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Swedish: The language with progressive pronouns

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10 facts about Swedish


If you can speak Swedish, you'll also easily understand Danish and Norwegian.


Sweden stands for "our kingdom".


Unlike in English, definite articles (such as "the") come after the noun in Swedish.


Swedish didn't become the national language of Sweden until 2009.


Swedish was an official language in Finland before Sweden and continues to be one of their two official languages.


"S" happens to be the most common first letter in Swedish words.


Modern Swedish has only existed for 500 years.


The verb form remains the same in Swedish no matter whether being referred to in the past, present, or future tense.


Swedish has loads of combination words. For example, the word for sick is “sjuk” and the word for house is “hus,” and together they would make a hospital (sickhouse).


In Swedish, there’s a different word for a grandmother on your mom’s side (wài pó) than on your dad’s side (nǎi nai).

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Origin of the language

Swedish was a descendant of Old Norse and spoken by the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era.

History of the language

It began in the last decades of the 19th century.

Learning the language

It takes about 575 hours to learn Swedish.

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Swedish Language for Beginners

These are ten interesting words to start learning in Swedish.

Windy or stormy weather=Blåsväder




Live-in partner=Sambo





Beautiful or Fair=Skönt

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The present moment is significant, not as the bridge between past and future, but by reason of its contents, which can fill our emptiness and become ours if we are capable of receiving them.

Dag Hammarsköld

Swedish Economist

You read and write and sing and experience, thinking that one day these things will build the character you admire to live as. You love and lose and bleed best you can, to the extreme, hoping that one day the world will read you like the poem you want to be.

Charlotte Eriksson

Swedish Writer

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

Ingrid Bergman

Swedish Actress

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Fun Facts About the Swedish Language

Different Words’ for Grandparents

Swedish traces family words by maternal and paternal lines, which means there are different words for your grandparents on the mom’s side and dad’s side.

No “Please”

There’s no way to say “please”. So if you want to be polite, you’re going to have to find another way.

Weekdays Named After Nordic Gods

In Swedish, the days of the week are named after Nordic Gods.

Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Swedish has three pronouns: hon (she), han (he), and hen (a gender-neutral personal pronoun).

You May Know Some Swedish

Chances are that you already know some Swedish, for example, “gauntlet” is a Swedish word.

Words with Depth

Fika means to have a cup of coffee with a treat at a cafe while talking with a friend.

No Q or X

Very few words start with ‘Q’ or ‘X’ in Swedish.

Drinking Moderately

Lagom means “not too little, not too much, but just right.”

Our Kingdom

Sweden got its name from the Svear people nearly 2,000 years ago. In their language, svear meant "we", and rike meant "kingdom".

Danish Influence

Before 1525, the language was influenced by Danish, but after the revolt of Gustav I Vasa, it was distinguished as a separate language.

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