11 Replies to “Any native Swedish speakers out there? Please?”

  1. Sorry Wilma, but I don’t agree. I tried that website, and I wouldn’t rely on it. I wrote some things in french and they translated everything word for word. It didn’t know “slang”. Sorry Rosina, not so helpful huh…

  2. I’m a journalist working in New Zealand and my workmate Ann is a fluent speaker of Swedish, having been born and raise in Norway. I have asked her and she would be more than happy to help you with whatever you need. Just email me at deborah_cuming@hotmail.com with your questions and she can email you back from there.

    Hope that helps,
    Deborah

  3. I’m Swedish (living in Austria at the moment, but was just in Stockholm to pick up the latest annoying slang*). In case you need a native speaker, I’m willing to help.

    * Not really why I was there, of course–but even so I came home with the phrase “gilla läget,” and now I can’t get it out of my head.

  4. meatball? meatball?!? this is a common thing to call Swedes? What kind of names do Swedes have for Americans?

    So does he ever make a gramatical error in speaking English? Most Swedes I’ve known have been completely fluent in syntax and idiom, whether or not they had an accent. There was one Swede in Ann Arbor, he consistenly said “Urine Street” for “Huron Street” and could not be persuaded to do otherwise.I think he liked the reaction he got.

  5. “Gilla läget” means “take it easy,” or “don’t get worked up” (literally: “like/enjoy the situation”). It’s an annoying phrase, very, very annoying, especially when sung (“Man måste gilla läget, gil-la-la-la läget!”) by my tone-deaf relatives.

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