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Glad Midsommar! Posted by on Jun 24, 2016

Glad Midsommar gott folk! The Midsummer eve that we are actually celebrating today is also known as St. John’s Day (English) or Juhannus (Finland) Szent-Iván éj (Hungary). The tradition has pagan origins. In Sweden we celebrate always on the weekend of the summer soltice so actually the longest day has already been on the 21st…

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Veronica Maggio – Dumpa mig in Swedish and English Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

Read the English lyrics by clicking on the hyperlink: här Tog tåget ner, du skulle dumpa mig Bättre på plats än genom telefon Jag visste inte vad som väntade Första semestern på fyra år Som jag förstod var vi förälskade Du sa att ingen vart så bra som jag Vi talade om allt och älskade…

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24 European Country Names in Swedish Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

The 2016 UEFA European Championship in soccer is going on right now. In fact, Sweden plays in just a couple of hours against Belgium. By the time you read this, you’ll probably know who won. It’s been a while since Sweden did much on the international soccer stage. In fact, you have to go back…

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Five Swedish Phrasal Verbs You Need to Know Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

About 15 years ago, I watched a lot of Comedy Central. And for whatever reason, a song by a guy named Rob Paravonian stuck with me. It’s about life. It’s about growing up. It’s about soul searching. And most important, it’s about particle board. The chorus begins “Particle board/All the furniture I own is made…

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Swedish grammar: Conjunctions and subjunctions Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

In Swedish, there are three main conjunctions: och, eller, and men – “and”, “or”, and “but”, respectively. Conjunctions are grammatical words which are used to represent a connection between two words of the same kind. For example, en mor och en far – “a mother and a father”; glad men trött – “happy but tired”. Conjunctions…

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“Myself”, “yourself”, etc. in Swedish Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

Many of you already know that Swedish employs reflexive verbs, just like in German or Spanish. For example, Albert rakar sig. – Albert is shaving. In the example, att raka sig means “to shave (oneself)”. It differs from att raka (i.e., without sig), in that it refers specifically to the subject shaving her/himself. Without…

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