Hälsningar = GREETINGS  

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Hälsningar = GREETINGS  

One can greet a person in a formal or informal or very informal way. In Swedish, there are formal, informal and very informal ways to say ‘hello’.

Greeting a person:  

Hej! = Hello, or, Hi. (formal)

Hej hej! = Hello – with an emphasis (friendly)

Hallå = Hello

Hejsan! = Hello, or, Hi (informal)

Tjenare! = Hi (very informal, you may say to your bosom buddy)

Tjena! = Hey, hi, or howdy (very informal, you may say to someone you know very well)

Tja! = Hi (very informal, a truncated form of tjena and tjenare)

Hallå där! = Hey (greeting in a tone of conviviality, or cheerfulness – Hallå där!)

Hallå där, det är Ebbas första arbetsdag = Hey, it is Ebba’s frst working day. Hallå där is also the title of a popular Swedish song by Basshunter.

NOTE: Tjänare means servant, and also refers to hello – vardalig hälsningsfras: an everyday phrasal greeting. So, be aware of the pronunciation of ‘tjena’ or ‘tjenare’ and ‘tjänare’ and the verb – att tjäna – tjäna – tjänar ä tjänade – har/hade tjänat means SERVE, EARN, DESERVE

Goodbye to a person:

Hej då! = Bye bye or goodbye

Hej då! Vi hörs! = Goodbye. Speak to you or get in touch with you soon.

Hej då! Vi ses! = Bye bye, or, goodbye. See you later.

Hej då! Vi ses snart. = Bye. We see soon, or we will meet soon.

Ja, det gör vi! = Yes, we will (in response to, Vi ses or Vi hörs!)

Ha det så bra! = Take care. Or, have a good time.

Du med! = You too! ( A response to ‘ha det så bra’)

A conversation:

Hej, vad heter du?

Jag heter Reddy. Och du?

Hejsan! = HELLO

Jag heter Anders.

Other greetings and phrases:  

Sköt om dig = TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Ha en bra dag = HAVE A GOOD DAY

God morgon = GOOD MORNING

God eftermiddagen = GOOD AFTERNOON

God kväll = GOOD EVENING

God natt = GOOD NIGHT

God dag. = GOOD DAY

Kära! = DEAR!

Ta hand om dig! TAKE CARE

Hälsa från mig! SAY HELLO OR GIVE REGARDS TO…

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Hej hej

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Soraya Hashim

Note the greetings in the letter: Hej! Hej Hej. Vi hörs!

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A conversation in the class:

Vad heter du? WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Jag heter Aiysel. I AM AIYSEL.

Jag heter Jacob. I AM JACOB.

Hur är det? HOW ARE THINGS?

Det är bra, tack. IT’S GOOD, THANKS.

Och hur är det med dig? HOW ARE THINGS WITH YOU?

Kommer du ihåg, Babak? DO YOU REMEMBER?

Ja visst. OF COURSE.

Hälsa, Babak! SAY HELLO TO BABAK, or, GIVE MY REGARDS TO BABAK.

Ja, det ska jag göra. YES, I WILL.

Bra, tack. GREAT, THANKS.

Varsågod!

Invariably, you will come across this word – varsågod – YOU’RE WELCOME!

Varsågod is an interjection: Varsågod means many things: HERE YOU ARE, YOU ARE WELCOME, varsågod is uttered when handing something to somebody and appreciated the gesture by uttering – varsågod.

Varsågod is a formed of three words: var + så + god (var = was, så = so, god = good)

Varsågod could also mean Goodbye, You are welcome! Here you are! There you are! An invitation to several people.

Behold, sometimes varsågod is uttered when offering something to someone, for example, something to eat – varsågoda!

You are about to enter into the office or a building, and you meet a stranger or an acquaintance or a colleague, you can let him or her go in first, you say: varsågod!