"I want to swim."
Translation:Jag vill bada.
Bada means to bathe, as in being soaked in water. Tub, lake or ocean doesn't matter.
Simma means to swim, as in the act of propelling oneself through water or the exercise activity of swimming.
All swimmers bathe, but not all bathers swim.
Thanks a lot for the explanation! This was explained on my stream right after I asked it too! :D
Can a non-native speaker hear the difference between bada and båda? For example, if one wants to say "I want both". Or does that have to be "jag vill ha båda".
The difference is clear to native speakers, but it's something learners often struggle with. In this case it would be Jag vill ha båda since båda is not a verb, but I would still hear a clear difference between bada and båda. You'll hear it too with practice.
(to be fair, Swedes may sometimes have trouble distinguishing the a/å as said by speakers of a very different dialect)