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13 Swedish words every visitor needs

When traveling, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the customs and words that the locals use. You never know when you may need something, and the only people around don’t understand English. These are important Swedish words to know before your trip to beautiful Sweden:

  1. Toalett: When the bathroom is calling you, it is imperative that you know the word to go to the bathroom. As you can see, the words are quite similar. It is pronounced the same way it looks… toawlet.
  2. Polisstation – Safety is always important when traveling. Knowing how to get help in an emergency is wise. The words are similar to ours, and it means police station, or you can just use cops. The only difference is the pronunciation s instead of c.
  3. Ambassaden: pronounced as seen, embasaden means embassy. In difficult times, it would be best to find the embassy where others of your nationality can guide you through the proper procedures.
  1. Marknaden: When you need food or drink, you may want a grocery store, or as this word means, a market. When you use marknaden, the locals will be happy to point you to the nearest market so you can buy the necessary supplies.
  2. Bussen – In some cases, public transportation is your best option. Pronounced boosen, this word means bus.
  3. Spårvagnen: You will speak this word as sporevagnen. This word also refers to public transport and means a tram.
  4. Ja: When you want to say yes to someone, you will use this word. Many foreigners actually use this word all the time, even in their native language. Note that it is pronounced already.
  1. Nej: Sometimes the answer is no and he will pronounce it as no. That’s all about it.
  2. Hjälp: If an emergency occurs, and the only word you can think of is “help”, this is the Swedish pronunciation. I just gave a yell. Memorize it by thinking of a dog that screams when in pain, maybe.
  3. Doktor: If you look closely, you will probably determine what the meaning of this word is. It means “doctor,” and it’s pronounced very similar to our English version. It shouldn’t be too difficult to memorize.
  4. Tack: Um, yeah, you’ll need this word a lot. Swedes basically don’t have a word for ‘please’. Tack (pronounced as seen) actually means “thank you,” and is used even in situations where we would say “please.” Just use it a lot and you will be treated in a friendly manner.
  1. Mitt Hotell: These two words mean my hotel. If you seem lost, you can bring a brochure or the name of your hotel. By using these words, a local will guide you in the right direction. It is pronounced as seen, so it sounds like “mit hotel.” A good one to remember for sure!
  2. Förlåt: There are those times when we need to apologize. Maybe you bumped into someone or spilled a drink. Förlåt means forgiveness, and is pronounced ‘fuhrlot’.

These important Swedish words should help you when you visit the great country of Sweden.

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