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Building Particle Verbs with Gå Posted by on Dec 11, 2020

Verbs start out as just one word like in the example “Speak.” But when they add a particle “Speak” + “up” = “Speak up” the meaning changes completely. The short words that help transform regular old verbs into particle verbs, or phrasal verbs, are common prepositions or adverbs – so you’ll recognize them! Words like…

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Good, Better, Bäst! Comparing Adjectives – The Irregulars Posted by on Aug 14, 2020

Two posts ago, I covered comparative adjectives – happy, happier, happiest, remember?  This essential grammar concept allows you to mention your younger cousin, older sister, or the best ice cream place in town. This week we’ll move to the irregular adjectives in their comparative form, but don’t worry, there are patterns here, too! Okej, nu…

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Happy, Happier, Happiest – Comparing Adjectives in Swedish Posted by on Jul 31, 2020

Credit: Martin Svalander / Image Bank Sweden, "Growing Up in Sweden."

Glad, gladare, gladast! Happy, happier, happiest! The endings for comparative and superlative follow a pattern in Swedish, it’s pretty straightforward, hurra! I’ll introduce some of the regular adjectives this week, and cover the irregular bunch in two weeks. This post was inspired by a reader’s comment on a blog a few weeks back. I love…

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Even Spicier… Bisatser with Adverbs! Posted by on Jul 24, 2020

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Last week I covered dependent clauses, or bisatser, and some common words to know when using presenting a bisats. So, have you practiced?! Vad bra, we’re going to do bisatser 201 now. Specifically, what to do when adding an adverb into your bisats.  I mentioned last week that bisatser consist of an intro word (bisatsinledare)…

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Swedish Preposition Breakdown: OM Posted by on Jul 1, 2020

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“Om.” No, today we’re not going to discuss the sacred Sanskrit mantra chanted in prayer or yoga… but I’ll guarantee that mastering your prepositions will lead to more balance in your Swedish speaking.  Meaning “about”, “if”, “in” and also used as a particle when paired with verbs, this little tricky word is everywhere, so let’s…

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Of, By, From? The Swedish Preposition “Av” Posted by on May 27, 2020

Prepositions are tricky parts of speech to master. I’ve covered this topic before with i and på, but there are plenty more for us to dissect! Attempting to translate prepositions directly from your native language into Swedish often doesn’t pan out. Sometimes the preposition is the same, sometimes not, sometimes you don’t even need a…

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Stream Smarter, Practice Swedish! Posted by on Apr 21, 2020

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People are consuming more media online now than ever more. Statistics show us that streaming of media content online is up almost 50% in some countries due to Coronavirus. With that in mind, I thought that I would highlight a couple of Swedish websites with movies and tv shows that are available right now via…

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