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Archive for January, 2014

The Laid-Back Swedish Sentence – S-Passive! Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

We’ve written a bit about passive verbs here in the past (Where does the -s-passive come from?, Making active verbs passive in Swedish, Passive in Swedish), but it’s been a while, so I thought I would revisit the subject by focusing exclusively on the s-passive. First, the passive gets used quite a bit in newspaper…

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That’s just the worst. In Swedish. Posted by on Jan 27, 2014

Are you struggling to complain about things in Swedish? Not sure how to say something is worse than something else? Or the worst even? It may be because there are actually two words for the English word, “worse.” Värre and sämre both, technically, mean “worse.” But there are some nuances that will help you learn exactly…

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Why do we speak differently? Different Swedish dialects Posted by on Jan 5, 2014

There are some areas of Sweden where the Swedish language hasn’t really been affected very much by the standard language and which still can be traced back to what is often referred to as Old Norse. In Swedish these dialects are usually called sockenmål or bygdemål. This is a documentary made quite a few years…

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No snow in Sweden Posted by on Jan 4, 2014

It is the first week of January, and still no snow. Of course some areas in the most northern parts of Sweden have had some, on and off, but mostly no more than a sprinkling that has disappeared within 24 hours. Umeå is Norrland’s biggest city, Sweden’s 12th biggest and the capital of culture this…

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10 best Swedish snow toys Posted by on Jan 3, 2014

This post will make you an expert in the vocabulary of the best and most common Swedish winter toys. As you’ll be able to see from the following pictures ALL ages love these. Both adults, teenagers and youngsters go out every winter and play with these. Whole families go out together and spend hours out…

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