Learning Swedish Prepositions and Directions

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This first lesson teaches many important aspect of Swedish like prepositions, vocabulary list about directions and finally common phrases about how to introduce yourself. 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.


Prepositions are used in almost every sentence. They can be a great tool to link words with each other. For example by simply knowing how to use “to”, “with”, “from”, “after” you can expand your conversation scope. In short, a preposition describes a relationship between words in a sentence, for example: I agree with you.

Below is a list of 27 prepositions that 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.

Prepositions List in Swedish

Prepositions Swedish Audio
In front of framför
Behind bakom
Before före, innan
After efter
Inside inuti
With med
Without utan
Outside utanför
On top of ovanpå
Under under
About (in regards to) om
Against Emot
And och
As (similar to) som
Between mellan
But men
For för
From från
In i
Instead of i stället för
Near Nära
Of av
Or eller
Since sedan
To Dricks
Until tills

Now we will try to implement some of the prepositions above into full Swedish sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Swedish Prepositions in a Sentence

English Swedish Audio
Can I practice Italian with you? Kan jag träna italienska med dig?
I speak French but with an accent Jag pratar franska, men med brytning
I was born in Miami Jag föddes i Miami
I’m from Japan Jag är från Japan
The letter is inside the book Brevet är inuti boken
The pen is under the desk Pennan är under bordet
Can I help you? Kan jag hjälpa dig?


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Vocabulary List about Directions

Below is a list of 28 words and sentences related to directions that you might need when lost or asking for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to travel from point A to point B by following directions.

Giving Directions in Swedish

Directions Swedish Audio
Can you help me? Kan du hjälpa mig?
Can you show me? Kan du visa mig?
Come with me! Kom med mig!
Downtown (city center) Centrum
Excuse me! (to ask someone) Ursäkta mig!
Go straight Gå rakt fram
How can I get to the museum? Hur kommer jag till museet?
How long does it take to get there? Hur långt tid tar det dit?
I’m lost Jag vet inte var jag är
I’m not from here Jag är inte härifrån
It’s far from here Det är långt bort
It’s near here Det är nära
One moment please! Ett ögonblick är du snäll
Turn left Sväng vänster
Turn right Sväng höger
Far Långt
Here här
Left Vänster
Right Höger
Near nära
Straight Rakt
There där
To drive till
To turn Att svänga
To walk Att gå
Traffic light Trafikljus
Transportation Transport


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Daily Conversation in Swedish

Finally, a couple sentences to help you know how to introduce yourself in Swedish. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Swedish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Swedish

English Swedish Audio
Do you speak English? Pratar du engelska?
Just a little Bara lite
What’s your name? Vad är ditt namn?
My name is (John Doe) Mitt namn är
Mr… / Mrs. … / Miss… Herr…/Fru…/Fröken…
Nice to meet you! Trevligt att träffas
You’re very kind! Du är väldigt snäll

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Congratulations! You finished your 4th lesson in Swedish about prepositions, and directions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Swedish Lesson 5. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Swedish homepage.

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