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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!

I klädaffären / shopping for clothes in Swedish

I klädaffären /shopping for clothes in Swedish

Let’s practice conversation and vocabulary on the subject shopping for clothes in Swedish. First a few useful phrases; what do they say in the store and what do I say? Most sought after phrase is probably “Jag tittar bara!” / I’m just browsing!

Practice in real life. Start with one sentence or two. Move on to ask for a section of clothes you already know where they are, like “var finns jeansen?”. That way you feel comfortable with the answer even if you don’t fully understand it. Take it step by step.

There are links to a few exercises at the bottom of this post.

Vad säger expediten? What does the shop assistant say?

“Hej!” hello

“Hittar du vad du söker?” Do you find what you are looking for?

“Kan jag hjälpa dig?” Do you need help/Can I help?

“Säg till om du vill ha hjälp med något.” Let me know if you need help/assistance.

“Vi har 20 % på ett helt köp just nu.” It’s 20 % off your entire purchase right now”

“Det är ingen bytesrätt på varan.” There is no refund on the goods.

 

Vad säger du? What do you say?

“Jag tittar bara, tack.” I’m just browsing.

“Jag säger till om jag behöver hjälp.” I’ll let you know if I need assistance.

“Var har ni jeansen?” Where are the jeans?

“Var hittar jag strumpor?” Where can I find the socks?

“Har ni blommiga blusar?” Do you have floral blouses?

“Kan jag prova denna?” Can I try this on?

“Var ligger provrummen?” Where are the fitting rooms?

“Finns denna i storlek 38”? Is this available in size 38?

“Har ni en storlek mindre?” Do you have a smaller size?

“Den passade inte tyvärr.” It did not fit me”

“Är kapporna på rea?” Are the coats on sale?

 

Konversation / conversation

“Hej hej!”

“Hej!”

“Är du ute efter något speciellt?” Are you after anything in particular?

“Nej, jag tittar bara.”

“Säg till om du behöver hjälp.”

“Ja tack, det gör jag.” Yes, thank you, I will.

“Kan jag prova den här klänningen?” Can I try this dress on?

“Ja visst, provrummen är där borta.”

“Finns den förresten i en annan färg?” Btw, is it available in another color?

“Nej, den finns bara i blått.” .. in blue

“Okej.”

“Passade den?”

“Nej, inte riktigt; har du den i en storlek mindre?” No, not really …

“Vi ska se; vad hade du där? En 42:a?” Let’s see; what did you have there? …

“Nej, det är storlek 40.”

“Jag ska titta i datorn om vi har en på lagret.” I will check the system to see if we have one in stock.

“Här har vi en i storlek 38. Vill du prova den?”

“Åh tack, vad bra! Ja, jag testar den.” Ah, thank you, good. I’ll try it.

“Nästa!” Next!

” Hej, jag vill ha den här klänningen.” Hello, I would like this dress.

“Ja, den är så fin. Den är alldeles nyinkommen. Är du medlem?” Well, it is so pretty! It has just arrived. Are you a member?

“Nej, jag är inte medlem. Hur blir man det? Kostar det något?” No, I’m not a member. How do I become one? Does it cost money?

“Nej, det är gratis. Du får bonus på alla dina köp. Du får också rabatterbjudanden ibland. Jag behöver bara låna ditt id-kort. ”  No, it’s free. You get bonus on all your purchases. You will also get special discounts from time to time. I need to borrow your id.

“Här, varsågod.” Here you go.

“Så, då var det klart. Det blir 499 kronor. Kontant eller kort?” So, that will be it. 499 please. Cash or card?

“Jag betalar med kort. Hur länge är det öppet köp?” I’ll pay by card. How many days is the purchase of approval?

“Det är öppet köp i 30 dagar. Du kan alltså prova hemma i lugn och ro. Slå din pinkod. Kvittot lägger jag i påsen.” Purchase of approval is 30 days. You can try the dress again in the comfort of your own home. Enter your pin. The receipt is in the bag.

