Say the word Fredagsmys and every Swede knows what you are talking about. An easy Friday evening get-together, to mark the end of the work/school week and the beginning of the weekend. Family or friends, easy cooking, snack and a TV-screen are ususally involved. It could also include a board game. Tacos is a classic, as well as chips/crisps and dip; at least that´s what the commercials want us to believe. Veggies and fruit works too. Fredagsmys is part of our modern culture, probably substituting the Sunday dinner family gathering. The location and activity does not have to follow the description above; the importance of the matter is that it includes “mys”.
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.
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
This delicious pastry is commonly known as “dammsugare” in Swedish (=vacuum cleaner) referring to the look of old vacuum cleaners. The official name is Punch-roll. It’s covered with marzipan, the interior made of yesterdays crushed cookies and cakes (as if there would be leftovers…) butter, cacao and … flavored with punch liqueur. The “dammsugare” is usually made of green marzipan but I found a pink one with a #botanical pattern.
Wordlist / ordlista
Learning a language should be fun. Today I played a game of I spy Swedish nouns in a Skype class with two children. The task was to look around in the respective room for nouns starting with the letter that ended the previous word spotted. This is the chain or words we came up with; sometimes with a little help in order to acquire or figure out “new” words. I am adding the article en/ett for your convenience.
Didn’t they do great?! I challenge you to continue the chain in the comments … 🙂
Those Swedish vowels and consonants … They can be hard to nail on your own unless you’ve studied phonetics and know exactly what palatal alveolar fricative or labio dental mean. On Weebly you can practice on your own with the help of informative videos. You can also record your own speech/sounds to compare.
Watch the video via the link below and/or click the vowel of your choice. In the drop down menu to the right you find more choices.
“Idas sommarvisa”, or “Du ska inte tro det blir sommar” is a popular spring/summer song among school children in Sweden. It is often seen as a non-religious alternative to hymns (even though there is a reference to “someone to take action” in the lyrics – which of course is free to interpretation). The song is widely used during the ceremony of the last day of school (skolavslutningen) before the summer break.
“Idas sommarvisa” was featured in the Emil movie from 1973.
Lyrics by Astrid Lindgren.
Learning about this tune and perhaps part of the song/a few new words is good practice not only for learning the Swedish language but also a for getting to know Swedish culture.
Listen via Youtube:
Listen via Spotify. Use the lyrics function in Spotify to see the words.
A Happy Easter to all my customers, followers and friends! Let there be sunshine, food, company, love and lots of chocolate!
And a Happy weekend if you do not celebrate Easter.
As usual you can print this mini poster – put it in a small frame on the counter, or put it up on the refrigerator door to learn or keep Swedish vocabulary alive! Just right click on the picture. Share or leave a comment if the print made you happy!
In my previous post I promised to provide links to instructions for Christmas craft in Swedish. Why? Because it is fun, and because it is a way for you to activate both brain hemispheres when learning the Swedish language, which is beneficial for your acquisition hereof.
I practiced this method myself yesterday when I tried to fold a small star from an instruction in German. I did not succeed in making the star but I did learn a new German word – which I now have a visual of in my head; working on different sections of paper ribbons across one another. I tried to fold it anew this morning from a Swedish video but have to say I did not manage that one either on the first go :).
So, which Christmas craft will you do first? Below you find three suggestions. How about sending me a pic of your master piece when you are done? I will happily put it in my FB timeline.