Translation:Excuse me!

November 30, 2014



Hear two native speakers say it here: http://sv.forvo.com/search-sv/urs%C3%A4kta/

January 10, 2015


Arnauti, This is a very useful site! Thank you! Do you know how to get translation of the pronounced word on the site?

February 2, 2016


it helps a lot =)

January 10, 2016


Awesome! Thank you

April 15, 2018


It'd be helpful, at least in my opinion, if the vocabulary words also included a slower pronunciation for my foreign ears. I miss the turtle ;)

January 10, 2015


This mean both "i am sorry" and "excuse me" ?

January 17, 2015


Yes, when a word is orange tap on it and it says all the tranlations.

April 3, 2015


I'd assume the use of 'I am sorry' might be inyetjectory rather than apologetic, making it synonomous with 'excuse me', similar to how people might use it this way in English. Example: "I'm sorry, could you please tell me..."

I could be totally missing the mark, I just see a similarity here.

March 23, 2016


Sorry for the typos. There doesn't seem to be an option for me to edit on mobile.

March 23, 2016


i knew a german guy who used it as 'excuse me'. he'd approach someone and ask "i'm sorry?" as a question.

September 28, 2018


Does the sa make an sh sound?

November 30, 2014


r+s does. Even over word boundaries.

November 30, 2014


What do you mean by "word boundaries"?

January 10, 2015


Such as when one words ends in -r and the next begins with s-.

January 10, 2015


The way I say it, I'd stress the middle syllable. But I'm not sure I'm all to representative in this case. Or am I? :S

December 1, 2014


I think one could stress either the first syllable or the middle one. I know I say it both ways. I think that the verb ursäktar is usually stressed on the first syllable, but this form ursäkta is most often stressed on the middle one.

January 10, 2015


Sounds reasonable.

January 10, 2015


I am a little unclear, is this ment as an apology? Or is it to get a someones attention? Or (lol) do you say it as you would if you needed to get passed someone?

February 7, 2015


It is used for all of those. For a more serious apology, it's better to use förlåt instead.

February 7, 2015



February 7, 2015


What's the difference between URSAKTA and FORLAT?

January 21, 2015


URSÄKTA = excuse, pardon while FÖRLÅT = my apologies, forgive me. Also note that å,ä and ö are specific letters, representing sounds quite different from a and o.

October 15, 2015


I've just read above that förlåt is used to apologyse (in a serious way)

April 6, 2015


it would be nice to learn new vocabulary words before the strengthen skills' test…

February 23, 2015


Yeah, if you blow through the regular lessons without making many mistakes, sometimes it won't get a chance to teach you some words since it's random exercises. It's almost better to purposely mess up a few times to make sure you get to learn everything.

April 5, 2015


Yes, Occultine, once I realized that, I began to check the individual lessons to see how many words were listed that I didn't know. Then if there were two or more, I would redo that one before doing the strengthening lesson. That is what I am doing in this lesson now.

February 1, 2016


My dad knows a little bit of swedish, and he told me a while ago that Ursäkta may, or something like that was Excuse me.

December 24, 2014


Ursäkta mig also means Excuse me, but it is used without the mig too.

December 26, 2014


Alright! Tack så mycket

December 26, 2014


this is super hard for me to say..

February 18, 2016


You just have to swallow your pride! :P

March 1, 2016


Well Im still a newbie but wouldnt be right to say ursakta mir= excuse ME and ursakta=sorry?

April 10, 2015

  1. Swedish doesn't have "mir," it's "mig"
  2. I think this could be considered a fixed phrase, so you don't need mig because it's implied.
September 23, 2015


Quentin, I believe you are correct, because the DL translations included "me" and "I" as part of the translation for "ursäkta". (I'm a newbie also. : ) )

February 1, 2016


Some people here be like "am i hearing some xnk betweek the z and f of 'mycket'?"

February 8, 2016


you are welcome !

November 21, 2016


To me, this word sounds almost like it could be inserted into Turkish without much effort. I'd be interested to know the etymology of this word if anyone had any info on it. Tack tack :)

February 18, 2017


I believe it is: ur- "out of", "original" + sak "cause". ur-, from German, is cognate with English or- found in "ordeal"; sak is cognate with English "sake". Cf German "Ursache", and English "excuse", which has parallel etymology—ex- "out of" + "cause".

February 23, 2017


Interesting, thanks for that :)

February 26, 2017


Hard to pronounce

January 17, 2018


did you all know a secret- if you don't know the meaning of a word on duolingo, just hover and make your mouse stay there- you will see the answer of the question

February 6, 2018


Excuse me, is Ursäkta for ¨Excuse me¨ or for ¨I'm Sorry¨?? Or both are okay?

November 7, 2018


Am I hearing an "L" inbetween the U and the R?

January 3, 2015


There's no L in there.

January 10, 2015


There is a small similarity in the sounds L (Alveolar lateral approximant) and R (Alveolar flap). Especially in Korean, they have one letter for both sounds of L and R because they sound so similar and can be used interchangebly in Korean. So you might be hearing the R, but it just sounds like an L.

June 7, 2015


Re: Korean, I would not say the above it quite correct. The letter ㄹ in Korean plays the roles of both letters not because of similarity of interchangeability of sounds, but actually because it is a letter that has to play two distinct consonant roles, the tone decided strictly on the position of the letter in a syllable. As such, the letter ㄹ follows specific rules for pronunciation use and is not arbitrary in how it is voiced, nor are both sounds similar sounding, except for certain cases in initial position where it is somewhere between a tapped R and an L, such as the word 라면.

June 23, 2017


I hear more of an "oo" sound. Not sure what's what.

January 10, 2015


Is the "s" in Swedish pronounced like "sh"?

June 7, 2016


Scroll up to Lundgren8:s comment ^

July 9, 2016


I know a few words in Swedish. when i first saw this word i knew it meant Excuse me. But i said that i was told i was wrong. Now when i type what i was re-taught i was wrong again. This app doesnt know what its doing

November 5, 2016


No idea what may have happened, but Excuse me is the suggested answer here. Could have been some glitch possibly.

March 13, 2017


You are right it happens with me also (by the way I just gave you a lingot :D)

January 24, 2018
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