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Swedish Food – Pyttipanna or: How I Fed Myself in College Posted by on May 31, 2012

Recently, I was asked to put together a recipe for pyttipanna. Actually, I was asked to put together a recipe for a Scandinavian dish. When I think Swedish food, I think lots of things, but the one thing that I actually make on a regular basis is pyttipanna. Pyttipanna is essentially just a bunch of…

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Direct vs. Indirect Speech in Swedish Posted by on May 30, 2012

Just recently, we received a comment on Facebook (you should really check out our Facebook page. You get new vocab words every day, as well as great discussion and some beautiful pictures of Sweden!) about indirect vs. direct speech asking for a quick explanation. Tibor is working on some really great posts about Swedish syntax…

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Syntax in (Main and bi-clause) part 1. Posted by on May 29, 2012

Fundament is the most important part of a sentence, i.e. the word that comes on the first place in a Swedish sentence. On the first place there can be 5 different types of clause elements. These are the most usual ones. In my next post I will discuss subordinate clauses. Maybe you wonder what a…

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The Swedish Definite vs. Indefinite Posted by on May 28, 2012

It’s been quite a while since we discussed definite vs. indefinite nouns so I thought I’d dust it off for any of you new Swedish language learners. If you’d like, feel free to check out our two part series: En or Ett and En or Ett Continued. Of course, we’re all quite familiar with the…

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Loreen goes to the Eurovision Grand Final! Posted by on May 25, 2012

All of us in 30-degree (86 Fahrenheit) Sweden are very proud of our winner of Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s contest to choose its entry in the Europe-wide Eurovision Song Contest, and her continuous success with her song “Euphoria“. Last night, Loreen was voted by 50% jury and 50% televoting to go to the Grand Final, scheduled for…

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Expressing “coolness” in Swedish Posted by on May 24, 2012

I think most of you can agree on how important it is to be able to small talk. As a part of small talking I find some phrases are used more than others, for example phrases expressing your appreciation for something. Like saying “That’s cool” or “Wow, awesome”. Here are some “coolness” phrases in Swedish…

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Labor Shortages in Sweden – How to Find a Job Posted by on May 23, 2012

A few months ago, we wrote about finding a job in Sweden. It wasn’t easy to find a job then and it is not easy to find a job now, but the post included several tips to try to make things just a little bit easier. Or at least guide your job search. Recently though…

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