As a beginning learner, it can be tempting to merely translate words into Swedish, but learning a language is about more than quick conversions of one word to another. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the sounds of the language, you should begin to learn the common phrases that are building blocks of conversations. Here are some of the more common expressions you’ll hear in Swedish:
• Ursäkta Excuse me
• Förlåt = Sorry
• Det är bra = That’s fine
• Hur mår du? = How are you?
• Vad heter du? = What’s your name?
• Jag heter… = My Name is…
• Tack = Thanks!
• God Morgon = Good morning
• Hej Då = Goodbye
• Snälla = Please
• Vad kostar den? = How much is this?
• Vecka = Week
• Jag älskar Sverige! = I love Sweden!
Using the Rosetta Stone Dynamic Immersion® methodology, you’ll learn to speak the language, not just memorize the words. What makes it effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with confidence.
When first tackling Swedish, focus on cognates first. Because of the thousands of cognates, English speakers have a jumpstart on Swedish. The Swedish language can sound familiar to non-native speakers and provides a chunk of vocabulary to build on. In addition to cognates, Rosetta Stone makes your bite-sized Swedish lessons more effective by introducing Swedish words and common phrases in the context of everyday situations. Whether it’s a taxi ride or paying for groceries, you’ll be learning the Swedish words you need in an immersive environment that mimics real-world conversations.
As your studies progress, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. This sounds counter-intuitive, but making mistakes is part of the natural process of learning. Get comfortable with speaking Swedish out loud—even if it means you might make a few gaffes. With Rosetta Stone, you’ll have access to our Live Tutoring™ product which introduces you to real conversation in online sessions with language coaches who are native speakers. These unscripted conversations build confidence and provide another source of feedback as you progress on your language learning journey.
Above all, speak Swedish daily. Sounding like a local doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a product of daily practice speaking the language out loud and honing your pronunciation. Rosetta Stone designs Swedish lessons with this in mind, making sure they sync across devices so you’ll have access to language learning that never leaves your side. Whether it’s by listening to Stories or using the award-winning Rosetta Stone app, it’s easy for language learners to get the practice they need and feel confident speaking up for themselves.
After beginners have acquired basic words, short phrases, and their proper pronunciation, it’ll be a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way, teaching the basics first, then moving onto longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood in Swedish.
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.