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is related with
and very close to Norwegian and Danish. Swedes, Norwegians and Danes normally understand each other. Swedes under the age of 60 normally has English as a second language and has studied English for several years in school.
Swedish and English words are often quite similar which means that an English-speaking person can understand a lot reading Swedish. But there are many false friends. Below you will find a sample of them that spelled means something else.
And here are a few that pronounces the same way to be aware of:
is the swedish word for chef,
means a dot and
pronounces as swedish for feces, excrement
God - Delicious - Sabroso
God morgon - Good morning - Buenos dias
God eftermiddag - Good afternoon
God kväll - Good evening - Buenos noches
God natt - Good night - Buenos noches
Hej då - Goodbye - Adios
Tack - Thank you - Gracias
Varsågod - You're welcome - De nada
Hur mår du - How are you? - Como estas?
Bra - Fine - Bien
Fika - Coffee break - Café
Språket = Language
Upptäck - Discover - Discubrir
Logon - Good enough for me - Esta bien para mi
God Jul och Gott Nytt År! - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Ovän - someone who is not your friend
Vacker = Beautiful
Du är i våra tankar och hjärtan = You are in our thoughts and hearts
Gökotta = Getting up early specifically to go outside and listen to birdsong. (
Kissnödig - in need of a toilet (literally means “pee-needy”)
Gå inte över ån efter vatten - You don't need to cross the river to get water
Människor som inte lyssnar med alla sina sinnen, hör inte - People who do not listen with all their senses will not hear - La gente quien escucha con todos sus sentidos no escuchan
Tomma tunnor skramlar mest - Empty barrels make the most noise. (People who listen know a lot, and people who talk a lot know less.)
? - Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow
? - The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
English in Sweden
- The long-term Swedish love affair with the English language continues unabated, so much so that Swedish—as well as five other national minority languages—have been given a legislative boost, to encourage and increase their standing at home.
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