Easiest Swedish Phrases

Easiest Swedish Phrases feature words similar to English that will enable you to understand what is meant.

Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

After single words in Swedish spelled like English, a good next step is short phrases of several words similar to English. To keep it easiest, these are phrases but not sentences, as are in Phrase Books for Travel. Sentences have too many words to deal with when you are just beginning.

From the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other Swedish connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other Swedish words.

Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar Swedish word. Many are like phrases in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

These phrases in Swedish are followed by the English words that would be a good guess using as clues the Swedish words similar to English. So as a result these are rough translations of the Swedish phrases, which may not be the exact meanings, but will be close enough that you could deduce what is meant.

After the Swedish and English versions of each phrase is the pronunciation of the Swedish phrase.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use on your trip to Sweden, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. Try to guess what each Swedish phrase means without looking at the rough English version. See how far down the list you can get.

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EASIEST SWEDISH PHRASES

SWEDISH – ENGLISH -- [SAY]

alkoholfri dryk -- alcohol-free drink -- [al-ko-HOAL-‘free’ drewk]

allergisk mot penicillin -- allergic to penicillin -- [a-lehr-GIHSK moat pehn-eh-sih-LEEN]

allergisk mot antibiotika -- allergic to antibiotics -- [a-lehr-GIHSK moat an-tih-bee-OA-tee-ka]

allergisk reaction -- allergic reaction -- [a-lehr-GIHSK ree-ak-SHOAN]

antiseptisk salva -- antiseptic salve -- [an-tih-SEHP-tihsk sal-va]

botaniska trädgården -- botanical garden -- [boa-TAN-ihs-ska TRAIRD-goar-dehn

campingplats i närheten -- camping place near here -- [KAM-ping-plats ee NAIR-hee-tehn]

böcker på engelska -- books in English -- [BUR-kehr poa EHNG-ehl-ska]

bokat ett rum -- book a room -- [BOH-kat eht ruhm]

bokat en tid -- book a time -- [BOH-kat ehn teed]

checka ut -- check out -- [SHEH-ka eut]

digitala foton -- digital photos -- [dih-gih-TAH-la foh-TOAN]

en kopp kaffe -- a cup of coffee -- [ehn kohp KA-fer]

en kopp te -- a cup of tea -- [ehn kohp ‘tea’]

en kopp te med mjölk -- a cup of tea with milk -- [ehn kohp ‘tea’ meed myuhlk]

en kopp thé med mjölk -- a cup of tea with milk -- [ehn kohp ‘tea’ meed myuhlk]

en kopp kaffe med utan koffein -- a cup of coffee without caffeine -- [ehn kohp KA-fer meed eu-tan koh-FEEN]

en miljon -- one million -- [ehn mihl-YOAN]

ett glas rött vin -- a glass of red wine -- [eht glahs ruhrt veen]

ett glas vitt vin -- a glass of white wine -- [eht glahs viht veen]

flyg nummer -- flight number -- [flewg neum-mer]

flyget till New York -- flight to New York -- [flew-geht til "New York"]

för en dag -- for a day -- [furr ehn dahg]

för en konferens -- for a conference -- [furr ehn kohn-fehr-ANS ]

för en person -- for one person -- [furr ehn pehr-SHOAN]

för en vecka -- for one week -- [furr ehn VEH-ka]

för ett seminarium -- for a seminar -- [furr eht sehm-i-NAH-ree-uhm]

för souvenirer -- for souvenirs -- [furr seu-veh-NEE-rehr]

for three nights -- för tre nätter -- [furr tree NEH-ter]

for two persons -- för två personer -- [furr tvoa pehr-SHOAN-ehr]

första bussen till Stockholm -- first bus to Stockholm -- [FURS-ta BUHS-ehn tihl ‘Stockholm’]

första klass -- first class -- [ehn FURS-ta klas]

från USA -- from the USA -- [froan eu ehs ah]

fyra dörrar -- four door -- [FEW-rar DUR-rar]

gå på toaletten -- go to the toilet (restroom) -- [‘go’ poa toa-ah-leht-tehn]

halvt kilo -- half kilo -- [halv ‘kilo’]

halvt liter -- half liter -- [halv ‘liter’]

handikappan toalett -- handicapped toilet -- [HAND-ee-kap-an toa-ah-LEHT]

hjälpa mig -- help me -- [YEHL-pa may]

hotel i närheten -- hotel near here -- [‘hotel’ ee NAIR-hee-tehn]

hotel i Stockholm -- hotel in Stockholm -- [‘hotel’ ee Stockholm]

Hur länge? -- How long? -- [heur LEHNG-er]

