Learning Swedish (Past Tense )

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Swedish. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page Swedish Classes.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Swedish, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in Swedish

Past Swedish Audio
I saw you Jag såg dig
I wrote with a pen Jag skrev med en penna
You loved apples Du älskade äpplen
You gave money Du gav pengar
You played tennis Du spelade tennis
He read (past tense) a book Han läste en bok
He understood me Han förstod mig
She had a cat Hon hade en katt
She knew my friend Hon kände min vän
We wanted to learn Vi ville lära oss
We thought Spanish is easy Vi trodde att spanska var enkelt
You (plural) worked here Ni jobbade här
You (plural) spoke French Ni talade franska
They drove a car De körde en bil
They smiled De log


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List of Colors in Swedish

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Swedish

Colors Swedish Audio
Black svart
Blue blå
Brown brun
Colors färger
Dark color mörk färg
Gray grå
Green grön
Light color ljus färg
Orange orange
Red röd
White vit
Yellow gul


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Daily Conversation in Swedish

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Swedish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Swedish

English Swedish Audio
Black is his favorite color Svart är hans favoritfärg.
I have black hair Jag har svart hår.
Red is not his favorite color Röd är inte hans favoritfärg
She drives a yellow car Hon kör en gul bil.
The sky is blue Himlen är blå
Your cat is white Din katt är vit
I enjoyed myself very much Jag hade det väldigt trevligt
I agree with you Jag håller med dig
Are you sure? Är du säker?
Be careful! Var försiktig!
Cheers! Skål!
Would you like to go for a walk? Skulle du vilja gå på en promenad?

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Swedish about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Swedish Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Swedish homepage.

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