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Learning with Veronica Maggio Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Vocabulary

I’m a big fan of trying to use different forms of media to learn a language.  Last week we posted some tips for learning Swedish. One of those tips was to listen to the radio.  Sveriges Radio does a great job of offering many of their programs no matter where you are in the world.  If all else fails though, there is always YouTube.

Some songs are great for just listening to.  They allow you to hear the nuances, slang, and dialect of a native Swedish speaker.  That is always a good thing. But if you listen, really listen to the lyrics, you can find all kinds of words, phrases, and ideas that you, as a language learner, will want to pick up on.

Tibor did a great job a while back of providing you with numbers from 1-100. Couple that with a post about telling time from way back when, and you’ve got yourself a great activity for checking out how far you’ve come with learning your numbers.

Below then you’ll see a YouTube clip of Veronica Maggio’s song “Välkommen in.”  You’ll also find the lyrics.  I’ve deleted every reference to a number or time.  There are a few of them in this short song. As you listen to the song, follow along with the lyrics here and try to fill in the blanks.  When you’re done, check out your answers on the link provided below.

Veronica Maggio – Välkommen in

Du, jag slänger ner en nyckel ifrån fönstret i köket
Jag bor _____ trappor upp och du är välkommen in
Massa skor i hela hallen, folk vid fläkten som röker
Det är fest hos mig ikväll och hela världen är min

Oooh, ooh, sång på sång
Det ekar över hela staden
Åh, nått stort på gång
För det är kö från gatan upp till hallen

Och grannarna har klagat sedan ____  ________   ________
Nu är alla i mitt kök och jag är alldeles paj
Spelar pappas skiva ifrån ___________
De sjunger “Cosa vuol dir sono una donna ormai?
O mare nero, mare nero, mare ne”
Sänker volymen, låter alla sjunga med
Kan inte tänka, jag står bara här och ler


Det ekar över alla taken
Ja, det är kö från gatan upp till hallen

Dunkande hjärtan klockan ______  _______  ________
Imma på rutorna men ingen går hem
Flackande blickar upp och ner och igen, åh
Ingen vet ifall det verkligen hänt
Ingen vet ifall det verkligen hänt
Imma på rutorna men ingen går hem, åh
Dunkande hjärtan klockan ______  _______  ________
Ingen vet ifall det verkligen hänt

Verkligen hänt
Sång på sång

Det ekar över hela staden
För det är kö från gatan upp till hallen


The full lyrics can be found here at LetsSingIt.

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About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.


  1. Letícia:

    That was fun! Music is really a big help when learning a new language. And I got all the words right, yay! 🙂
    Also, I love the line “Massa skor i hela hallen”, that’s a nice bit of Swedish culture right there!

  2. Laura:

    Thanks so much! This was extremely helpful! Plus, the song is pretty cool too.

  3. Marcus Cederström:

    Glad it was helpful!