Hur långt? -- How long? -- [heur loangt]

hur mycket -- how much -- [heur MEW-ker]

husets vin -- house wine -- [HEU-sehts veen]

i en turistgrupp -- in a tourist group -- [ee ehn teu-RIHST-greupp]

i Stockholm -- in Stockholm -- [ee ‘Stockholm’]

information om -- information on -- [ihn-for-ma-SHOAN om]

information om en sightseeingtur -- information on a sightseeing tour -- [ihn-for-ma-SHOAN om ehn “sightseeing”-teur]

kaffe med utan koffein -- coffee without caffeine -- [KA-fer meed eu-tan koh-FEEN]

kemiska toaletten -- chemical toilet -- [SHEH-mihs-ka toh-a-LEH-tehn]

klassisk musik -- classical music -- [KLAS-sisk meu-SEEK]

klubb med livemusik -- club with live music -- [‘club’ meed ‘live’-meu-SEEK]

klubb med lokal musik -- club with local music -- [‘club’ meed lo-KAHL meu-SEEK]

komma här -- come here -- [KOH-ma hair]

komma till telefonen -- come to the telephone -- [KOH-ma tihl teh-leh-FOAN-ehn]

liftpass för en dag -- lift pass for a day -- [‘lift pass’ furr ehn dahg]

logga in -- log in -- [LOH-gah ‘in’]

logga ut -- log out -- [LOH-gah eut]

lokal musik -- local music -- [lo-KAHL meu-SEEK]

med badrum -- with (a) bathroom -- [meed bahd-ruhm]

med kreditkort -- with a credit card -- [meed kreh-DEET-koart]

med rumservice -- with room service -- [meed ruhm sehr-VIHS]

meny på engelska -- menu in english -- [meh-NEU poa ehng-ehl-ska]

min e-postadress -- my e-mail address -- [mihn ee-POST-ad-REHS]

min familj -- my family -- [mhn fa-MIHL]

mina kreditkort -- my credit card -- [MEE-na kreh-DEET-koart]

mitt nummer -- my number -- [miht NUHM-ehr]

mitt telefonnummer -- my telephone number -- [miht teh-leh-FOAN-nuhm-ehr]

närmaste park -- nearest park -- [NAIR-mas-teh ‘park’]

nästa flyg -- next flight -- [NEHS-ta flewg]

öppna dörren -- open the door -- [URP-na DUR-rehn]

över natten -- over night -- [UR-vehr NA-tehn]

paketet med express -- package by express -- [pa-KEE-teht meed EX-press]

parkera här -- park here -- [par-kee-ra hair]

parkering förbjuden -- parking forbidden -- [par-KEE-ring ]

parkeringplats i närheten -- parking place near here -- [par-KEE-ring-plats ee NAIR-hee-tehn]

per dag -- per day -- [pair dahg]

per kilometer -- per kilometer -- [pair chee-loh-MEE-ter]

per vecka -- per week -- [pair VEH-ka]

plattformen till Stolkholm -- platform to Stockholm -- [PLAT-fohr-mehn tihl Stockholm]

plattform tre -- platform three -- [PLAT-fohrm tree]

pub i närheten -- pub near here -- [peub ee NAIR-hee-tehn]

rekommendera ett hotel -- recommend a hotel -- [reh-koh-mehn-DEE-ra eht ‘hotel’]

rekommendera ett kafé -- recommend a cafe -- [reh-koh-mehn-DEE-ra eht ‘cafe’]

rekommendera en restaurang -- recommend a restaurant -- [reh-koh-mehn-DEE-ra ehn rehs-teu-RANG]

rekommendera en sightseeingtur -- recommend a sightseeing tour -- [reh-koh-mehn-DEE-ra ehn “sightseeing”-teur]

restaurang i närheten -- restaurant near here -- [rehs-teu-RANG ee NAIR-hee-tehn]

rött vin -- red wine -- [ruhrt veen]

sitta där -- sit there -- [SIHT-a dair]

sitta här -- sit here -- [SIHT-a hair]

snowboard för en dag -- snowboard for a day -- [‘snowboard’ furr ehn dahg]

ta foton -- take photos -- [tah FOA-tohn]

te med mjölk -- tea with milk -- [‘tea’ meed myuhlk]

thé med mjölk -- tea with milk -- [‘tea’ meed myuhlk

tur på engelska -- tour in English -- [teur poa EHNG-ehl-ska]

turist klass -- tourist class -- [tuh-RIHST klas]

två dörrar -- two door -- [tvoa DUR-rar]

under här -- under here -- [‘under’ har]

vaginal infektion -- vaginal infection -- [va-gih-NAHL in-fehk-SHOAN]

vitt vin -- white wine -- [viht veen]

vodka med tonic -- vodka (with) tonic -- [‘vodka’ meed ‘tonic’]

vodka med vatten -- vodka (with) water -- [‘vodka’ meed VA-tehrn]

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PHRASES IN A DIFFERENT WORD ORDER

Some Swedish phrases have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.

