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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Swedish which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used 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.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Swedish. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + “how” commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Swedish

Questions Swedish Audio
How? Hur?
What? Vad?
When? När?
Where? Var?
Who? Vem?
Why? Varför?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs 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 Questions in a Sentence

Can I come? Kan jag komma?
Can I help you? Kan jag hjälpa dig?
Can you help me? Kan du hjälpa mig?
Do you know her? Känner du henne?
Do you speak English? Pratar du engelska?
How difficult is it? Hur svårt är det?
How far is this? Hur långt är det?
How much is this? Hur mycket kostar det?
How would you like to pay? Hur skulle du vilja betala?
What is this called? Vad kallas det här?
What is your name? Vad heter du?
What time is it? Hur mycket är klockan?
When can we meet? När kan vi mötas?
Where do you live? Var bor du?
Who is knocking at the door? Vem knackar på dörren?
Why is it expensive? Varför är det dyrt?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Swedish, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Swedish

Misunderstanding Swedish Audio
Can you repeat? var snäll och säg det en gång till
Can you speak slowly? var snäll och tala långsamt
Did you understand what I said? Förstod du vad jag sade?
Don’t worry! Oroa dig inte!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?) Ursäkta?
How do you say “OK” in French? Hur säger man “”okej”” på franska?
I don’t know! jag vet inte
I don’t understand! Jag förstår inte!
I need to practice my French Jag behöver öva på min franska
Is that right? Är det rätt?
Is that wrong? Är det fel?
Mistake misstag
My French is bad Min franska är dålig
No problem! Inga problem!
Quickly Snabbt/fort
Slowly Långsamt
Sorry (to apologize) Förlåt
To speak att tala
What does that word mean in English? Vad betyder det ordet på engelska?
What is this? Vad är detta?
What should I say? Vad borde jag säga?
What? Vad?
What’s that called in French? Vad heter det på franska?
Write it down please! var snäll och skriv ner det


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Daily Conversation in Swedish

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Swedish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Swedish

English Swedish Audio
This Det här
That Det där
Here Här
There Där
In The Morning På morgonen
In the evening På kvällen
At Night På natten
Really! Verkligen?
Look! Kolla!
Hurry up! Skynda dig!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Swedish about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Swedish Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Swedish homepage.

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