Writing a letter in Swedish

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3 min readJan 17, 2017

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Writing a letter

Today we are going to write our first letter/mail in Swedish to make the course more practical again. We are going to learn how to start the letter, which sentences we could use in the beginning and how to end the letter.

Let me guide you through the phrases that may be used while writing a letter. We shall start with some examples of informal letter openings:

Hejsan Hedvig,
Hi Hedvig,

Hej mamma och pappa,
Hi mom and dad,

Min kära,
My Dear,

Bästa Ulrika,
Dear Ulrika,

Min älskling,
My Love,

And how to start a formal letter? You can always open it with Hej Henrik, … that is ok. If you want to write a letter/mail as an employee for your customers you could use the following:

Kära kunder
Dear clients

The main body of the letter/mail can be various, nevertheless these phrases could be hlepful:

Tack för ditt brev.
Thank you for your letter.

Hur mår du?
How are you?

Jag mår jätte bra.
I am great.

Jag hoppas att du mår bra.
I hope that you are fine.

Jag hoppas att allt är bra med dig.
I hope that everything is ok.

You know some of the above mentioned phrases, I guess. Repetition is a key to Mastery, right? We should move to the why-do-we-even-write point and add more phrases for the possible beginnings of our letter:

Jag skriver för att berätta att …
I am writing to tell you that …

Har du några planer för …
Do you have any plans for …

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