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Let’s learn some numbers!

Although not the most exciting, both the alphabet and numbers are two of the most important building blocks when starting a new language. With very few words and numbers you can start using Swedish in the shops & markets in no time.

Before we get started – let’s not forget Zero!

noll – zero

Ok, on to your first 20 Swedish numbers : )
Listen to the video and repeat after each pronunciation.

 

1 – 20

1 - 20
ettoneelvaeleven
tvåtwotolvtwelve
trethreetrettonthirteen
fyrafourfjortonfourteen
femfivefemtonfifteen
sexsixsextonsixteen
sjusevensjuttonseventeen
åttaeightartoneighteen
nioninenittonnineteen
tiotentjugotwenty

ABOVE TWENTY

Above twenty, just like in english we start adding the lower numbers to multiples of ten.
These are written as one word.

tjugoett – twenty one
tjugotvå – twenty two
tjugotre – twenty three
tjugofyra – twenty four

And so on.

 

COUNTING TO 100 

To count to 100 we will have to learn our multiples of 10. 

trettiothirty
fyrtioforty
femtiofifty
sextiosixty
sjuttioseventy
åttioeighty
nittioninety
hundraone hundred

Now we have everything we need to count to 999. All we have to do is put the numbers together.
And again, these are written as one word!

So let’s look at some examples. 

21tjugoett
46fyrtiosex
98nittioåtta
167hundrasextiosju
355trehundrafemtiofem
534femhundratrettiofyra
777sjuhundrasjuttiosju
982niohundraåttiotvå

1000 & Above 

Counting above 1000 is going to be just as easy as the previous numbers only we have to learn just a few more words. 

a thousandett tusen
one millionen miljon
one billionen miljard
one trillionen biljon
one quadrilliontusen biljoner

Here are some more examples.

8,230åttiotusentvåhundratrettio
10,000tio tusen
98,450nittionio tusen fyrahundrafemtio
1,500,230en miljon femhundratusen tvåhundratrettio
7,300,000sju miljoner trehundratusen
2,000,000,000två miljarder

TIPS !

You might have noticed while watching the video, when spoken fast, or putting many numbers together – some of the endings will get chopped of. Trettio becomes Tretti and Tjugo Tjugi etc. 

It’s just another one of those language learning things you will have ot get used to. Apply this knowledge and you will be sounding like a Swede in no time. 

Check out our post on ordinal numbers to learn all the numbers you need for dates on a calendar.

 

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