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Höstens att-göra-lista

Jag frågade några av mina elever vad de gör på hösten. Några har svarat vad de tycker om att göra.

Några har nämnt saker de måste göra, men kanske inte alltid tycker om!

I asked some of my students to share their to do / bucket / don’t do enough lists for fall, in Swedish.

One way to help reinforce vocabulary learning is to use both brain halves by making a little sketch in connection to learning the word. You can also draw the word itself (use fancy letters) instead of using your regular handwriting – which I’m sure is fancy though; but you know what I am after!

You find some must-do’s in my drawing.

More activities suggested by my students include:

spela golf – play golf

fixa trädgården – take care of the garden

läsa en bok – read a book

dricka te – have tea

promenera med hundarna i skogen – walk the dogs in the forest

använda reflex – use reflectors

byta däck – change tires

Har du fler förslag? / Further suggestions?

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.

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.

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

Det finns … svenska substantiv/ There is …nouns in Swedish

Det finns … svenska substantiv

Scroll down for English. Lär dig fler svenska substantiv och frasen “det finns…”. Öva också på att lyssna på svenska språket i denna övning.

Lyssna på sången nedan. Sångaren Mauro Scocco sjunger “det finns …” många gånger. Försök att förstå vad som finns.

Du kan göra övningen på olika nivåer.

Exempel:

Mauro sjunger “Det finns fiskar i havet, men det är aldrig någon som ser dem.”

Nivå 1: Du skriver “Det finns fiskar.”

Nivå 2 är svårare: “Det finns fiskar i havet.”

Nivå 3 är svårast: Det finns fiskar i havet, men det är aldrig någon som ser dem.”

Viktigast är nivå 1. Försök att hitta så många saker som möjligt.

Prova sedan nivå 2.

 

Aquire nouns in Swedish. Learn the phrase “det finns ..” (there is …). Practice listening to and understand Swedish in this activity.

Listen to the song. The singer songwriter sings “det finns…” repeteadly. Try to understand what there is. Find nouns.

There are varying levels for this exercise.

Example:

Mauro sings  “Det finns fiskar i havet, men det är aldrig någon som ser dem.”

Level 1 You write: “Det finns fiskar.”

Level 2 is more difficult: “Det finns fiskar i havet.”

Level 3 is advanced: “Det finns fiskar i havet, men det är aldrig någon som ser dem.”

Level 1 is the most important one. Try to find as many nouns as you can. Then continue to level 2 if you want to.

App question card game for practicing Swedish

App question card game for practicing Swedish

I give my students lots of questions. Sometimes the questions are easy to answer, sometimes they are not. I like to challenge my students. They like to be challenged! That’s how they improve and develop their Swedish language knowledge! I vary between letting my customers know the questions in advance or … just surprise them! When I send questions beforehand I expect longer answers and perhaps a discussion or an argument. When the questions are a surprise it usually reveals what needs to be worked on – spontaneous talking, vocabulary for a special topic, grammar or just expressing in Swedish that you do not know, or have never ever thought about that question before! It doesn’t so much matter what my students say as long as they say it in Swedish.

I have various tools for generating questions – first of all my creativity, then some board game cards and other topic cards.

Here is an app you can use for generating random questions. Try to answer a question on a daily basis.

The card game won the Intercultural Innovation Award in 2014. You can read more about the project and the card game here.

 

On ITunes App-store

Spel att öva svenska
More than one story

 

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”.

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!

Svenska julord / Swedish Christmas vocabulary

Swedish Christmas – svensk jul

Some of you have heard of skumtomtar and julmust.

Some of you have tried it.

And some of you love it!

Some of you have followed the #decemberverb challenge and have learnt verbs related to Swedish Christmas.

Some of you have expanded your Swedish vocabulary with the words from the Swedish Christmas mini print.

Here is yet another resource with some holiday season related words. ordlista julord

Svenska #decemberverb

Welcome to the December challenge! Here is a list of #decemberverb; one verb  for each day of the month of December. Your challenge is to learn the verb by somehow illustrating (in a broader sense), acting or demonstrating its meaning. This will help your brain to acquire the new word and to remember it.

This is meant as a challenge for you personally; trying another angle of learning. If you want to please feel free to share some results via e-mail, website or social media, using #decemberverb.

list of challenge #decemberverb
#decemberverb