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Archive for October, 2010

Swedes love HUGS!  Posted by on Oct 15, 2010

If you have lived in Sweden for a period of time and have Swedish friends then you will surely recognize all the hugs (kramar/kram) that are given. If you look sad, when you are happy or look worried, anytime you are around friends (and sometimes even when you aren’t) you will receive hugs. It is…

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Passive in Swedish Posted by on Oct 14, 2010

The passive structures are often used in the language of press, official documents and advertising. It is a comfortable and useful construction if you don´t want to point out the person who does the action or it is of unimportance for example: Han sköts ihjäl i parken, Gamla kläder bytes ej, Föremål bör ej ställas i…

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Swedish Astrology Posted by on Oct 12, 2010

  To improve your Swedish you need to be creative if you don´t have books available where you live. But you have internet nowadays almost everywhere. Finding good resources are essential when it comes to your language learning. It doesn´t have to be complicated at all. Adjectives, adverbs and idiomatic expressions are one of the hardest parts…

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Surströmming – heaven or hell? Posted by on Oct 8, 2010

As mentioned before, my life as an expat Swede has made me more Swedish then ever. I bake Swedish, I cook Swedish, I decorate our house with Sweden, I celebrate Swedish festivals like mad and most of all, I crave, eat and cherish Swedish food. Actually, I cherish it up to the point where I actually…

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What do you know about Sweden? Posted by on Oct 6, 2010

In your country do you ever talk about Sweden? How did you get to know what you know?  On the news? Might not be very often… As a Swede living abroad the question “where do you come from” is very often asked. When the asker hears the answer you will most likely get a polite if not…

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Vilken vs. Vilket Posted by on Oct 5, 2010

We all know our en and ett words by now right? ett hus en bil ett äpple en familj ett bord en flodhäst ett skrivbord en penna ett näbbdjur en telefon There’s no real rule to knowing the en and ett words (except that there are many more en words than ett words so when…

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Rain coat or umbrella? Posted by on Oct 4, 2010

In a lot of countries, students’ paths to school might be filled with danger. You might get off school for heavy rain, taiphuns, earthquakes etc. etc. In Sweden it is major news (like huge flooding) if students get off school because of weather. It is rarely even in the winter when it is closer to…

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