Also, one of the girls says it at the end of Dumb and Dumber (the original)!
It makes more sense that it'd be "see you!" (as i see you, hi) and "see you then" (as i'll see you later).
There are a lot of cases in Swedish where something acts as a particle and adding it to another word changes the meaning completely. Most notably with particle verbs – you have the same phenomenon in English with e.g. turn off – but arguably hej då is a similar case.
In a lot of languages, the words for hello and goodbye are the same (for example, shalom in Hebrew, which also means peace).
Each language has its own quirks. :) You just have to go with it.
(Though, if anyone does know more about the history of this for Swedish, I'd love to hear it.)
The translation on mobile puts 'then' for 'da', confused me that I got it wrong... "Goodbye then" is a correct phrase in English.
hej då means 'goodbye' but if you want to say 'goodbye then', you'd have to say hej då då – and people do say that :)
An easier way so that you can type all the letters is by pressing on the letter, and then pressing the number for the corresponding umlaut. So for ö, hold onto the o key, and then press 2 :)
Yep, it is really helpful, but if you want to get fast, it's best to use the alt/option (I think that's what he meant) button.
For other characters, if you are on MAC, here is how to type them: Å=shift+option+a; å=option+a; Ä=option+u, shift+a; ä=option+u, a; É=option+e, shift+e; é=option+e, e; Ö=option+u, shift+o; ö=option+u, o
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On windows, if you install the international keyboard, it is right Alt key + W of all things! å
If you don't have that right Alt key than you must put Alt+Ctrl+W which gets fun when you want a capital letter and must press Shift as well. Å
In swedish can you replace accents with other vowels? Eg. å = aa, ö = oe. This is done a lot in German but is Swedish the same?
what does the little dot on a represent? Is it a signal of a voiced consonant tranforming into a voiceless one?
It's a letter in its own right, pronounced somewhat like 'o'. The font on DL doesn't really give it justice; if you look at it elsewhere that little dot is a full-fledged circle!
Yeah, I see that it is a circle, just wondering if it has something to do with IPA suprasegmentals. : ). Can you illustrate with exact IPA symbols?
To me it seems like an IPA o, but a little bit fronted, not so much as to be central or velar
Clarification please: is this phrase used both a greeting and a farewell?
Do you know that if you don't know the answer of a question, just hover your mouse/cursor over the word you don't know and you will get the meaning of that word
I am a little confused with this one. Doesn't Hej mean Hi? Wouldn't this be God da?
Yes, "hej" means hi. "God dag" (or "goddag") sounds old fashioned and is very seldom used.
"Ha det!" is Norwegian I think and it's more like "Take care!". In Sweden we say "Ha det bra!" and it can of course be used instead of "Hej då!".
I left Sweden when I was 4, haven't spoken Swedish since. Now I'm 32. I thought I remembered almost nothing, but it's coming back, and I DO remember "ha det bra"! And your profile pic! I love it!
It means "then", mostly. And depending on your accent it may sound like the "o" in "pot". For me it sounds like when you try to contain a yawn.
adjö also means 'goodbye'. In principle it's more formal, but there are people who use it in the spoken language too.
Seems a lot of words have different pronunciations in slow and rapid speech. While listening to the entire expression, "då" sounds like the "do" of "dog" whereas while listening to "då" alone, it sounds almost like "Duo". :D
When I say 'hej då' it always is incorrect! But I speak it fluently and in exactly the same intonation as the spoken example. It is a fault in the app I presume?
No idea, I'm afraid. The speech recognition software is completely out of our control. To be honest, I have it turned off completely in other courses.
I've heard this pronounced before in other places as "hey doo" rather than how it is pronounced here, which is more like "hey duh". Does anyone know why? How should I say it?
I haven't lived in Sweden in almost 30 years, so I can't confidently say it is not "doo" in some regional accent, I'm not sure where you've heard it, but I can tell you for sure that at least in the majority of accents, and what is considered standard Swedish, it is pronounced "hey daw" (to my ears, or maybe "hey doh", but definitely not " hey doo").
Bestå means to last (referring to durability/longevity of an idea or a thing, not a person. Bästa means the best
How do you tell the difference between "goodbye" and "bye" if 'Hej då' is said to be both?
Since the word-for-word translation is 'hello then', is this similar to the English phrase 'see you later'? Like, they're predicting the next time they'll say hello to this person?