Stream Smarter, Practice Swedish! Posted by Chelsea B on Apr 21, 2020 in Culture, Current Events, education, environment, Film, Geography, Grammar, Living in Sweden, Multimedia, Swedish Language, The Swedish blog team, Tourism, Travel, Video, Vocabulary
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 online platforms, mainly SVTplay.se and URskola.se.
First, I want to point out that different countries have different media licensing. That means that Netflix in the United States does not have the same offerings, in Sweden, or in Australia, etc. This is the same for Swedish television. Sveriges television has lots of content available on their website, but not all of it is available for people outside of Sweden.
Netflix currently offers the popular family drama, “Bonusfamiljen / Bonus Family”. For even more drama is “Störst av allt / Quicksand,” based on the hit novel by Malin Persson Giolito.
SVTplay.se – is the jackpot. This content is free and programs available to stream change often so if there is something there you like, watch it before it goes away! From the main page, click on “Program,” you can view all of the different genres. From Barn to Öppetarkiv and Nyheter, there is something for everyone!
Here are a couple of recommendations from SVTplay that are currently available to stream in the U.S.:
The iconic 1969 version of Pippi Långstrump from is available to stream from “Öppet arkiv,” a section that features Swedish classic tv and movies “from the archives.”
Nyheter på lätt svenska is “the news in easy Swedish.” This is great for intermediate level students looking to build vocab. The newscasters speak clearly and enunciate well.
Like renovation-style shows? Trädgårdstider is a popular show, sort of a gardening meets lifestyle-vibe, featuring tips and tricks for creating a dream gardening, including renovation and cooking.
From the Barn / Children’s category:
Fixa rummet: learn DIY-vocabulary as the handy hosts assist kids dream big and create a room or hangout space of epic proportions!
Lilla aktuellt: news for elementary-aged Swedish kids! (Pssst, listening to this age group is great practice for adults too!)
Alfons Åberg: classic cartoon for young kids. GREAT for vocab-building adults.
…there is plenty more available on SVTplay, so do some exploring.
Onto the next feature website, URplay. It’s comparable to the Swedish version of PBS, and focuses a lot on educational programming. It has a variety of options for all ages and interests.
One of my favorites is Grammatikbolaget, geared towards elementary Swedish students, it explains Swedish basic grammar concepts. Some of my students love it, some find it too cheesy, what do you think? …I kind of like cheesy 😉
Looking for some practice listening to Skånska? Geografens Europagåtor / “The Geographer’s European Riddle” features Mortensen, a Swede who speaks in a great southern- Swedish accent. Mortensen is traveling in Europe and films a digital postcard to send back to his friend Holger in Sweden. The watcher has to guess Mortensen’s location based on his clues.
The last one I’ll feature is De yttersta barnen “The outermost children.” This show has fyra avsnitt / four episodes, showcasing one child living in each of the four corners of Sweden. This show is great for environmental vocabulary because the kids team up with a climate researcher in each episode. Below is a wordlist I made for the first episode featuring Emilia i Abisko!
Discover any new programs with this list? Have any other ones you like? Sharing is caring, write them below in the comments!
en expert -> experter an expert/s
en miljöexpert an environmental expert
en hundgård a dog farm/dog kennel
en valp -> valpar a puppy /puppies
en klimatforskare a climate researcher
ett lock a lid
permafrosten the permafrost
en översvämning a flood
en myr a marsh
att göra experiment to do an experiment
att påverka to influence
att skapa to create
att ta reda på to find out
att känna to feel
att bero på to depend on
att släppa ut to release
att mäta to measure
att tinna to thaw
de yttersta platserna i Sverige the outermost places in Sweden
högst upp i norr high up in the north
längst ut i öster far out in the east
längst ner i söder far down in the south
längst ut till väster far out in the west
ett hållbart samhälle a sustainable society
den globala uppvärmningen global warming