Category Archives: Swedish traditions & culture

Learn Swedish while learning about Sweden

Want to learn more about Sweden? Why don’t you learn Swedish while learning about Sweden? In Swedish of course! You are probably into mastering Swedish (or want to, or are keeping up with your knowledge hereof) if you are reading this. But this post is also for Swedish people :).

Moving here or not, Swede living abroad or not we can all appreciate the facts and texts on Sweden in this textbook. The book is written in plain (easy to read) Swedish. It tells us about traditions, society and geography aswell as culture and politics. Give it a try via the link below – there are 10 chapters available for reading free of charge; a great sample!

Link to site with info on the book 

Direct link to sample read

Idas sommarvisa

“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.

Glad påsk! Happy Easter! Free print in Swedish

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!

Charlotta

miniposter Swedish vocabulary related to Easter
Glad påsk!

the Sami languages

The Sami languages conform a group of languages spoken in the Northern parts of Sweden (as well as in Northern parts of Norway, Finland and Russia). Sami is one of the official minority languages in Sweden.

“Joik” means song in Sami.

Take a moment to listen to Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s joik.

Note: 4 more minority languages are recognized in Sweden; Finnish, Romani, Yiddish and Miänkieli.

New Swedish words 2014

New Swedish words 2014; collected by Språktidningen and Språkrådet. These words are not (at least not yet) officially adopted but are highly interesting since they mirror recent events, pop culture and the current way of living.

I do not know why the word “en” is on the list though, even if the reason is that is has been used more. It is not a new word or meaning to it.

Do you have a favorite word?

Take me to the list!

ett språk = a language

en tidning = a magazine, a (news) paper

ett råd = a council; an advice

Music in the Swedish language – the perfect video to practice Swedish

My pick of music in the Swedish language this month! To learn pop culture, or for you to practice pronunciation, intonation and to acquire new vocabulary. Best of all – the artist himself provides the text in writing! A must see video – I love it!

Vocabulary list at the bottom of this post.

If you want to listen via Spotify:

Josef Johansson – Tysta leken

tysta leken = the quiet game (the one who makes a noise is eliminated)

åka ut = to be eliminated (in a game), to be sent out of a room

att bry sig om = to care about/for

nån’ting – slang for “någonting” = something, anything

en Håkan sång = a song by Håkan Hellström (link to one of Håkan’s songs)

Lucia

You have probably heard of Lucia; the Queen of Light who brightens the dark morning of December 13 in Sweden.

In short the Lucia tradition consists of a procession with a Lucia up front, followed by handmaidens (tärnor), star boys (stjärngossar), brownies and elves (pepparkaksgubbar och tomtenissar). All but the brownies and elves wear white gowns. Lucia wears a light crown/wreath whereas the handmaidens each carry a candle. Lights can be battery operated; more likely the younger the children in the procession.

Lucia in Sweden
ett luciatåg

 

There is beautiful singing. Either it really is, or you are a parent. These Lucia processions can be enjoyed at every preschool and school, and sometimes even at workplaces. Most towns have an official Lucia procession visiting hospitals and elderly, malls and libraries. There is also a national broadcast. You can find the Lucia concert broadcast here.

Want to know more? Watch Lucia for Dummies.

Swedish Lucia For Dummies from Sweden on Vimeo.

Swedish comedy “Inte OK!”

Do you get Swedish humor? It might not merely be about understanding the Swedish language …

Watch a video clip from the new Swedish comedy show “Inte OK!” (“Not OK”) on TV3. This particular clip portraits different social media types. It is in Swedish but there is probably no need to understand the language – I think the video speaks for itself. 🙂  Watch it here.

Do you think Swedish social media types, or their frequency, differ from other cultures’? Leave a comment.

 

Wordlist

arbetsnarkomanen – the workaholic

sociala medier-junkien – the social media junkie

faktagranskaren – the fact checker

traditionalist –  the traditionalist

 

Summer hosts radio P1

Every year Swedish radio channel P1 lets Swedish celebrities from every walks of life (artists, athletes, politicians, business gurus, ministers etc.) host a daily show.  These programs are very popular, and topics and music vary a lot. Last week the summer hosts of 2014 were revealed. Listening to the show is a good way to keep up your Swedish as well as to keep up to date with what’s the talk of the town in Sweden.

Click here to read about it / listen in easy Swedish (Klartext P1)

Find the complete list of hosts here Sommarvärdarna 2014