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Is it true that swedes answer the phone by softly breathing into it?

I read somewhere that instead of saying hello, you let the other person know you're there by blowing into the phone.

July 2, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

No, it is not. I've never ever heard someone answering the phone this way. Common ways to answer are, for example, "Hallå?" and "Hallå, det är NN".

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathryn_Hunter

When I lived in Sweden (~20 years ago), we answered the phone by stating our phone number.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

That's true, people used to do that! I don't know anyone who still answers like that though. I agree with the Icecream man (Zmrzlina), "Hallå, det är NN" is the normal way to answer, or if you just use a mobile phone and know who is calling, it's very common to say "Hej "name"!

July 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Waving-Owl

I really hope that you find the source! The only thing that I can think of is this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URgdIAz4QNg

This sound, mainly used in Norrland, is an expression of agreement, for example:

  • Det är väldigt kallt idag!

  • Schuu Jovars

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

I read an article about the ways they answer the phone, and there was nothing like this on there.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian

maybe swedes stalkers yeah ? but doesn't sound like any real person would answer like that :D

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

I think someone is having us on, playing around with some nasty stereotypes. But suggest this and you get deleted. Hey ho.

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Herr-General

No. We answer the same way any other normal person would. They way you would answer, is as always, dependent on the formality of the situation.

If it's a friend you're talking to, you might use "Tjena!" or "Tja!"

If you're talking to your boss, an older person, a more distant relative, or for example a teacher, you would normally use "Hej!" "Hejsan!" or even "Hallå".

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethan1314

Lol, what?! I hope it's not..

July 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JulianKuipers

In Northern Sweden, there is some kind of blowing to say 'yes' isn't it?

July 12, 2015
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