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.
If you are learning Swedish a Swedish dictionary app comes in handy. I suggest downloading the app SAOL (svenska akademiens ordlista) to your device. The app is far more lighter to carry around in your pocket than the heavy IRL book. Promise.
SAOL will not always give you synonyms or explanations but spelling, inflection and declension, and the ever so important EN or ETT!
The good news – the app is a free one. Gratis! (means “free”) Grattis! (means “congratulations”). Links at bottom of post.
If you know Swedish already you need SAOL too :). We can always learn more!
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.
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!
In my previous post I promised to provide links to instructions for Christmas craft in Swedish. Why? Because it is fun, and because it is a way for you to activate both brain hemispheres when learning the Swedish language, which is beneficial for your acquisition hereof.
I practiced this method myself yesterday when I tried to fold a small star from an instruction in German. I did not succeed in making the star but I did learn a new German word – which I now have a visual of in my head; working on different sections of paper ribbons across one another. I tried to fold it anew this morning from a Swedish video but have to say I did not manage that one either on the first go :).
So, which Christmas craft will you do first? Below you find three suggestions. How about sending me a pic of your master piece when you are done? I will happily put it in my FB timeline.
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!
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.
“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!