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Archive for November, 2012

How to Use “Man” in Swedish Posted by on Nov 30, 2012

Man is one of those sometimes confusing words in Swedish. It can be used a couple of different ways and mean a couple of different things. First, and maybe most obvious, it means “man” in English when you’re just using it as your classic noun. It can also be used to create a passive tense…

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Using the construction “Det känns som …” Posted by on Nov 29, 2012

Greetings, readers! I hope you enjoyed my previous post about Göteborg. (If you haven’t checked it out, you’re missing a personally-filmed video!) This time around, I would like to discuss a certain construction found in the Swedish language, namely sentences that start or end with the phrase Det känns som … . It is a…

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Swedish Numbers 1 – 20 with video Posted by on Nov 27, 2012

Gummy numbers by Zap the Dingbat via Flickr

We’ve created this simple table of Swedish numbers from 1 to 20 for those of you who are new students of the Swedish language. We’ve also included a video (below) with voice pronunciation. Listen to it a few times, and make sure to practice saying the words out loud too.  Actually practicing saying the words out…

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Som – A Swedish Relative Pronoun Posted by on Nov 16, 2012

I have a brother. He lives in Sweden. I have another brother. He lives in the US. These are four acceptable English sentences. If I was describing my family to you, you would know exactly what I was talking about. I would have conveyed meaning. You may also have found this manner of speaking to…

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Göteborg – Gothenburg Posted by on Nov 13, 2012

The city of Göteborg, perhaps better known as Gothenburg outside of Scandinavia, is Sweden’s second-largest city with just over 500 000 inhabitants. It is a beautiful city with a lot to offer, from an indoor zoo called Universeum to the Scandinavia-wide famous Liseberg amusement park. There are also several churches to be observed around the…

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Toilet phrases in Swedish Posted by on Nov 7, 2012

This post will not be about how to say so many rude things as possible even though rude words seem to be some of the first people learn in a new language. The aim of this post is to give you phrases you can use when looking for a bathroom or you need to excuse…

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