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Emphasizing adjectives in Swedish with “så” and “sådan” Posted by on Nov 30, 2015

There are lots of ways to emphasize adjectives in Swedish. Many of these ways are very similar to how we emphasize adjectives in English. One way to emphasize adjectives in Swedish is to use så or sådan. Both create the same emphasis, but they are used in different ways. The difference between så and sådan is similar…

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Swedish Tongue-Twisters. Part Two. Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

Have you mastered the tongue-twisters from last week? Personally, I think “sex laxar i en laxask” is the trickiest. If you haven’t had a chance to practice yet, take a look at Swedish Tongue-Twisters. Part One. If you have, get ready for a new set of tongue-twisters. These are a little bit harder and maybe…

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Swedish Tongue-Twisters. Part One. Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

Tongue-twisters are a lot of fun. I remember several from my childhood, trying to say them faster and faster only to eventually be spitting out vowels and consonants in complete disarray. Then laughing. A lot. I was easily amused.   But it turns out that being able to spit out “Sally sells sea shells by…

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Swedish exclamations using “vad” and “vilken” Posted by on Nov 10, 2015


Hey! It’s the fuzz! Run away! Careful, now! Cheers! All of those are examples of exclamations, known this way because they are short phrases we exclaim. Some or all instances might be called interjections, depending on whom you ask. In Swedish, as in many other languages, there are various types of interjections. The kind we’ll…

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Swedish Word Order with Question Words Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

The world’s languages vary immensely. There are an infinite number of things which can be different among languages. One of these things is the use of question words: what kind of sentence patterns they usually come in, as well as how they, when used as subordinating conjunctions, differ from other subordinating conjunctions. (“Whoa, what’s…

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100 ordinal numbers in Swedish! Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

Hallå hallå! It’s finally November! For folks in the States, this means Thanksgiving season has finally started after an October filled with anticipation for Halloween. In Sweden, November is just another month, usually cold and rainy. But Christmas is closer! Today, let’s talk about ordinal numbers. “What’s that,” you wonder? Well, put simply, it’s the…

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