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Archive for February, 2012

Björn Ranelid – thumbs up or thumbs down? Posted by on Feb 29, 2012

As all you faithful blog readers will know by now, both me and Marcus are huge fans of Melodifestivalen and we have written several posts about this important event throughout the years. Not so much this year though, despite this year’s final might be the most controversial yet. Why? Because one of the final 10…

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Sweden’s New Princess Posted by on Feb 28, 2012

In the summer of 2010, much of Sweden was fascinated by the marriage between Crown Princess Victoria and her husband to be, Daniel. Back in August of 2011 it was announced that Victoria was pregnant. And last week, the Swedish royal family welcomed a new princess – Estelle. The name was announced on Friday of…

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Computer Vocabulary in Swedish (Part 1) Posted by on Feb 27, 2012

Have you ever wondered how to say “motherboard” in Swedish? Well, now is your chance to find out! Here I have compiled a list of important terms you can use to help describe your computer in Swedish more specifically. en bildskärm – a monitor. skärmar, skärmen, skärmarna. en bärbar dator – a laptop. bärbara datorer…

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Long and short vowel sounds: second part Posted by on Feb 23, 2012

To continue explaining the confusing words that the Swedish language is filled with, why don’t we start with the two common words: “vila” and “villa”. “Vila” means to rest, and “villa” is a house. “Det ska bli skönt att vila lite” (“It’s going to be nice to have a little rest”) “Har du köpt en…

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Swedish Madlibs – Part Två Posted by on Feb 20, 2012

I know, I know. You’ve all been waiting with bated breath for the continuation of the Swedish Madlib that we posted a while back. Wait no more. Below you will find the story that all your different words will fill in. If you haven’t yet filled in your words, just for good measure, check out…

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Long and short vowels in Swedish: The a-sound Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

“Long or short vowel sound, does it really matter? I bet it doesn’t” I’m sure you’re thinking. But oh how wrong that would be. Because Swedish is full of tricky words that become completely different words if you mispronounce them. In this post I’ll just take up what you will be saying if you mispronounce…

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Hen – the Swedish gender neutral pronoun Posted by on Feb 15, 2012

A tiny three letter word is causing debates and mixed emotions in Sweden at the moment. The word is “hen” and it’s the new suggested gender neutral pronoun – born from what many people feel is a need for a pronoun free of preconceived notions about gender. (I should point out that the word itself…

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