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Archive for October, 2010

SwS Episode 2: A day in the life of a Swede Posted by on Oct 29, 2010

Tjena! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? After a month of waiting, editing, and finalizing, I’ve finally got a new video to share with you all! Hopefully the next one won’t take as long to finish; I’d like to begin posting at least once every other week. I imagine I will become more time-efficient in…

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Office Swedish part 2 Posted by on Oct 28, 2010

  So here is part two for some very useful Swedish office definitions. Enjoy! Tjänstepension: It is a part of your future pension. You can divide the pension in Sweden into 3 parts. (Statlig pension, tjänstepension, own private pension savings). This one is paid in by your employers through the years. You have to work at…

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Office Swedish part 1 Posted by on Oct 26, 2010

Many of our readers live and work in Sweden, but if you are still at SFI course (Swedish for Immigrants) or speak English at work you might wonder about certain expressions and what they mean at work. I have collected here some useful information for you. Lönespecifikation: It is a free template that comes via…

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Swedish Curse Words Posted by on Oct 23, 2010

I’m not going to teach you any Swedish curse words. Sorry. They are easy enough to find online anyway, and to be perfectly honest, cursing in Swedish is such a common thing that it doesn’t carry nearly the same gravitas as it does in the English language. Which is what is so fascinating to me…

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Subjects vs. Objects Posted by on Oct 20, 2010

Sometimes Swedish pronunciation can be a bit tricky.  Är sounds like e, dagen sounds like dawn, sedan sounds like sen.  Plenty of letter are ignored.  Then of course, there is de.  Which sounds like dom.  And dem, which also sounds like dom.  Both are pronouns, one however, de is a subject, while dem is an…

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Nakedness on the beach Posted by on Oct 19, 2010

In Sweden children can run around on the beach completely naked until about the age of 6 or 7. This is fully encouraged and accepted by everybody on the beach, it is not seen as something bad, on the contrary as something good and nice. Parents don’t want their children to feel embarrassed about being…

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Scandal tv – back with a venegeance Posted by on Oct 18, 2010

“Eight young people who had never met before spent the summer of their lives together in a beach house in Tylösand. We filmed everything. This is what happened. Sensitive viewers are hereby being warned.” This is the intro and the plot for a new Swedish tv-show called “Kungarna av Tylösand” (The kings of Tylösand) and boy…

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