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5 Irregular Swedish Verbs You Need to Master Posted by on Nov 19, 2021

A student recently reminded me how difficult it is to memorize irregular verbs in your foreign language. Well actually, she said, “Swedish irregular verbs are the worst.” Att vara, att se, att göra, to name a few, are among the most common words used in daily Swedish. Just as language learning is a balance of…

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Swedish Verb Roulette Featuring “201 Swedish Verbs” Posted by on May 21, 2021

“There’s this super amazing book… I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s called ‘201 Swedish Verbs’ and it’s really great!” Numerous times have these left the peppy lips of my Swedish students. And if you’ve done any searching for Swedish reference material, you’ve most definitely seen this title – many of you…

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Phrasal Verbs with ställa, säga, sätta Posted by on Mar 19, 2021

Mastering Swedish phrasal verbs is a crucial step in advancing beyond the basics. These verbs adapt their meaning with the addition of a participle, preposition, or adverb. It’s the difference between “to put” and “to cancel” or “to say” and “to quit,” the point being that the second verb in each of those sets varies…

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Building Particle Verbs with Gå Posted by on Dec 11, 2020

Verbs start out as just one word like in the example “Speak.” But when they add a particle “Speak” + “up” = “Speak up” the meaning changes completely. The short words that help transform regular old verbs into particle verbs, or phrasal verbs, are common prepositions or adverbs – so you’ll recognize them! Words like…

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Swedish Idioms Round Two, Go to Hekla and Fox Sleep Posted by on Oct 29, 2020

Last week, I wrote about some common idioms that you’re bound to hear in every day Swedish. In doing research for that post, I discovered some rather obscure ones too. I’ll share some of those in this post as well as share the origin stories behind a couple of classic idioms. Nu kör vi! Let’s…

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Saying hej då to Summer with Moonica Mac Posted by on Sep 4, 2020

Photo: Moonica Mac, Scandinavian Standard

Although I regret to say it, summer is on its way out. Luckily, one of Sweden’s most enchanting singer/songwriters is here to help us say hej då. “Till slutet av augusti” by Moonica Mac is the focus for this month’s musikblogg post. I’ll provide a quick intro to the artist, teach you some verbs from…

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Find the Fel – Proofreading Test in Swedish Posted by on Aug 28, 2020

Is there a Coronavirus mask mandate in Sweden? Let’s do an exercise while we find out! In today’s blog, we’ll put our Swedish proofreading to the test using an 8 Sidor article that I’ve altered to include mistakes.  First, let’s review some vocabulary for your comprehension. These terms are the ones we’re all using to…

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