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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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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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Find the Fel – Proofreading Test in Swedish Posted by on Aug 28, 2020

Is there a Coronavirus mask mandate in Sweden? Let’s do an exercise while we find out! In today’s blog, we’ll put our Swedish proofreading to the test using an 8 Sidor article that I’ve altered to include mistakes.  First, let’s review some vocabulary for your comprehension. These terms are the ones we’re all using to…

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