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Swedish Christmas vocabulary

Christmas time is here. Again! Whether you celebrate the tradition of Christmas or not you might be interested in picking up a word or two in Swedish, related to the season.

I made and shared this poster on Swedish Christmas last year and have been asked to post it again. After all; it’s Christmas every year. 😉
This poster is free to print (you would make me happy though if you shared it or left a comment) – put it up somewhere where you make sure you lay your eyes on the words at least daily. Don’t forget to use the words!

Simply right click on the poster to print it.

 

Swedish christmas words
Svenska julord

Learn Swedish Free Printable Fall

 

Learn Swedish free printable fall

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 slĂ„ tvĂ„ flugor i en smĂ€ll”)! 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.

 

Wordlist:
höst = fall
löv = leaf or leaves
varma jackor = warm jackets
Ă€pplen = apples
handskar = gloves
höstlov = fall break
blÄbÀr = blueberries
november = December – just kidding; November of course 🙂
familj & vÀnner = family & friends
skördetider = harvest times
promenader = walks
en god bok = a good book
skogen = the forrest
fÀrger = colors
lingon = lingonberries
Allahelgona = All saints
svamp = mushroom

Trevlig höst!

Learn a language using both brain halves

Do you learn a language using both brain halves? Our brains are divided into two halves; hemispheres. They each take care of different activities. The right one is usually referred to as the visual and creative side, while the left stands for logical and analytical functions. It is suggested that a combination of both sides is beneficial when acquiring a language. I have tried this with success when I a few years ago ran language & craft shops combined for kids.

I also encourage you as a language learner to activate both brain halves when learning a new word. For instance – think of slicing a yellow lemon when you learn the word sour in a language; picture the drops of fruit juice on the slicing board. Best of all; taste a slice of lemon. Here is the word in Swedish – “sur”!

bowl of lemons
“Sur som en citron”
en citron = a lemon

Another way for you to activate both brain hemispheres when learning a language  is to follow instructions for something you do with your hands or body – either written or by watching a video – and do it. It could be craft, baking, a sports exercise etc.

Teleskopord

Teleskopord

Ibland bildas ett nytt ord genom att tvÄ eller flera ord kombineras till ett.

Det kan vara sÄ att bara början pÄ ett ord och slutet pÄ ett annat finns kvar.

Delar av mitten kan ha försvunnit. Detta kallas ett teleskopord.

Exempel:

flextid = flexibel+arbetstid

friggebod = Friggebo + bod (Birgit Friggebo var bostadsminister 1979 och avskaffade bygglovsplikten för denna typ av byggnad)

hemester = hemma + semester

bankomat = bank + automat

blingon = blÄbÀr + lingon

burkini = burka + bikini

kvirkel = kvadrat + cirkel ( en sorts superellips)

plogga = plocka skrÀp + jogga

 

Teleskopord kallas ofta för portmanteau words pÄ engelska. Det svenska sprÄket har lÄnat mÄnga sÄdana frÄn engelskan.

Exempel:

ett motell = eng. motel (motor+hotel)

en brunch = eng. brunch (breakfast+lunch)

Vill du lÀsa mer om lektioner i svenska med mig? Engelsk text finns hÀr.

god, gott, goda

God jul och gott nytt Ă„r! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wishing you all happy holidays

God eller gott? Eller goda?

Kom ihĂ„g att adjektivet följer substantivets artikel / Remember that the adjective changes according to the article of the noun (which can be “en” or “ett”).

en jul (a christmas) –> en god jul
ett Ă„r (a year) –> ett gott Ă„r
tvĂ„ köttbullar (two meatballs) –> tvĂ„ goda köttbullar

God, gott, goda Àr alltsÄ olika former av samma adjektiv.

Merry christmas in Swedish

Merry Christmas in Swedish

SmultronstÀlle

During summer the word “smultronstĂ€lle” 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 smultronstĂ€lle?” You also find headlines and articles on the subject “top 25 smultronstĂ€llen in 
”

Ett smultronstÀlle 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.

“StĂ€lle” means place in Swedish.

 

ett smultron, tvÄ smultron
ett stÀlle, tvÄ stÀllen
ett smultronstÀlle, tvÄ smultronstÀllen

SommarlÀsning / summer reading

SommarlÀsning / summer reading

For English pls scroll down (but not if you are studying Swedish – wordlist below text 🙂 ).

Sommaren Àr hÀr! PÄ sommaren Àr det dags att lÀsa böcker. Visst Àr det nÄgot sÀrskilt med sommarlÀsning / summer reading? Jag lÀser mÄnga böcker under Äret; pÄ svenska och pÄ engelska. Mitt mÄl Àr dÀrför att lÀsa minst en bok pÄ tyska varje sommar.

Sinnebilden för sommarlÀsning Àr att lÀsa i hÀngmattan.

Du kanske planerar att lÀsa en speciell bok i sommar? Du kanske tÀnker lÀsa pÄ stranden? Kanske föredrar du skuggan eller en regnig dag för din sommarlÀsning. För att hjÀlpa dig att komma igÄng har jag skapat en bingo för sommarlÀsning. Du hittar den hÀr SommarlÀsning

VÀlj en ruta i taget. LÀs i minst 15 minuter. Kryssa rutan. Posta pÄ globatris Facebook nÀr du fÄtt bingo! Du kan ocksÄ försöka kryssa alla rutor!

Har du nÄgot boktips? Vilken bok vill du lÀsa i sommar? BerÀtta för oss!

det Àr dags = it is time

en sinnebild = a (mental) image

en hÀngmatta = a hammock

tÀnker lÀsa = intend to read

att föredra = to prefer

att komma igÄng = 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 SommarlĂ€sning.

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!