Part of the series The Scandinavian Languages
First, some Swedish pronunciation tips for your Swedish phrases:
Most consonants are exactly the same in Swedish as they are in English. There are some exceptions in Swedish:
j: pronounced like the "y" in "yellow"
g: pronounced like the English "g" if it is followed by an a, o, or å; pronounced like the "y" in "yellow" if followed by an e, i, ä, or ö
k: pronounced like the English "k" if it is followed by an a, o, or å; pronounced like "sh" if followed by an e, i, ä, or ö
rs: r followed by s is pronounced as "sh"
This provides a basic idea of the pronunciation of vowels:
a: pronounced like the "aw" in "claw"
e: pronounced like the "e" in "fell"
i: pronounced like the "ee" in "fleece"
o: the pronunciation falls between that of "o" in "close" and "oo" in "moose"
u: pronounced like the "oo" in "moose"
y: the pronunciation falls between that of "oo" in "moose" and "y" in "any" (the trick: shape your mouth as if you were going to say "y" but then try to say "oo")
å: the pronunciation falls between that of "o" in "close" and "o" in "pot"
ä: pronounced like the "a" in "apple"
ö: pronounced like the "u" in "full"
Goodbye: Adjö/Hej då.
Thank you: Tack.
That's fine: Det är bra.
You are welcome: Varsågod
Excuse me (sorry): Ursäkta mig/Förlåt
Do you speak English?: Talar du engelska?
I don't understand: Jag förstår inte.
How much is it?: Hur mycket kostar den?
What's your name?: Vad heter du?
My name is …: Jag heter …
Swedish Small Talk
Where is the …?: Var finns …?
Bus stop: busshållplatsen
Train station: tågstationen
What time does the …leave/arrive?: Nar avgar/kommer?
Bus (city): bussen
No vacancies: fullt
Police station: polisstation
Rooms available: lediga rum
City centre: centrum
… embassy: … ambassaden
my hotel: mitt hotell
post office: postkontoret
public telephone: offentlig telefon
public toilet: offentlig toalett
tourist office: turistinformation
what time does it open/close?: när öppnar/stänger de?
(strong) beer: starköl
Swedish Times & Dates
What time is it?: Vad ar klockan?
Go back to the overview The Scandinavian Languages where you can find more language tips and useful phrases for travelers!