argentina, religion such as Baptism, Hinduism, Presbyterian and other more common terms such as liberal, pentagon, pilsner, Viking, accent, access, adapter, album, charter, dilemma, digital, donation, irritation, salt, socialist, tunnel, avocado tiger, and fusion along with many others. Most of these common words have Germanic, Latin or French roots; such as champagne, déjà vu or résumé.
Bryson, Bill. - "The Mother Tongue"
Words in common use:
This means, to learn fluent Swedish you only have 38,442 more words to memorize!
is it that easy?
... sometimes to sound "Swedish" it is enough to put a word stress in a wrong place...
... or do a small trick with last 4 letters ...
... or learn 3 additional Swedish letters and use 2 of them as words ...
Ö = ISLAND
Å = RIVER
... or sometimes it is like nothing to do ...
SEMESTER stands for hard work in studies
... well, maybe with some exceptions :-)
SEMESTER means a
In Sweden you will hear word BRA very often...
... because there it means GOOD
If you want to say "I am fast" ("Jag är FAST")...
... in Sweden it would mean your are FIXED
"I am full" ("Jag är FULL") may be taken as...
... "I am DRUNK" in Sweden
Gift is absolutelly not a gift in Sweden ...
... it means eigher you are MARRIED or POISON
there are only 2 genders in Swedish,
there is no clear rule for gender, so you will just need to learn it for every single word
80% of Swedish words are
-words and 20% are
-words, so if you don't know the correct gender, statistically you have higher chances to end with
NB! A bit of a boring grammar
Swedish nouns' logic is same as English - word can be eigher definite or indefinite (like
Bad news again:
to put a correct indefinite or definite form you will still need to learn the gender
Hmmm... some more bad news to come:
even if you learn the gender for singular, you will need to make an additional effort to learn words in plural.
Ok-ok! ...some other time maybe
bank = bank
penny = ör
Svenska for beginners: TEST
[Po en o ä en ö, o po ön ä en o]
On a river is an island, and on the island is a river
Do you like puzzles?
Then Swedish family relationships are for you.
NB! Watch out when pronouncing a Swedish name: it may give you a surprise :-)
I had one with a name
So here are some names you may have problems with...
And by now you are familiar with Swedish letter
, so you can correctly read surname
you should remove one letter:
is a special word in Swedish:
not too much, not too little
not too big, not too small
not too long, not too short
not too early, not too late
basically, just in the middle, just to be right
Sju söta sjösjuka sjuksköterskor seglar med segelskepp till Shanghaj
Seven cute seasick nurses sail on a sailship to Shanghai
TEST: say the following phrase