Koppången. The name of a nature preserve in the Swedish region of Dalarna. You will learn the name today however because it is also the name of an amazingly beautiful Swedish song. It was released in 1998 by Per-Erik Moraeus; lyrics by Py Bäckman.
The song gains in popularity every Christmas time.
Koppången has been recorded by numerous artists; this version is sung by Sanna Nielsen and is also supported by musiXmatch for you to follow the lyrics visually. You can find musiXmatch as an app in Spotify.
Instrumental – oh so wonderful, but you are missing out on practicing the Swedish vocabulary – unless you have learned some of the lyrics already and want to sing along on your own!
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.
arbetsnarkomanen – the workaholic
sociala medier-junkien – the social media junkie
faktagranskaren – the fact checker
traditionalist – the traditionalist
“Höst” in Swedish means fall, or autumn. Fall is entering late this year. Some years it is even winter by now also in the southern parts of Sweden. This year however it is still meteorological summer in the south of Sweden.
However November is here, and so is the rain and the dark nights. So let’s light a candle or two, and listen to some music of the season, in Swedish of course. I have compiled a list of 15 fall songs in Swedish. Criteria? They all contain the word “höst” in the title, except for the last one, and are sung fairly clearly for you to be able to listen to the words. As usual, sing along to practice prosody!
Höst på min planet – Lars Winnerbäck Lars Winnerbäck – Höst på min planet
Mellan sommar och höst – Marie Fredriksson
Höstvals – Tomas Ledin
Höstlegender – Masse, Petter
Innan höstlöven faller – Thorleifs
Hösten – Lisa Ekdahl
Höstlöven dansar – Nordman
Höst – Cajsa Stina Åkerström
Höstens guld – Sofia Karlsson
Höstkänning – Ola Magnell
Höstvisa – Ainbusk
Höst – Björn Afzelius
Gula höstlöv – Lasse Stefanz
Höst – Niklas Lind
Minns i november – Olle Ljungberg
Free printable – Learn Swedish Free Printable Fall
I love the fall and the colors of this vibrant season. Last fall it inspired me to make this printable design of Swedish words connected with fall in Sweden. I decided to repost it this year. Print and frame, or pin it somewhere. Pretty to look at and if you are learning Swedish you are killing two birds with one stone (“att slå två flugor i en smäll”)! Just click on the picture above, right click and select print and learn new vocabulary in a different way.
It is free for you to print however it would make me happy if you posted a comment and/or paid a visit to Globatris on facebook and liked it. You can also tweet the link super duper handy here.
höst = fall
löv = leaf or leaves
varma jackor = warm jackets
äpplen = apples
handskar = gloves
höstlov = fall break
blåbär = blueberries
november = December – just kidding; November of course 🙂
familj & vänner = family & friends
skördetider = harvest times
promenader = walks
en god bok = a good book
skogen = the forrest
färger = colors
lingon = lingonberries
Allahelgona = All saints
svamp = mushroom
Let’s build some sentences in Swedish today! Use this game – Bella Bävers ordlek – to make sentences; silly ones or perfectly normal ones – you decide! Click “spela upp meningen” to hear the result. It’s a children’s game and kids most definitely have a lot of fun playing this. I am sure it can amuse an adult or two too, and you will most likely pick up some new vocabulary while reinforcing how to make simple sentences in Swedish. 🙂
The word game can be found on the Swedish Radio’s website.
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
Do you want to know how a word in a foreign language is pronounced? Or do you want to fine tune your Swedish pronunciation? One way to do it is to take a look at the website of Acapela. This site provides native speaking voices for 30 different languages; often also different local dialects as well as several voices to chose from. I tried Swedish and I think it works well. You just type in/paste the word or text you want to hear. So go ahead and listen to the pronunciation in Swedish of that special word you are wondering about or need to practice a bit more.