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Archive for February, 2009

Alla hjärtans dag Posted by on Feb 15, 2009

That’s what Valentine’s Day is called in Sweden. alla – all hjärta (def. hjärtat, pl. hjärtan, def. pl. hjärtana) – heart dag – day You’d know immediately that something is up by all the chocolate hearts at the supermarkets. And for those on a strict budget there are boxes of red geléhjärtan (as Mats has…

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“Swedish – An Essential Grammar” – book review Posted by on Feb 13, 2009

“Swedish – An Essential Grammar” Authors: Philip Holmes and Ian Hinchliffe Published by Routledge ISBN: 0-415-16048-0 I totally forgot I had this book. Yesterday I was cleaning out some stuff and whoops, it just fell out of the box and hit me on the head. I think I packed it away because once upon a…

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If – om, Adverbial Clauses Posted by on Feb 10, 2009

A couple of posts back Mo asked how to say stuff like “if you are….I am ….” And since she asked, I thought it would be a good idea to talk today about adverbial clauses (adverbialsbisatser). What is an adverbial clause? It’s when an entire subordinate clause sentence can act as an adverbial. Uh-huh, I…

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How To Read a Car Ad Posted by on Feb 7, 2009

It looks like we’ll have to sell our car. Why? To buy a better car. Ours is not bad, but it’s time to upgrade. And besides, I’d rather have a kombi (wagon) than a 2-door coupé. So, my guy delegated me to prepare a sale ad. Since I’ve never done it before, in any language,…

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Airports in Stockholm Posted by on Feb 3, 2009

I just got to spend a day in Stockholm, and as you’ve probably realized, that doesn’t happen every often. Stockholm is simply too far. And getting there can be quite pricey, too. In fact, it frequently turns out cheaper to fly from Stockholm to another country than it is to fly within Sweden. True, you’d…

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