November 17, 2014



What is the difference between "Hallå!" and "Hej!"? Is it the difference between "Hello" and "Hi"?

November 17, 2014


This is a bit complicated. You could say it's like hi and hello, but I think hello is much more common than "hallå" as a greeting. I'd say "hallå" has a feeling of surprise to it, like when you meet someone you know on the street.

It's very common as a phone greeting, though not mandatory. Personally I say "Hej det är kaminix" when I answer the phone, but might ocassionally use "hallå" as well.

November 17, 2014


I agree. Hallå is mainly used when answering the phone, or possibly when somebody does something stupid (think Hello? McFly? from Back ti the Future, lol)

November 18, 2014


Hallå can also be used if someone can't hear you or if you want someone's attention. "Hallå?! Are you there?" basically.

November 18, 2014


Jungla3, thank you. That will be useful. : )

February 2, 2016


"hej!" is the usual greeting. "hallå" is used when answering phone, not sure if it used otherwise as a greeting...

November 17, 2014


So "Hallå" is pronounced "halloa," basically?

March 3, 2015


Yeah, that's essentially how it's pronounced. Check this out for help with the three extra letters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wNuomhCrdk

April 14, 2015


IS it just me, or this sounds like three syllables? Ha-low-awe???

June 28, 2016


It sounds like hallowa to me

January 7, 2017


Three syllables too? So I'm guessing that's an error in the audio...?

January 7, 2017


No, I think it's just the å sounds like more than one letter to an American.

January 7, 2017


Spanish speakers, we would think the same.

February 3, 2018


No, from previous comments which referred to a Youtube video on Swedish letters, I learnt that some vowel sounds have some sort of a slight 'schwa' sound at the end of their pronunciation, but Swedes would not notice it or it would be normal to them, i.e. they would consider it one sound only.

February 3, 2018


I think it's just an error in the TTS. Why do we even use a robot to teach people how to speak like an actual human?

March 15, 2017


Алё? Че за дела?

December 28, 2015


Sounds like "Hallå?!" instead of "Hallå!"

October 8, 2016


From watching so much Swedish TV, I know that this is the kind of hello you say when you're entering a place and don't know if anyone is there. It's like "hello-a....?"

May 14, 2018


A swedish friend told me that they seldom say Hallå. It sounds a bit old and awkward

September 18, 2015


That's not true. It's used and perfectly normal.

November 12, 2015


It really depends on the context and probably also where you're from. I wouldn't say 'Hallå' if I were to just greet someone in a normal fashion. However, I might use 'Hallå' if I'm answering the phone, or in the context where it's most frequently used: When wanting someone's attention. If they can't hear you or if you're not sure if they're there, you might say "Hallå? Är du där? Hör du mig?".

February 8, 2016


Is hallå a more formal hej?

April 13, 2015


Not really. As a matter of fact, "Hallå!" is mostly to call attention, as in "Hey!" or "Hello" on the phone.

If you want a more formal "Hej!", you use "Goddag!"

June 7, 2015


A bit trick to pass through, just becouse you are missing the !

November 1, 2015


You shouldn't be required to write any punctuation marks at all, so I don't know what happened there.

November 1, 2015


Why does this lady say Hallå like it is a question?

November 27, 2015


Either it's just a mistake, or perhaps because the word 'Hallå' is mostly used in the context of wanting someone's attention, when

  1. The other person can't hear you

  2. The other person isn't paying attention to you

  3. You're greeting someone whom you're not sure is there

In the sense of "Hallå? are you there?", or "Hallå? Are you listening to me?"

February 8, 2016


Why is "hållo" right as well? I am confused

August 23, 2017


It shouldn't be. As far as I know 'hållo' is not a swedish word at all.

August 24, 2017


Is it pronounced like Hallo in German/Dutch?

November 12, 2015


Yes, assuming DE/NL also stress the second syllable.

November 12, 2015


German does, at least.

January 23, 2016


Dutch does.

January 19, 2019


it oohs like, ha-la-, but the voice says it like hoo-loo-a. is that right....?

November 23, 2015


Excuse me if I'm asking a question already answered, but hallâ:

Å= oar/our ???

August 6, 2016


At one point in time a Swedish friend of mind mentioned that sometimes "Hallå" is considered rude in some manner? Is that something anyone else is familiar with?

January 11, 2017


The only reason I can think of off-hand is in the sarcastic "Um, hello? Are you listening to me?" way Jungla3 mentioned, but it'd be a bit hard to do that one without knowing you were being rude.

June 12, 2018


Why doesn't the app have the letters with the symbols above them like the website does? Very frustrating to be constantly corrected when it's not my fault.

February 23, 2017


I agree.

June 10, 2017


The pronunciation is so strange...

June 10, 2017


Thanks for the game,but it is complacted.

January 25, 2018


Why are there two ways of saying hello in swedish?

February 18, 2018


Why not? But as comments above have stated, "hej" and "hallå" are not the exact same.

February 18, 2018


If I understand well, "å" sounds like "o"?

March 16, 2018


Not necessarily. Click the listen icon here: https://translate.google.com/#sv/en/%C3%A5

March 16, 2018


The end sounds like German

April 6, 2019
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