I Love You in Swedish Posted by jennie on Oct 5, 2011 in Culture, Living in Sweden, Vocabulary
Ah those magic words, so lovely to hear and sometimes so hard to say. Well, especially if you don’t know HOW to say them. Therefore, we decided that a blog post about these three little words would be absolutely essential. So here goes:
I love you = Jag älskar dig
(“dig” is pronounced “dej”)
And for those of you who might not be that loved up, here are some alternatives:
Jag tycker om dig (I like you)
Jag gillar dig (I like you)
Jag är kär i dig (I am in love with you)
I think in general Swedes are a bit reluctant to say “Jag älskar dig”. It is – and should be – big words and I actually think that lots of Swedes rather say “I love you” than “Jag älskar dig”. Perhaps it feels a bit less… I don’t know, pompous? Like you are saying it, but in disguise. Anyone agrees?
A fun thing about being an expat in England is getting used to being called “darling”, “honey”, “love” and “sweetheart” by the cashier at Tesco, the lady in the post office and the gym receptionist. This is extremely rare in Sweden and I would find it very strange if the cashier at ICA would call me “älskling” (darling, honey, love). In fact, I think it safe to say it would never happen. It’s a very affectionate word in Swedish and I would only call my husband älskling. Or my children if I had any.
Anyway, let’s spread the love and finish off with some lovely vocabulary.
Älskling (darling, honey, love)
Sötnos (Sweetheart – but literally means sweet nose)
Att vara kär (to be in love)
Att älska (to love AND to make love – beware!)
Puss/Pussas/Pussar (Kiss/to kiss/kisses AND is kissing- without the tongue)
Kyss/Kyssas/Kyssar (Kiss/to kiss/kisses – with the tongue)
Kram/Kramas/Kramar (hug/to hug/hugs AND is hugging)
Make sure to use it and spread it, okay?