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Swedish Idioms Round Two, Go to Hekla and Fox Sleep Posted by on Oct 29, 2020

Last week, I wrote about some common idioms that you’re bound to hear in every day Swedish. In doing research for that post, I discovered some rather obscure ones too. I’ll share some of those in this post as well as share the origin stories behind a couple of classic idioms. Nu kör vi! Let’s…

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10 Common Swedish Idioms – “Shrimp Sandwiches” and “Cows on the Ice” Posted by on Oct 22, 2020

Idioms are the best. They are playful phrases we use to describe a situation by metaphor or figure of speech. The literal translations don’t make sense and often leave non-native speakers scratching their heads – “Huh, what do they mean by saying it’s raining cats and dogs?” There are several of these sayings that sound…

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Let’s Vote! Election Vocabulary på svenska Posted by on Oct 16, 2020

‘Tis the Season…for holiday Cheer? No, not quite. Why it’s the season for the American Election of course. Whether you’re “celebrating” or not, we are inundated with the latest polling numbers, debates, headlines, etc. The American Election, especially with a presidential race on the ballot, is covered in world news quite closely, especially in Sweden…

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Swedish Autumn Vocab with Elsa Beskow’s Höstvisa Posted by on Oct 9, 2020

“Det glimmar i guld och klaraste rött / It’s glimmering of yellow and the clearest röd.” It feels as if I’ve landed in Elsa Beskow’s version of autumn as it is in her poem Höstvisa. In Minnesota, the trees are almost glowing with reds, yellows, and oranges, and the light it casts it reminiscent of…

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Social Reflections on the Musikblogg- “Misstänkt” Posted by on Oct 2, 2020

For this month’s music highlight, we’re returning to a theme that I touched on in the blog earlier this summer – what do conversations of racial and social inequality look like in Sweden? Looking to a culture’s music will often tell you. This post will cover the collaboration between Swedish artists, rapper Timbuktu and songstress…

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