7 Swedish words that English speakers shouldn’t be confused about

Student blogs from Karolinska Institutet

As an expat in Sweden (although I do speak Swedish), I sometimes find it difficult not to laugh at some of the Swedish words that have the exact same spelling of English words, but mean something extremely different.

Amazingly enough, some of these words are so commonly used that you can almost hear or read them many times a day.

Here’s a list of 7 words that I think English speaking people shouldn’t be confused about when they come to Sweden. *

1. Bad:


The “A” in Swedish is pronounced like “Ah” which means that this word  “bad” is not the one that you’re familiar with, but is pronounced “b(ah)d”.

Apart from how it’s pronounced,

Bad (n) = Bathroom (or pool sometimes as you can see in the pic)

Bad (v) = Past tense of the verb “Ber” which means “Ask for/Pray”

2. Barn:Swedish Barn

Although it sounds almost the same…

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