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Transforming Words with Swedish Suffix -het Posted by on Sep 24, 2020

Ärlighet, öppenhet, verklighet… Honesty, openness, reality. These dynamic words are made possible by the Swedish suffix -het. Its English equivalents are -ty, -ity, and -ness, making it a noun-forming suffix. The three-letter addition of -het transforms simple adjectives into big-concept nouns. Words ending in -het are excellent additions to your intermediate and advanced vocabulary…

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Exploring the Swedish Suffix -is Posted by on Sep 18, 2020

This week we’re going to take a look at the Swedish suffix -is. Originally, derived from Latin, Swedes use this ending to shorten nouns, transform verbs, and throw down some slang. This -is ending is everywhere, so let’s dig in! Originally, Swedish adopted the -is ending from Latin. The Swedish word for “free” is gratis…

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Got a kvart? Spend it with Parisa Amiri & Jason Diakité! Posted by on Sep 11, 2020

Have fifteen minutes? Great, I’ve got a recommendation for you! En kvart plus ett samtal equals SVT’s interview show Kvartsamtalet, where Host Parisa Amiri meets notable Swedes in politics, music, and pop culture. The show has a playful style that allows for a few laughs but also makes space for candid discussion.  Language instructors are…

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Saying hej då to Summer with Moonica Mac Posted by on Sep 4, 2020

Photo: Moonica Mac, Scandinavian Standard

Although I regret to say it, summer is on its way out. Luckily, one of Sweden’s most enchanting singer/songwriters is here to help us say hej då. “Till slutet av augusti” by Moonica Mac is the focus for this month’s musikblogg post. I’ll provide a quick intro to the artist, teach you some verbs from…

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