Present Tense

Swedish Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Swedish. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Swedish Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Swedish, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Swedish

Present Swedish Audio
I see youJag ser dig
I write with a penJag skriver med en penna
You love applesDu älskar äpplen
You give moneyDu ger pengar
You play tennisDu spelar tennis
He reads a bookHan läser en bok
He understands meHan förstår mig
She has a catHon har en katt
She knows my friendHon känner min vän
We want to learnVi vill lära oss
We think Spanish is easyVi tycker att spanska är enkelt
You (plural) work hereNi jobbar här
You (plural) speak FrenchNi talar franska
They drive a carDe kör en bil
They smileDe ler


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Swedish

Heart attackHjärtinfarkt
Help mehjälp mig
Stomach acheont i magen


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Daily Conversation in Swedish

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Swedish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Swedish

Are you okay?Mår du bra?
Call a doctor!Kalla på en läkare!
Call the ambulance!ring en ambulans!
Call the police!ring polisen!
Calm down!Lugna ner dig!
I feel sickjag mår illa
It hurts heredet gör ont här
It's urgent!Det är akut!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Var finns närmaste apotek?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Du är vacker
You have a beautiful nameDu har ett vackert namn
This is my wifeDet här är min fru
This is my husbandDet här är min man

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Swedish about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Swedish Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Swedish homepage.

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