Lesson Two

Fika is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. A more contemporary generalised meaning of the word, where the coffee may be replaced by tea or even juice, lemonade or saft for children, has become widespread. In some social circles, even just a sandwich or a small meal may be denoted a fika similar to the English concept of afternoon tea. In Sweden pastries in general (for example cinnamon buns) are often referred to as fikabröd (“fika bread”).

The Swedish tradition is spreading through Swedish businesses around the world.

Source: Wikipedia

In our second practice session, you are going to learn more useful words and expressions that are essential in everyday life while learning a foreign language.

Det vet jag inte.

I don’t know this/that. – with emphasis on ”this/that.” In writing it can look like this: “This/That I don’t know.”

Jag har glömt det.

I have forgotten (it/this/that).

Vad heter girl på svenska?

How do you say girl in Swedish?

Det heter flicka.

It’s called flicka. Or: We say flicka.

Nej, jag förstår inte.

No, I don’t understand.

Det har jag ingen aning om.

About this/that, I have no clue!

Hur säger man girl på svenska?

How do you say girl in Swedish?

Man säger flicka.

It’s called flicka. Or: We say flicka.

Förlåt, vad sa du?

Sorry, what did you say?

Säg det en gång till! / Say it again!

In English we always add “please”. To be on the safe side, we suggest that you say “Säg de ten gång till, tack.” Please, be prepared though, that in Swedish it is not considered rude to leave “tack” out in many of these kinds of sentences provided that you use the correct intonation! So when you hear a sentence like this without “tack” at the end, do not take it as if they are giving you an order. They are asking you nicely.
So just listen and learn the intonation and try not to get offended. You will get used to it. As said, as a beginner, we suggest that you add “tack” when you use such sentences, until you master the intonation of asking. Otherwise, you yourself risk sounding rude, ordering people around.
We will talk a bit more about both of the meanings of “tack,” and how we use it, next week.

Förstår du vad jag menar?

Do you know what I mean?

Vad är motsatsen till vit?

What is the opposite of white?

Svart är motsatsen till vit.

Black is the opposite of white.

Är du säker på det?

Are you sure about it/this/that?

You find the workbooks on the following site: https://student.swency.com/

Please, use Google Chrome browser! Thank you!

On the top, at the right-hand corner, change the language to Swedish – just to practise the language.

Ange koden  = insert the code,

och ditt namn = and your name then click on the “Ladda uppgifter” button (Worksheet Loading) and now you have already started practising.

You can copy the codes quickly, if you click in the number itself. Then you can paste it into the code field of the practice site.

Here  come the code to each worksheet. Please, work through them in the order as they are listed below.

First set of exercises
  1. Kod: 49131418 Lesson Two / Quiz 1/A
  2. Kod: 64626268 Lesson Two / Quiz 1/B
  3. Kod: 31418601 Lesson Two / Test 1.
  4. Kod: 68098490 Lesson Two from English to Swedish 1.
Second set of exercises
  1. Kod: 44252454 Lesson Two / Quiz 2/A
  2. Kod: 59021682 Lesson Two / Quiz 2/B
  3. Kod: 50005387 Lesson Two / Test 2.
  4. Kod: 74718159 Lesson Two from English to Swedish 2.
Third set of exercises
  1. Kod: 35954316 Lesson Two / Quiz 3/A
  2. Kod: 34217505 Lesson Two / Quiz 3/B
  3. Kod: 61903646 Lesson Two / Test 3.
  4. Kod: 34152853 Lesson Two from English to Swedish 3.


Have you finished? Congratulations! Well done!

You have done a lot this week for improving your Swedish!

Listen to some Swedish music: Svenska Nationalsången – Swedish National Anthem