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The Swedish Kitchen Series: Festmiddag Posted by on Nov 26, 2021

The holidays are upon us! And because I’ve been busy cooking Thanksgiving dishes today, I wanted to take another look at Svenska institutet’s booklet on Swedish food and traditions,“Det svenska köket.” Festmiddag (Dinner Party) is the last chapter of the book and reflects the culture of the sometimes formal, yet relaxed Swedish dinner party among…

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5 Irregular Swedish Verbs You Need to Master Posted by on Nov 19, 2021

A student recently reminded me how difficult it is to memorize irregular verbs in your foreign language. Well actually, she said, “Swedish irregular verbs are the worst.” Att vara, att se, att göra, to name a few, are among the most common words used in daily Swedish. Just as language learning is a balance of…

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COP26 Verbs and Nouns in Swedish Posted by on Nov 12, 2021

The multi-day United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, is about to wrap up. Political leaders, climate scientists, and activists came to Glasgow, Scotland to spark action, address shortcomings, and reach international agreements to curb climate change. This week, we’ll look at the 8sidor article Politikerna lovar förändring (The politicians promise change), and learn some important…

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Hotel Amigo by Thomas Stenström with First Aid Kit Posted by on Nov 5, 2021

We’re in Arizona, at the Spread Eagle Bar. Our company is no other than the Swedish musicians Thomas Stenström and First Aid Kit. They’ve invited us to share in a moment from their latest song, “Hotel Amigo”. It may seem strange that these artists with Nordic roots are taking us down the Americana route, but…

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New Science Backs Viking Debut in North America Posted by on Oct 29, 2021

Just when the Vikings start to fall out of fashion, they do it again. Scientists utilized a new dating technique to reinforce that not only were the Vikings the first Europeans to reach the North American continent, we now have an exact year. In 1021, centuries before Columbus even thought of crossing the Atlantic, the…

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Into the Woods: Swedish Tree Vocabulary Posted by on Oct 22, 2021

Trees deserve all the credit. They provide us with clean air, the material to wood to build and heat our homes, so why don’t we know their names? Seems like the least we could do. To keep the skog momentum going from last week’s mushrooming post, I thought we should spend some time catching up…

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Sweden, A Mushroom-Loving Culture Posted by on Oct 15, 2021

Do you live in a mycophilic or a mycophobic culture? These adjectives of Greek origin mean either mushrooming-loving or the latter, mushroom-fearing. Foraging for wild mushrooms is commonplace in Nordic, Slavic, and Baltic countries, yet it’s not a tradition that’s taken root with American immigrant culture. Swedish youngsters grow up learning how to safely identify…

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