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Navigating Between Swedish Past and Perfect Tense Posted by on Jul 16, 2021

Memorizing and conjugating Swedish verbs needs to be more than just busywork. Learning how to use one tense over another is more important. To illustrate this point, we’re going to navigate the difference between the preteritum (past) and perfekt (perfect) tenses, and then how to use them together. So grab your favorite verb chart and…

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Happy, Happier, Happiest – Comparing Adjectives in Swedish Posted by on Jul 31, 2020

Credit: Martin Svalander / Image Bank Sweden, "Growing Up in Sweden."

Glad, gladare, gladast! Happy, happier, happiest! The endings for comparative and superlative follow a pattern in Swedish, it’s pretty straightforward, hurra! I’ll introduce some of the regular adjectives this week, and cover the irregular bunch in two weeks. This post was inspired by a reader’s comment on a blog a few weeks back. I love…

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Swedish Voices in Prose: Johannes Anyuru Posted by on Jun 17, 2020

Writers have been using prose to reflect upon the world around them for millennia. One of my favorite Swedish writers who does just that is Johannes Anyuru. Today, we’ll learn a bit about Anyuru and introduce his 2015 poem Aska (Ashes). Johannes Anyuru is a writer, poet, and playwright whose work focuses heavily on identity…

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Reggae Artist Kapten Röd on the Music Blog Posted by on Jun 3, 2020

This week’s music blog is coming to you from a difficult place, both mentally, and physically. If you’ve read my blogger bio, you know I live in Minnesota. Events surrounding the killing of George Floyd a week ago have created ripples globally; shedding meaningful light on deep racial injustice, and sparking actions that have resulted…

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Study techniques for advanced learners I. Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

You have surely felt sometimes that a language course was boring and you aren’t that motivated every day and or the progress in learning doesn’t come that fast. Well, from my experience it is essential that you don’t compare yourself to others. For teachers it is crucial that you create a learning environment where students…

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How to Use “Man” in Swedish Posted by on Nov 30, 2012

Man is one of those sometimes confusing words in Swedish. It can be used a couple of different ways and mean a couple of different things. First, and maybe most obvious, it means “man” in English when you’re just using it as your classic noun. It can also be used to create a passive tense…

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“This” and “these” Posted by on Jan 19, 2012

In Sweden there are lots of different dialects, and of course people use different words for the same thing. Something as simple as “this” you’ll find lots of variations of and for someone learning Swedish that can be a bit confusing. Especially if the word everybody is using in some areas is grammatically incorrect, and…

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