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"Ja, hallå!"

Translation:Yes, hi!

November 19, 2014



When would you use hallå rather than hej - is is formal/informal?


They work interchangeably and neither is formal or informal but there is slight difference in usage.

"Hallå" would more commonly be used to call for someone's attention, answering a call, or trying to get confirmation that someone can hear you, whereas "Hej" is more purely a greeting. They both mean hello, but the difference is more like that between "Hey" and "Hi". Don't worry about it too much.

For example, a phone conversation might start:

Hallå, det är Stefan, Hello, it's Stefan.

Hej, det är Sara här, hur står det till? Hey, it's Sara here, how are you?

Hej Sara, det är bra, hur är det själv? Hi Sara, I'm good, how are you?


To start with, you can think of "hej" as "hello" (greeting) and "hallå" as "hey" (calling attention). "Hallå" is standard to use on the phone. Informally, you can also use "hallå" as a greeting word when you meet a person you know well.


Hej, hallå, tjo, hejsan (and a couple of others) can be used interchangeably for "hello" as a greeting. I use "Hallå" or "Halloj" alot myself when meeting someone for the first time that day.


I'm not swedish but I thin "hej" is a shorter, less oficial version. Like "hellå" means hello and "hej" is just hi.


Is this said on the telephone only ?


It's not ONLY used on the phone. The words are mostly synonymous, but there is a slight difference. I honestly wouldn't worry about it too much for now. Say whichever one.


I'm not completely sure, but my native language is Danish and we only use the word "hallo" on the phone.


Thanks. Could be the same.


No. Though the whole "ja, hallå!" isn't used much at all nowadays ("Hallå!" is frequently used in many situations).


simple question here: hallå seems to make exactly the same sound as the German word Hallo and is used in the same way, I was just wondering if it always has this question-like tone to it or is that an issue with the audio recording?


The sound on this one is so strange! The "ja, hallå" sounds more like "ja, halu--" with the end getting cut off, but the individual word mouseover sounds "fine."


The stress is wrong as of nov 20th 2014. Hallå is stressed on the Å.


Does the ' å ' make an ' O ' sound? Sorry my speakers don't work


Yes it does as in the 'u' sound in lure.


As oo in look?


No, rather like the 'o' in "for" or "lord".


How similar is German and Swedish?


This is a sentence discussion, not the right place for such questions - please try the general forums: https://forum.duolingo.com/topic/908/


Sharing quite a number of words and a bit of the basic grammar, but that's more or less the end of it in modern Swedish. Older Swedish has much more of the German grammar, and also more Germanlike words.

Swedes in general usually don't understand German unless they've learnt it in school (or heard it a lot).


Yes hey didn't work as an answer


That doesn't really sound like idiomatic English.


"Yes, hello!" is also accepted. Tack så mycket!


Förstår inte varför man inte har med hallå i den här frågan. Om vi ska vara strikt med översättningen så ska det vara hallå och inget annat.


There's no reason to be strict here, really - and we do accept multiple translations.


sounds like halua like finnish word for like. is it supposed to sound like this or å?

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