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"Ja, snälla!"

Translation:Yes, please!

November 18, 2014



Having some German knowledge as background, this sentence sounds really like "Ja, schneller!" (Yes, faster!), and at first it really confused me. Hahaha!


Yup, knowing German and hearing this it sounds like "Yes [annoyed sigh], hurry up!"


I dont think so. Schnell and snålla sounds quite diferent


True, but not so much from snälla


Can I use 'Ja, tack' in this context?


Yes, you can.


Is there a difference between tack and snalla ?


Tack is usually thanks, and snalla is usually please I think. Hope this helps but correct me if I'm wrong (:


This is technically correct, but "tack" is used in place of "snalla" in most cases. When I first moved to Sweden, the Swedes told me not to even bother with "snalla" since "tack" almost always sufficed.


perfect help, thanks (:


Wow that's a bit confusing since thanks and please are both quite different words. I think it'd take me a while to realize what are people telling me.


Also tack is not as usual in stores or something, but more in your household


On the blog of one Swede, I've read that "snälla" rather usually used by children. Though don't know if it's correct.


Tack is for me and snalla not


Tell me "the magic word" flows better than this computer voice?


Since there is no context here, yes. There is a difference though, as "snälla" is literally appealing to someone's kindness (snäll = kind).


was looking for that explanation!


Ja tack would work if the question is "would you like some more?" Ja, snälla would not work there as snälla only is used in a pleading was. If I'm freezing and someone asks if they may close the window the correct answer would be "Ja, snälla!" A thank you would work but not be as strong.


This made final sense to me. Tack så mycket!


Being Swedish I can tell you that "Ja, snälla!" is a very weird and unusual way to say "Yes, please". Usually we say "Ja, tack!".


Snalla sort of looks like snail and I was thinking that it said "Yes, snails!" :D


In what circumstances does "snälla" translate to "kind"? It would definitely be strange doing it here?


Dina föräldrar är snälla = Your parents are kind.


So "snälla" is used as an adjective here right?


I'm a little cofused here. I think I remember from my Swedish course (though that was years ago, so it could be wrong), that "snälla" refers to the person you ask and means literally something like "dear". For example a child asking their nanny: "Snälla Anne, få jag...?" - "Dear Anne, may I...?", or me asking my boyfriend "Kan du öppnar fönstret, snälla?" - "Can you open the window, love?" So it sounds totally awkward to me putting "snälla" at the end of sentences in not-so-intimate communication frames. But maybe I remember it wrong?


Snäll means kind, so you're appealing to the other person's kindness. The constructions we use in Swedish don't always translate well directly to English, so translating it as please often fits better. One example where a direct translation works is "Vill du vara snäll och..."

For example: "Vill du vara snäll och ge mig en kaka?" translates to "Would you be kind and give me a bisquit?"

Not to be confused with "vänligen", which means "kindly" and is much more formal and not often used in speech.

Example: "Vänligen gå ej på gräset" - "Kindly don't step on the grass".


When you're speaking Swedish, you don't have to say 'snälla' like you do in English with 'please'. In Swedish, it's not considered impolite to miss not say 'snälla', it also would make more sense if you were talking to a Swedish person, or 'Swede'


Does the word 'snälla' really have emphasis on the second syllable? If I emphasized the first more or roughly equally would it sound strange?


Snalla is for children usually.


What's the difference between "snälla" and "vänligen"?


Vänligen is more formal, and snälla is usually used more in a pleading sense. They also usually have different constructions.


Snälla mamma, kan jag få en glass? - Please mom, may I have an icecream?

Vänligen ta ner fötterna från bordet. - Kindly take your feet off the table.


vänlingen can also be used for please like vänlingen vanta when you swipe a card


Is there any pronunciation difference between the normal "a" and the "a" with little dots on it? (Sorry, I can't type it on my phone)


Ä is usually pronounced like the "ai" in "air" while A is usually pronounced like the "a" in "far".


ok, so how exactly is "ja" pronounced? I couldn't really tell with the computer, the voice is just so animatronic, i didn't even know what it is saying.


From listening carefully, I believe the Swedish Ja/Jag is pronounced similar to how one would say the English word "jaw". It is a very deep 'aaaaw' sound. Hope that helps!


I thought 'tack' meant thank you


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Snälla is a wrong word in that sentence


Well, my bf says that it can be used as please. But it is more like a "yes, dear". So if it was used in a different sentence then it wouldnt be please. idk is that wrong?


Jas snella was seen as correct. I'm learning incorrect spellings!!


This means: yes, hurry


it was worng to say Yes plz dadyy


I read somewhere that snälla is used in either a passive-aggressive or begging manner. Is this true?


Hej, could someone let me know when to use tack and when to use snälla when saying please? An earlier question had tack but not for this one. Tack sa mycket. (I know the a has a symbol on it but I don't have Swedish keyboard to type it freely).


My swedish coworkers informed me that "snälla!" is only used by kids begging for things. Perhaps this word should be removed from basic phrases? All it does it make us poor foreigners sound like babies. I think "tack" is better to learn, especially for a beginner.


Coincidence! I was talking about "Snälla" with my Swedish-born husband just this morning (same day as ChristyBon2's post!!). He said he remembers it as "Snälla du". When I said I learned just "Snälla" here, he thought maybe the phrase had changed in the decades since he was in Sweden. Google Translate also suggests with "Snälla du" for "please". Good thing we found out that just "Snälla" isn't ideal.


can you also say ja tack


i typed in English.


lol i hate this i learn then forget i hate this why is this doing to me i hate this i only know a few sentences here they are

ya dricker vatten and ya ater brod


xD i didnt even know IN ENGLISH that you could say "Yes, please" until i thought about it and you could say it like "yes... Please" not just "Yes Please" :D


there is no please in the Swedish langue i know because my mum is swedish


while studying the Pimsleur language cd the instructor says "snalla" is the polite way to ask for something, example: "I want something to eat" is not "jag vill har nagot atar" but the polite way to ask is "jag vill snalla har nagot atar." (Please excuse my typos, still learning.)


That is not right! 'I want something to eat' would be Jag vill ha något att äta, and if you have to put snälla into that sentence, please don't put it in the middle like that, it sounds totally wrong. The polite way could be to say Jag skulle vilja ha något att äta 'I would like to have something to eat', or Skulle jag kunna få någonting att äta? 'Could I have something to eat?' You can put snälla before the last one and it sounds OK: Snälla, skulle jag kunna få något att äta? 'Please, could I have something to eat?'


Okay, this blows my mind, as I learn languages by thinking in those languages, so the literal translation for "Jag skulle vilja ha något att äta" would be "I should want to have something to eat" or for "Skulle jag kunna få någonting att äta?" would be "Should I be allowed to have something to eat?"

Mind blowing, but that's my method :))


I think I disagree with you about what would be literal translations for some words: what first comes to mind for skulle is would, whereas for should my first Swedish translation is borde. And the first literal translation for is definitely get: the meaning receive is much more central than the meaning be allowed to. Possibly this also points to pitfalls in the method itself, but it is an interesting method from some points of view and to an extent I think it always goes on in our minds (while most people would argue that the ideal is to get away from it as soon as possible).

Edit: I realized I misunderstood your rewrite of the sentence, but kunna isn't well translated as be allowed to either, if you want a literal translation for it, that should be be able to.


I'm just repeating what they are saying on the CD.

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