SWEDISH – ENGLISH -- [SAY]

klockan tre -- three o’clock -- [KLOH-kan tree]

till klockan tre -- till three o’clock -- [‘till’ KLOH-kan tree]

vaxning av bikinilinjen -- bikini wax -- [VAKS-nihng afv beh-KEE-nee-LEEN-yehn]

vaxning av ögenbrynen -- eyebrow wax -- [VAKS-nihng afv UR-gonn-brew-nehn]

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SWEDISH WORD EQUALS ENGLISH PHRASE

In some cases, one word in Swedish is similar to a two word phrase in English.

For English speakers this produces the problem of pronouncing longer words in Swedish without the usual break between words in English.

SWEDISH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY SWEDISH]

alkoholfri -- alcohol-free -- [al-ko-HOAL-‘free’]

aluminiumfolie -- aluminum foil -- [ah-leu-mee-nee-um-foh-lyer]

biffstek -- beef steak -- [BIHF-steek]

businesscentret -- business center -- [‘business’-sehn-treht]

bussterminalen -- bus terminal -- [BUS-tehr-mih-NAHL-ehn]

campingplats -- camping place -- [KAM-ping-plats]

dessertvin -- dessert wine -- [deh-SAIR-veen]

drinklistan -- drink list -- [ ‘DRINK’-lis-tan]

dubbelrum -- double room -- [‘double’-ruhm]

e-postadress -- e-mail address -- [ee-POST-ad-REHS]

faxnummer -- fax number -- [ ‘fax’-NUHM-ehr]

fruktjuice -- fruit juice -- [FRUHKT-yoas]

fruktsallad -- fruit salad -- [FRUHKT-‘salad’]

golfklubbor -- golf clubs -- [‘GOLF’-kluh-bohr]

hårspray -- hair spray -- [HOAR-‘spray’]

hjärproblem -- heart problem -- [yairt-proa-BLEEM]

insektbett -- insect bite -- [in-SEKT-beht]

internetkafé -- internet café -- [in-ter-NET-‘cafe’]

kiwifrukt -- kiwi fruit -- [KEE-vee-fruhkt]

konferensrummet -- conference room -- [kohn-feh-RANS-ruhm-eht]

kontaktlins -- contact lens -- [kohn-TAKT-lihns]

kreditkort -- credit card -- [kreh-DEET-koart]

laktosintolerant -- lactose Intolerant -- [lak-TOAS-in-toh-leh-RANT]

livbåt -- life boat

livemusik -- live music -- [ ‘live’-meu-SEEK]

mineralvatten -- mineral water -- [mihn-eh-RAHL-va-tehrn]

mobiltelefonen -- mobile (cell) telephone -- [mo-BEEL-teh-leh-FOA-nen]

nagelfil -- nail file -- [NAH-gehl-feel]

nagelvårdssalong -- nail salon -- [NAH-gehl-voards-sa-loang

naturreservatet -- nature preserve -- [na-TEUR-res-her-VAH-teht]

parkeringplats -- parking place -- [par-KEE-ring-plats]

potatissallad -- potato sallad -- [poa-TAH-tihs-‘salad’]

potatissoppa -- potato soup -- [poa-TAH-tihs-SOHP-a]

rostbiff -- roast beef -- [‘roast’-bihf]

rumpstek -- rump steak -- [‘RUMP’-steek]

rumservice -- room service -- [ruhm sehr-VIHS]

sightseeingtur -- sightseeing tour -- [“sightseeing”-teur]

sodavatten -- soda water -- [‘soda’-va-tehrn]

sommarhotel -- summer hotel -- [soh-mar-‘hotel’]

souvenirbutiken -- souvenir boutique -- [ ‘souvenir’-buh-tee-kehn]

T-benstek -- T-bone steak -- [‘T’-been-steek]

telefonkort -- telephone card -- [teh-leh-FOAN-koart]

telefonnummer -- telephone number -- [teh-leh-FOAN-nuhm-ehr]

tennismatchen -- tennis match -- [ ‘tennis’-mash-chehn]

toalettpapper -- toilet paper -- [toh-a-LEHT-pa-pehr]

tomatsoppa -- tomato soup -- [toa-MAHT-sohp-a]

tonfisk -- tuna fish -- [TOAN-fihsk]

turer på engelska -- tour in English -- [teur poa EHNG-ehl-ska]

turistgrupp -- tourist group -- [teu-RIHST-greupp]

turistinformationen -- tourist information -- [teu-RIHST-ihn-for-ma-SHOAN-ehn]

väderleksrapporten -- weather report -- [VAIR-dehr-leeks-ra-POHR-tehn]

varmchoklad -- warm (hot) chocolate -- [varm-shoa-KLAHD]

varmvatten -- warm (hot) water -- [varmt-va-tehrn]

vattenfallet -- waterfall -- [VA-tehrn-‘fall’]

vattenskidor -- water skis -- [VA-tehrn-shee-dohr]

vinlistan -- wine list -- [VEEN-lis-tan]

DIFFERENT ORDER

incheckingen -- check-in -- [in-SHECK-nihng-ehn]

evenemangsprogram -- program of events -- [eh-vehn-eh-MANGS-‘program’]

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