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Hej from a brand-new member! Posted by on Sep 29, 2010 in Grammar, Swedish Language

My name is Steve, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve just joined the Swedish Blog Team here at Transparent.com! From now on, I’ll be posting video entries to assist you in your studies of Sweden and its wonderful language and culture. I guess a better way to introduce myself might be to present to you my first video for the blog! Here it is; hope you like it!


Most common ‘hello’ phrases:

  • Hej!
  • Hejsan!
  • Tja!
  • Tjena!
  • Tjenare!
  • Hallå! (Slightly more formal)

Ways to announce your name:

  • Jag heter [name].
  • Mitt namn är [name].

To tell your birth date:

  • Jag är född den [date (ordinal form)] [month], [year]. (Literally: I was born on… / Verb ‘vara’ is in present tense as ‘är’, not past tense as ‘var’.)

To state your age:

  • Jag är [age].
  • Jag är [age] år.
  • Jag är [age] år gammal. (gammal = old)

To say where you live:

  • Jag bor i [name of city/country].

Nice to meet you!:

  • Trevligt att träffas!
  • Kul att ses!

Daniella’s full introduction (for reference):

  • Hejsan! – Hello!
  • Jag heter Daniella, och jag bor i Uppsala i Sverige. – My name is Daniella, and I live in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Jag är född den 19:e (nittonde) oktober, 1990 (nittonhundranittio), – I was born on the 19th of October, 1990,
  • så jag är 19 (nitton) år gammal. – so I am 19 years old.

Extra words in this lesson:

  • Hejdå! – Goodbye!/Bye!
  • Detsamma – The same to you!

Thanks for watching, and I hope that you have enjoyed and learned from this first video! There should be more along the way soon, so check back within the next few weeks to learn more. And of course, pay the other bloggers a visit, too!

Leave a comment on this post if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Also, don’t be afraid to leave some of your thoughts about the video; some constructive criticism might come to be very helpful!


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About the Author: Stephen Maconi

Stephen Maconi has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2010. Wielding a Bachelor's Degree in Swedish and Nordic Linguistics from Uppsala University in Sweden, Stephen is an expert on Swedish language and culture.


  1. blaaraeka:


  2. Marta:

    I love watching videos. I can see a real accent, the music of the language, real expressions. It’s great.

  3. Angela:

    Thank you Steve and Daniella! That was a helpful video. I look forward to seeing more!

  4. my theander:

    Tack, tack, tack sa mycket. Your lessons is and will be very useful to me. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

  5. Letícia:

    Hej Steve! That’s a nice video, thank you! I can’t wait to see more. 🙂

  6. Carla:

    Enjoyed it 😀 Anxious for more <3

  7. Marce:

    Love it!

  8. Alma:

    Tack så mycket!!! Steve and Daniella! That was a helpful video. I look forward to seeing more!

  9. Christina:

    Hej Steve!
    Trevligt att träffas 🙂 The written notes accompanying the video are very helpful.
    Keep up the good work!
    Christina (from UK, recently moved to Jämtland!)

  10. alshehri:

    It is essential to use the right materials to deliver the keys goals to learners and this is one of the most powerful tolls I have used during my first 5 months of studying the language here in Sweden and many expert says that there is huge portion that people can learn thru practicing and these kind of work will give us the opportunity to do so the only advice I can give from learner point of view is keep your work structure consistent and focus in the aspect of the value rather quantities.
    Thank you Steve Daniella and well done

  11. Tibor:

    Hi Steve!

    Great video, Welcome! 🙂

  12. Michael:

    Fantastisk! Tack så mycket.

  13. Erik NorCal:

    Video is very helpful.. Like Steve said I can read a little
    Swedish but seldom get to hear the correct pronouncation. Hopefully more videos will be coming. This is a great addition Tack so mychet

  14. monaliza:

    Nice video. Jag är glad. Senare!

  15. Dennis Anderson:

    Great Video! Jag är sexty sex år gammal och trying to learn svenka.

  16. Robert Oberg:


    Jag bor i Pitt Meadows i British Columbia i Kanada.

    Jag studerar svenska nu men jag vill prata och förstå mer svenska. Jag ska åka till Sverige i Juni till att spela i spelan summeran transplant i Göteborg.
    Jag gillade din video. Jag ser fram emot din nästa e post.


  17. Darlene:

    Det var fantastiskt och mycket hjälpsam. Grattis till ett bra första inlägg! I am learning Swedish to speak to my relatives in Skåne whom we visited again this summer. Det var så trevligt.
    Tack så mycket och lycka til, Darlene

  18. nac:

    Thank you Steve and Daniella, ı’m looking forward to next vid.

  19. cci:

    det var kul!

  20. Nikki:

    This is cool, thanks for this!

  21. Kathi Keefe:

    Well done and a way for me to keep my very old Swedish grammar and phrases up to date.

  22. Peter:

    Great Video
    I need some help with the verb “will” and when to use Ska, Kommer and Kommer Att, any help would be mycket uppskattat!