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How to small talk in Swedish Posted by on Aug 14, 2012

Small talking is a very important thing in many cultures, maybe not so much in Sweden as in other places but still not to be underestimated. In Sweden you often try to start up a conversation by finding something in the surrounding area that you both have in common or can see etc. For example…

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An all time favorite conversation starter :) Posted by on Dec 11, 2011

Generally speaking, a good conversation starter is the weather. And so  it can be good to have some good phrases up you sleeve. “Visst är det fint väder idag?” Isn’t it nice weather today? “Fint” is the adjective, but can be substituted for a number of other words as well, depending on what you want…

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Läget? Sjukt bra! Posted by on Jan 11, 2010

I understood something important about communication last week. When the polite gym instructor/sales assistant/Tesco cashier/woman in the pub looks at me, nods and says “Alright?”, he or she does NOT expect me to answer “Yes, thank you, how are you?”. This is just another way of saying “Hi there” and he or she is NOT interested…

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