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Barfotavisan – The Perfect Summer Ballad Posted by on Jul 8, 2020

“Barfota utan strumpor och skor / barefoot without shoes or socks.” Ahhh, what a feeling! Midsommar may be over, but sun and fun are still in full-swing for Swedes. Vacationing at the sea and in the countryside are popular this time of year, when folks have weeks of vacation to use at a time. My…

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Learn Edith Södergran with Molly Sandén Posted by on Apr 8, 2020

The first post of each month means it’s time for a music moment! Today I’ll share a song inspired by a poem written by finlandsvensk poet Edith Södergran. She wrote “Vierge moderne” as an anthem to celebrate the coming a modern, independent woman… well as modern as 1916 could get.  We’ll read the poem and…

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Melodifestivalen “Swedish Song Contest” Breakdown! Posted by on Mar 4, 2020

This weekend wraps up the 60th year of Melodifestivalen. This Swedish song contest is held each year to determine who will represent Sweden against the best songs of other European nations, and well, Australia, and Israel, and a few others. But true Eurovision fans don’t get caught up in those technicalities. Instead, millions of…

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Listening Activity with Petter’s “Början på allt” Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

Början pa allt, “The Start of it All” is the title track of the 2013 album by Swedish hip-hop artist Petter. It also happens to be a really great New Year’s song. So, for today’s blog, I’ll dissect this song a little bit and have you do some listening. If hip-hop is not your favorite…

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An Introduction to Swedish Musik Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Music is a huge passion of mine, so I’ve decided to dedicate the first post of each month to it. Music allows listeners to explore a variety of narratives within a culture and is a fantastic tool for language acquisition. Whether it’s boosting general listening comprehension or learning the rhythm of spoken language, music…

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Country Music in Sweden Posted by on Oct 11, 2011

I listen to country music. A lot of it.  I’m a sucker for a sad country song.  Tell me a compelling story and I’m yours forever. Sometimes it really is that easy. It’s why I listen to country music. Sweden is not known for country music.  People the world over know about Swedish metal. They…

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The Little Frogs – in Swedish Posted by on Jul 29, 2011

I’m in Denmark attempting to learn Danish (if you’re trying to learn Danish, check out the Transparent Danish blog and Transparent Danish on Facebook). And while my Danish is coming along, I’ve also had the opportunity to spread a little Swedish culture while I’m here. Of course, there has been the ever popular exchange of…

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