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Step-up your Swedish with Helping Verbs Posted by on Nov 12, 2019

Gamla Stan / Simon Paulin

Mastering Swedish hjälpverb, or helping verbs, is a stellar skill.  Once my Swedish students have good command over basic sentence structure and present tense verbs, it’s go-time for this concept in class! Helping verbs are sprinkled everywhere into everyday Swedish, and are important in building conversation skills.  A helping verb modifies the main verb…

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An Introduction to Swedish Musik Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Music is a huge passion of mine, so I’ve decided to dedicate the first post of each month to it. Music allows listeners to explore a variety of narratives within a culture and is a fantastic tool for language acquisition. Whether it’s boosting general listening comprehension or learning the rhythm of spoken language, music…

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Trick or treat! Bus eller godis! Posted by on Oct 29, 2019

With Halloween this Thursday, spooky celebrations are in full-swing in the United States. Kids spend months planning their Halloween costumes, houses are adorned in creepy decorations, and neighbors stock up on candy to hand out to hordes of trick-or-treaters. In Sweden, the end of October traditionally symbolizes Alla helgons dag, All Saints’ Day.  However, Halloween…

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As Fall Sets in, Swedes Bring on the “mys” Posted by on Oct 22, 2019

Two men enjoying a "mysig" fika

As temperatures drop and the cold weather blues set in, Swedes harness “mys.” The Danish and Norwegian “hygge” is not the only Nordic concept used to encapsulate wellbeing and coziness.  The phenomenon of long and cold winters in Scandinavia is nothing new, so instead of letting the lack of sun and cold temperatures get them…

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New Swedish costume drama might mark a new era after Swedish crime stories Posted by on Nov 19, 2018

Sweden is well known of its crime stories like Innocently Convicted (Oskyldigt dömd) from 2008, The Hypnotist (Hypnotisören) from 2012, The Millenium TV-series based on the novels of Stig Larsson (Men who hate women (Män som hatar kvinnor), The girl who played with fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) & The girl who kicked the Hornet’s nest…

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Still no government in Sweden Posted by on Nov 12, 2018

The 25 September voted most of the Swedish parliament (Riksdagen) against Stefan Löfvén the sitting prime minister (statsminister) from the Socialdemocratic party. The most recent elections was held on 9/9 where the turn out was very close between the right and the left block: Alliance coalition between: (Moderate Party, Liberals, Center, Christian Democrats) 40,2 % Red-green…

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Language learning in Europe Posted by on Oct 22, 2018

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in Swedish (Gemensam referensram för språk) aka. GERS is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. A – Language User at a new-beginner level A1 – Breakthrough A2 – Waystage B – Independent User B1 – Threshold B2 – Vantage C – Advanced user C1 – Effective…

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