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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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Good, Better, Bäst! Comparing Adjectives – The Irregulars Posted by on Aug 14, 2020

Two posts ago, I covered comparative adjectives – happy, happier, happiest, remember?  This essential grammar concept allows you to mention your younger cousin, older sister, or the best ice cream place in town. This week we’ll move to the irregular adjectives in their comparative form, but don’t worry, there are patterns here, too! Okej, nu…

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Even Spicier… Bisatser with Adverbs! Posted by on Jul 24, 2020

Credits: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se

Last week I covered dependent clauses, or bisatser, and some common words to know when using presenting a bisats. So, have you practiced?! Vad bra, we’re going to do bisatser 201 now. Specifically, what to do when adding an adverb into your bisats.  I mentioned last week that bisatser consist of an intro word (bisatsinledare)…

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Spice it Up with Bisatser! Posted by on Jul 17, 2020

Credits: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se

Simple main clauses getting you down? Spice them up with a bisats! A bisats, or dependent clause, helps us add flavor to sentences by adding context, conditions, and reasoning to verbal and written Swedish.  Again, a bisats is a subordinate clause, or dependent clause, that accompanies a main clause. It can’t stand alone as its…

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