“Tack!”

“Tack tack, ha en trevlig dag!” … have a nice day!

“Detsamma, hej då!” The same to you, bye!

Övningar /exercises

“I klädaffären1”

“I klädaffären 2”

“I klädaffären 3”

kläder 1

kläder 2

kläder och smycken

Övningarna ovan är från SAFIR och Lexin

Next post: Öva färger och mönster / learn colors and patterns

Reading in Swedish / Läsa på svenska

Read in Swedish / Läsa på svenska

Reading is learning. Reading is traveling. I would say that to read is to rest and activate the brain at the same time – depending on what you are reading and what the purpose of it is. / Här är en post som tipsar om att läsa på svenska.

I read books on a tablet. I listen to books. I read books the way I always have – a copy I can hold. I prefer to hold a book, flip through the crispy pages, smell the paper and insert post-its where I find something memorable. I also love a nice cover. I usually read in Swedish or English, but try to read at least a couple of books in German every year too. I think it is a good way to keep up the language and also to learn new words; especially the new, trendier words.

Read in Swedish – samples

Despite my love for the physical book I don’t mind reading texts on a screen. There’s a webpage I use where you can read extracts from books published in Sweden. This is useful and inspiring when you look for something to read in Swedish.

The website is www.provlas.se

Here are a few tips on what to read if you are learning Swedish – children or adults, beginners or advanced, first language or second!

The Typical Swede: Learn about “Swedishness”, in Swedish. Pictures give hints if you are not yet familiar with the Swedish language. http://www.provlas.se/typiskt-svenskt/

Bridget Jones baby bridget jones baby

Lättläst/Easy read: Zlatan – now as easy read. http://www.provlas.se/jag-ar-zlatan-ibrahimovic/
Lättläst/Easy read: August Strindberg – Röda rummet http://www.provlas.se/roda-rummet/
For children: Our beloved “Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter” teaches about colors and shapes http://www.provlas.se/farg-och-formbok/
Advanced level: Learn about metaphors in the Swedish language http://www.provlas.se/polletten-som-trillade-ner/
Any good reads lately? Some of my students are reading “En man som heter Ove”.

Prepositioner och känslor

These prepositions (= prepositioner)  … Often difficult to learn in a foreign language since they are not directly translatable (or even make sense) from one language to another.

Here is a video on Swedish prepositions used with feelings, made by another teacher.

Här är en film om prepositioner i kombination med känslor. Videon är gjord av en annan lärare.

the Swedish Semla

Today is Fettisdagen. Let me decode that into National Day of the Semla. Now it´s all clear, right?

Semla is a sweet chubby wheat bun, cardamom laden, filled with golden almond paste and whipped cream. Originally semla was only eaten on Shrove Tuesday, as a last blissful treat before Lent. Today we know better and eat semlor (we need to go into plural here) all winter long. Fettisdagen has gone from being the only day to enjoy our precious pastry to the day you must enjoy at least one of them. Because as you all know we have fika (coffee break) at work. That means you are likely to down your first semla already by ten in the morning.

Semlor can be bought in every bakery, grocery store or gas station in Sweden. Sometimes you make your own.

If you make it past the photos below, find out how I make my Swedish fika treats; semlor recipe to follow; in English. If you want to practice your Swedish language I suggest you google “recept semla” and follow the instructions in Swedish.

recept semla
Semlor

There are ready made buns (albeit a bit flat) in the store, made just for semlor. Link if you don´t. 🙂
•Cut off the tops, scoop out the center of 8 buns, and put it in a food processor.
•Add 125g of almonds and 1 dl confectioners’ sugar and GO!
•Pour 1 dl heated milk into the mixture making it that special heavenly paste.
•Fill up the holes abundantly with the almond indulgence and top up with whipped cream.
•Put the lid back on and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Voilà!

If you use Us cups, add some almonds and use half of a cup of confectioners’ sugar and milk.

Happy baking!