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Archive for January, 2015

Swedish Learning Techniques at IKEA Posted by on Jan 27, 2015

At my friendly neighborhood IKEA, there is a sign staring back me when I leave, which is covered in green, yellow, and red smiley faces. The faces remind me of the best time to visit IKEA based on the number of people in the store. The red means super duper busy, the yellow super busy,…

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How to want in Swedish Posted by on Jan 22, 2015

Hejsan hejsan! Human beings need and want all over the place. Consequently, one of the most basic and, frankly, most important things you can learn to say in a foreign language is “I want”. It’s simply something you want to know how to say! (ho ho) In Swedish, there are two easy ways to say…

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Swedish Greetings in the New Year Posted by on Jan 19, 2015

January is coming to a close and most everyone is back to work after having taken time off for the holidays here in Sweden. That won’t stop you from hearing people greeting each other using the term god fortsättning. It literally means good continuation as in a continuation of the holidays. It’s a wonderful phrase…

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Awesomely easy Swedish grammar: Singular articles Posted by on Jan 14, 2015

Articles are words that are used to show whether a noun (person, place, or thing) is a specific one (previously metioned in conversation with a particular person) or an unspecific one. In English, we have three articles: a, an, and the. A and an have the same function: to show that the dog in the…

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Swedish Children’s Shows and Snoppen och Snippan Posted by on Jan 12, 2015

Yesterday, Bacillakuten had it’s season premier on Sveriges Television. This shouldn’t really be a big deal. The show is one of those fun kid’s shows that aims to teach children while hopefully keeping them somewhat entertained and happy. Bacillakuten focuses specifically on teaching children about the body. Again, not a huge deal, really. We all…

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