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Old Norse words in English Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

We know that English is a mixture of a lot of languages like Celtic, Gaelic, Latin languages and also some Old Norse. Have you ever thought about it that there is a deeper connection to the Nordics in Scotland and England than you would think? There are plenty of traces of Old Norse in different…

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Lisa Ekdahl´s Vem vet with English and Swedish subs. Posted by on Sep 27, 2011

Agnetha Fältskog-Doktorn Posted by on Dec 7, 2010

Do you remember Agnetha from ABBA? Of course you do. But have you heard her singing in Swedish? Here is this song (in Swedish with the English translation) from 1975. I haven´t succeeded in finding a live performance or a video to this song but if you do, please link me to it. So I can…

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Hangover anxiety, anyone? Posted by on Dec 18, 2009

It’s a well known fact that Swedish is influenced by English. Unfortunately, this relationship does not work both ways. Apart from smorgasbord and ombudsman, there’s not much Swedish influences in general English (apart from in Scottish, but that’s a whole different post). But Swedish is full of great words that pretty much speak for themselves and words that…

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Why Do We Learn Swedish? Posted by on Sep 18, 2009

“Why bother learning Swedish?” someone asked me recently. “Everybody in Sweden speaks perfect English,” the person continued, “so what’s the point?” Hmmm… yeah, really? It’s true that one of the first things that a visitor to Sweden will notice is that almost everyone speaks English here. Maybe not perfect English, but English that is easily…

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