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Hen – the Swedish gender neutral pronoun Posted by on Feb 15, 2012

A tiny three letter word is causing debates and mixed emotions in Sweden at the moment. The word is “hen” and it’s the new suggested gender neutral pronoun – born from what many people feel is a need for a pronoun free of preconceived notions about gender. (I should point out that the word itself…

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Stalkholming Posted by on Oct 26, 2011

Websites featuring good looking Swedish men and women out partying are not at all uncommon in Sweden. Every weekend, thousands of pictures are published featuring people out at the clubs.  Sometimes these websites are hosted by the clubs themselves, other times not. A new website in Sweden has emerged though, this one also publishing pictures…

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Real Gender Specific Nouns Posted by on Sep 4, 2008

In my last post, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I showed you a Swedish noun with a “real” gender. A noun that has both a male and a female version. That word was “skådespelare” which means an “actor”. This is actually a bit similar to what happens in English as well. We have an actor…

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En or Ett Posted by on Jun 23, 2008

It’s time for a little bit of grammar today, don’t you agree? And this particular bit of grammar is always confusing for English speakers. People, Swedish people naturally, will tell you that Swedish nouns are classed according to gender. And it’s all good, except when you try to find out exactly what gender those Swedish…

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