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Be polite...

I've gone a lot of time to Sweden and I love it but I have a Little problem: I don't know how to be polite when I'm asking something. I heard that there are some Words in Swedish as "snälla" and "tack" but I don't know how to use them. Can anybody explain it? Thanks a lot!

2 years ago

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Here's a link to an article about this: http://www.wikihow.com/Say-Please-in-Swedish

Thanks to Zmrzlina, I first saw this link in one of his posts.

2 years ago

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That article is very good! I think it covers all the majors ways of being polite in Swedish.

2 years ago

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Thanks a lot! Really useful

2 years ago

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If you ask questions to strangers, it would be wise to start with an ursäkta= excuse (me).

Here are some fun ways of beginning a question sentence. -Skulle du kunna säga mig... = Would you be able to tell me... -Jag skulle vilja veta... = I would like to know... -Jo, jag undrar om/ huruvida... = Well, I wonder if/ whether... -Hur kan det komma sig att... = How can it be that... (this one's not really polite :P)

Snälla means please: Snälla, skulle du kunna säga mig...= Please, would you be able to tell me...

I would avoid using "tack" in a question. You can kind of add it after a question as a "thanks in advance" or to show that you're thankful that someone listened or something I guess. Tack means thanks. You often say tack in sentences like this: Skicka smöret tack = Please send the butter. When you want commands to be more polite, add a "tack" in the end, it will function like the please in English in that context.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guivibea

Thanks a lot! Really useful

2 years ago

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Good points, though I'd like to add that these kinds of longer circumlocutions are less used in Swedish than in English. More straightforwardly phrased questions, as "Vet du...?" and "Kan du berätta..?" and "Kan jag få...?" etc. are more common among natives and are not considered rude. But as you say, they may be prefaced with "Ursäkta (mig...". I would myself however never address a stranger beginning with "Snälla, ..." - it sounds almost begging and a bit too intimate. Ending a command or question with "tack" is something I think most people do at the dinner table or similar settings, but less commonly otherwise.

2 years ago
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