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Swedish dictionary app svensk ordbok

If you are looking for a Swedish dictionary check out SO (svenska akademiens ordbok). This is a thesaurus with not only explanations and synonyms but also suggestions of how to use the word. You are also able to listen to the pronunciation which is a huge plus! You can type in not only singel words but also phrases, idioms etc.

Another useful feature is that you do not have to know exactly how to spell the word; it gives suggestions if you use the search function.

The app has a word of the day feature.

Free to download, se links below.

svensk ordbok
svensk ordbok

Here is a link to the  iOS app

And for Android users 

Want to learn about SAOL (svenska akademiens ordlista)? Go to this post.

svenska ordböcker Swedish dictionaries

3 svenska ordböcker på en gång! / 3 Swedish dictionaries at one glance

Sök ett ord på svenska och få svar i alla tre böcker. / Look up a word and it is generated in all three.

This is a handy one, and something I have been missing. I use SAOL (Svenska Akademiens Ordlista),  mostly the app version, and I recommend it to my customers however there is far from always the explanation of a word that my students need. The SO provides that. It also gives you the pronunciation if you click the loudspeaker symbol. The SAOL however contains more grammar so you would want both. SAOL and SO come as apps, but using the website below gives you all three at the same time.

As an example I have typed the word “fönster” in the search field.

svenska ordlistor
svenska ordlistor

SAOL – en ordlista / look up a word; pronunciation, inflection and declension etc.

SO – en ordbok / a thesaurus; the meaning of a word

SAOB  en historisk ordbok / a historical wordbook, origins, etymology

Find the website here https://svenska.se/

Att dreja

att dreja = to throw/make pottery

Exempel i olika tempus:

Vet du hur man drejar?

I augusti provade jag att dreja. Jag hade inte drejat sedan jag var liten.

Jag drejade en tekopp. 

Här har det drejats i dag! 

Relaterade ord: 

en drejskiva = the turning plate used for throwing pottery

en drejare = en person som drejar 

en drejning = a throwing

att dreja bi = to slow down the speed when sailing

Lagom

Lagom

Outside of Sweden the word “lagom” seems to be trending this year. It takes over the Danish “hygge” and I expect to see books to be written on the subject. Or, wait; could really that much be squeezed out of the word lagom? To fill an entire book? Well, if hygge could …

Lagom is not trending in Sweden. It’s always around, always with us.

The urban legend has it that lagom derives from the Vikings; sharing the meal and the mead between themselves, using the same bowl. The words supposed to have been spoken were to not eat or drink more than that it would last “laget om” – the team around. Laget om then became lagom. Alas lagom means ”just the right amount, not too little not too much”. Lagom is a balance of things. Wether used for water temperature, amount of miles travelled during holiday, how much pick-and-mix candy the kids are allowed or how many guests are to be invited lagom is the answer.

A few examples in English and in Swedish:

Is it time to leave? Yes, it’s probably (the right) time. // Är det dags att gå? Ja, det är nog lagom.

Isn’t it too cold to swim? No, it’s just about right/perfect.// Är det inte för kallt för att bada? Nej, det är lagom varmt.

Does the blouse fit you (refering to size) Yes, it’s good! // Passar blusen? Ja, den är lagom!

Is it lots to do at work at the moment? No, it’s pretty ok/the right amount of work. // Är det mycket att göra på jobbet just nu? Nej, det är ganska lagom.

Smultronställe

During summer the word “smultronställe” keeps popping up in Sweden; in conversations but especially in magazines. There are few interviews or portraits that leave out the question “where is your smultronställe?” You also find headlines and articles on the subject “top 25 smultronställen in …”

Ett smultronställe is a noun meaning that special place treasured or yet to be discovered. It could be an idyllic opening in the forest, a quiet beach, a small village, your childhood summer farm, a charming café or just about anyplace that is special to you, that you cherish and that has a special place in your heart.

“Smultron” is the sweetest of berries and translates to wild strawberry in English.

“Ställe” means place in Swedish.

 

ett smultron, två smultron
ett ställe, två ställen
ett smultronställe, två smultronställen

Sommarläsning / summer reading

Sommarläsning / summer reading

For English pls scroll down (but not if you are studying Swedish – wordlist below text 🙂 ).

Sommaren är här! På sommaren är det dags att läsa böcker. Visst är det något särskilt med sommarläsning / summer reading? Jag läser många böcker under året; på svenska och på engelska. Mitt mål är därför att läsa minst en bok på tyska varje sommar.

Sinnebilden för sommarläsning är att läsa i hängmattan.

Du kanske planerar att läsa en speciell bok i sommar? Du kanske tänker läsa på stranden? Kanske föredrar du skuggan eller en regnig dag för din sommarläsning. För att hjälpa dig att komma igång har jag skapat en bingo för sommarläsning. Du hittar den här Sommarläsning

Välj en ruta i taget. Läs i minst 15 minuter. Kryssa rutan. Posta på globatris Facebook när du fått bingo! Du kan också försöka kryssa alla rutor!

Har du något boktips? Vilken bok vill du läsa i sommar? Berätta för oss!

det är dags = it is time

en sinnebild = a (mental) image

en hängmatta = a hammock

tänker läsa = intend to read

att föredra = to prefer

att komma igång = to get started

en i taget = one at a time

English

Summer is here! A common plan for summer is to finally have time for reading that book. I read a lot of books during the entire year; in Swedish and in English. My goal every summer is to read at least one book in German.

I have made a summer reading bingo to kick start your reading. It’s in Swedish and you find it here Sommarläsning.

Instructions: pick one box. Read for at least 15 minutes according to the text in the box and tick the box. When you have completed a row (horisontal or vertical or diagonally) let me know 

Reading is essential to build your vocabulary; mother tongue or foreign or second language.

Happy reading!