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New Year’s Eve in Sweden Posted by on Dec 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve in Sweden tends to be celebrated with family and friends, just like in a lot of countries. Fancy clothes are worn, delicious dinners are eaten, plenty of champagne consumed, and of course, the cell phone companies are overloaded with texts being sent.  It’s not too different than New Year’s Eve celebrations in…

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SwS Episode 4: Going home then, being home now Posted by on Dec 30, 2010

God dag! Told you I’d be back again this month with a useful Swedish language video! Here it is: I hope you find it helpful! I remember that I, myself, had trouble with this concept at one point, so I figured someone else here might, as well. 😉 Hope you like it, and have a…

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New words in Swedish Posted by on Dec 29, 2010

2010 will soon draw to a close and by the end of every year, Svenska språkrådet (The Swedish Language Council) puts together a list over the new words that have infiltrated the Swedish during the past year. The list normally contains between 40-50 words and it can be anything from new made up words, loan words…

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Trubbel Monica Zetterlund/Olle Adolphson Posted by on Dec 28, 2010

  Nu lyser ängarna av sommarns alla blommor. ( The meadows are lit with all the summer flowers now.) Nu surrar bin, och fåglar sjunger överallt. ( Bees are buzzing and birds singing everywhere now.) Nu stryker vinden genom trädens höga kronor (The wind is stroking through the high crowns of the trees) men i min trädgård…

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Short words/Kortord Posted by on Dec 27, 2010

  rea = realisation  It is the Swedish word for the English word sale. If you ask me, I think this is when actually the “real prices” are carried out or let´s say implemented. Who are they fooling??? bil = automobil eng. automobile/car  Self-propelled is the original meaning of this word. A Danish newspaper used the Scandinavian…

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God jul från oss! Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

It’s finally 24 December, the day when we wait for Santa to knock on our door while we eat an enormous amount of meatballs, ham and herring and sing this song to every shot of Aquavit: Hej, tomtegubbar, slå i glasen och låt oss lustiga vara! Hej, tomtegubbar, slå i glasen och låt oss lustiga vara! En…

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23 December – The day before the Dipping Day Posted by on Dec 23, 2010

Yet again, all of Sweden in completely covered in snow and you can’t find one single thermometer (outside…)  in the whole country showing above zero. -20, more likely. Snow is causing chaos all over Sweden with cancelled trains, unsafe roads and icy conditions and lots of people won’t make it home in time for Christmas Eve…

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