The most intriguing thing I had in my mind before coming to Sweden was if I could survive in Sweden without any background in Swedish. The answer is Yes. Most of the Swedish people can easily understand and speak English. But it is fun to learn a new language and converse with people who speak a different language than you usually do.
The first time I fell in love with Swedish was during an open mic poetry event. The Swedish vocabulary and poetic rhythm made me interested in the language.
Here I present to you 5 common Swedish words that I use almost everyday.
Hej (Read Hey) is Hi/Hello in Swedish. It is the most commonly used word in mails and greetings.
2. Hej då
Hej då is goodbye in Swedish. You can see this in the exit boards of Ikea.
3. Tack så mycket
Tack så mycket means “Thank you so much”. Whenever someone helps you over with an assignment or assists you in finding the right bus back home, you can reply back by saying Tack så mycket or simply just Tack.
Ursäkta (Read: Ur-sek-ta) means “Excuse me”. Whenever you want someone’s attention towards you, while trying to interrupt the class to ask questions to the professor, we use the word Ursäkta.
After finishing our exams, KTH has a tradition of TentaPub (Afterexam celebrations). Everyone raises their glass to the end of the semester and chants “Skål”. Skål is “Cheers” in Swedish. It is used whenever you want to raise a toast.
So here is a list of words which I have frequently used and felt belonged within my Swedish friends. You will eventually catch up with the pronunciations and vocabulary.