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Are Sweden and Denmark Breaking-Up Over Postage? Posted by on Jan 22, 2020

It doesn’t look good for the Swedish-Danish post giant PostNord. While package deliveries are at all all-time high, PostNord is losing money, pushing it to the verge of bankruptcy. Digitalization has shifted trends in postage, creating less than desirable conditions for both consumers and workers in the postal industry. Let’s unpack why this story is…

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I Feel Sick – Words and Phrases Posted by on Jan 14, 2020

Hur mår du? How are you feeling? Unfortunately, it’s quite common this time of year for folks to catch a cold. Whether you have the little “bug” going around the office, or the flu, it is no fun to be sick! In this post I’ll cover some vocab that is helpful to know when you’re…

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Listening Activity with Petter’s “Början på allt” Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

Början pa allt, “The Start of it All” is the title track of the 2013 album by Swedish hip-hop artist Petter. It also happens to be a really great New Year’s song. So, for today’s blog, I’ll dissect this song a little bit and have you do some listening. If hip-hop is not your favorite…

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Be Better This New Year with Resolutions in Swedish Posted by on Dec 31, 2019

As we say hej då to 2019, some folks will ring in the New Year by making lofty goals and striving to be a better person. Ett nyårslöfte is Swedish for a New Year’s Resolution. Swedes and Americans alike share in this tradition of making goals and promises for the upcoming year. In this blog…

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A Master List of Swedish Resources for Christmas Posted by on Dec 24, 2019

God jul, folks! This year for Christmas I’m giving you all the gift of web resources! The internet is truly a magical place nowadays for language study, but there is a lot out there and it can be hard to sort it all out. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite web resources for grammar…

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Bake your own Swedish pepparkakor! Posted by on Dec 18, 2019

Each Christmas, I make a few Swedish recipes to share with family and friends. My two favorites are glögg, wine mulled in spices, and pepparkakor, crispy, spicy ginger cookies. While these recipes are old classics, I love them because they are also staples for modern Swedish holiday celebrations. Many Swedish-American food traditions are recipes that…

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Swedish Short Answers Posted by on Dec 10, 2019

Today I’d like to focus on Swedish kortsvar, or short answer format. This comes into play when answering yes or no questions and uses an inverted structure. Essentially, it’s the “yes, I do” or “no, I do not” of Swedish.  There are a few different ways of answering questions in Swedish. The first way is…

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