Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Swedish conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Swedish“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishSwedishPronunciation
(Audio)
(to) bevara
(to) haveha
(to) do / (to) makegöra
can / (to) know how tokan
(to) know (how)veta
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withkänna
(to) understandförstå
(to) speak / (to) talkprata
(to) listen tolyssna på
(to) hearhöra
(to) seese
(to) feelkänna
(to) liveleva
(to) wantvilja
(to) needbehöva
(to) likegilla
(to) loveälska
(to) givege
(to) taketa
(to) playleka
(to) laughskratta
(to) comekomma
(to) go
(to) go (by…)
(to) writeskriva
(to) readläsa
(to) counträkna
(to) pronounceuttala
(to) spellstava
(to) conjugatekonjugera
(to) rememberkomma ihåg
(to) forgetglömma
(to) eatäta
(to) tryförsök
(to) useanvända
(to) openöppna
(to) closestänga
(to) greet / (to) welcomehälsa
(to) beginbörja
(to) endsluta
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