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The five senses in Swedish Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. What are they in Swedish? The sight of Gamla Stan (the Old Town) in Stockholm on a Spring day. The sound of waves against rock in the Swedish archipelago. The scent of trees in the forests of Norrland. The taste of a delicious fish dinner on the squares of…

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The “mellandagsrea” – end-of-year shopping in Sweden Posted by on Dec 29, 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly, or ’twas – the Christmas season has now passed. Christmas in Sweden is full of calm – from the First of Advent to the celebration of Saint Lucia on the 13th of December, and on to the Christmas holiday itself. All in the peaceful darkness of the high latitudes.…

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Expressions with animals Posted by on Dec 4, 2017

I won’t try to find an equivalent to all these in English language but I think many of these expressions are very close to the Swedish ones. Your homework will be to translate these because the list is long. Here is some help because my colleague already made a post like this earlier with idiomatic…

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Swedish Power Verbs: att vilja Posted by on Nov 30, 2017

Some verbs are just more useful than others. Att vilja, Swedish for “to want (to)”, is no exception! Att vilja is the full infinitive form – in other words, it includes the basic infinitive form vilja, “want (to do something)”, and att, “to” as used before a verb. (More on this in a later post.) The verb is…

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Halloween’s viking past Posted by on Nov 1, 2017

Halloween is no traditional holiday in Swedish culture, but that is not to say it doesn’t have its share of Nordic roots. Halloween is said to have come to be when the vikings invading the British Isles came in contact with the Celts around the turn of the 9th century (800’s AD). The vikings brought…

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