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Swedish Winter Activity Verbs Posted by on Jan 29, 2021

Have you heard the Swedish saying Inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder / there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing? It’s essentially a Swede’s way of saying, “Bundle up, we’re going outside!” Even during the coldest months, Swedes manage to get out and enjoy the natural world. In this blog entry, we’ll cover some common…

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Ollie’s Ski Adventure is a Wintertime Classic Posted by on Dec 17, 2020

Olles skidfärd (Ollie’s Ski Trip) is a Swedish classic. Elsa Beskow’s winter tale follows young Olle’s wish for snow and the magic that follows on his first ride with a new pair of skis. Let’s read a passage of the story, learn some wintery vocabulary, and discuss a couple of much-needed modernizations to the text. …

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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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As Fall Sets in, Swedes Bring on the “mys” Posted by on Oct 22, 2019

Two men enjoying a "mysig" fika

As temperatures drop and the cold weather blues set in, Swedes harness “mys.” The Danish and Norwegian “hygge” is not the only Nordic concept used to encapsulate wellbeing and coziness.  The phenomenon of long and cold winters in Scandinavia is nothing new, so instead of letting the lack of sun and cold temperatures get them…

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No snow in Sweden Posted by on Jan 4, 2014

It is the first week of January, and still no snow. Of course some areas in the most northern parts of Sweden have had some, on and off, but mostly no more than a sprinkling that has disappeared within 24 hours. Umeå is Norrland’s biggest city, Sweden’s 12th biggest and the capital of culture this…

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The Weather Outside is Frightful. And Swedish. Posted by on Dec 26, 2013

One of the many stereotypes about Swedes is that they aren’t always the most talkative. But one subject they’re more than willing to talk about is the weather In fact, Katja did a great job of putting together a couple of posts about starting conversations in Sweden, one is titled How to small talk in…

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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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