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Ogiltiga sedlar efter 30 juni / Invalid banknotes

Efter den 30 juni 2016 blir tre av våra svenska sedlar ogiltiga. Följ länken nedan för att läsa mer, och kontrollera plånböcker och spargrisar! 

After June 30 2016 three of the Swedish banknotes will be invalid. Follow the link below to learn more and check your wallets and piggy banks!

http://www.riksbank.se/Documents/Bilder/Sedlar_giltiga/2016/Tidplan/tidsplan_981x1075px_SVE_2.jpg

There is also an app “kolla pengarna” which allowes you to keep track of timeline for banknotes/ coins changes and learn about the new ones. 

I spy … Swedish nouns

Learning a language should be fun. Today I played a game of I spy Swedish nouns in a Skype class with two children.  The task was to look around in the respective room for nouns starting with the letter that ended the previous word spotted. This is the chain or words we came up with; sometimes with a little help in order to acquire or figure out “new” words. I am adding the article en/ett for your convenience.

Didn’t they do great?! I challenge you to continue the chain in the comments … 🙂

en bok

en kniv

en vovve

en elefant

en tv

vatten

en nagel

lego

ost och makaroner

en rysk flagga

en arm

mjölkchoklad

en dator

ett rum

en matta

ett ansikte

en elsladd

en datormus

en soffa

en armbåge


 

Practice your Swedish pronunciation

Those Swedish vowels and consonants … They can be hard to nail on your own unless you’ve studied phonetics and know exactly what palatal alveolar fricative or labio dental mean. On Weebly you can practice on your own with the help of informative videos. You can also record your own speech/sounds to compare.

Watch the video via the link below and/or click the vowel of your choice. In the drop down menu to the right you find more choices. 

Take me to Weebly – I want to practice pronunciation

Audio books in Swedish

Reading in another language is often easier than listening. You read in your own pace, in your own “dialect” and you might recognize international words. Actually hearing what someone says might be a different story. But practice makes if not perfect at least … excellent practice! My advice to you is to mix your listening habits for a varied vocabulary, speed and dialects; for instance news, radio shows from casual to documentary and varied genres of literature. Start with children’s books! Did you know you can listen to children’s books via Spotify? Astrid Lindgren, other Swedish classics aswell as Barbapapa. Below you find a link to Alfons Åberg (Alfie Atkins in English, Willie Wiberg auf Deutsch). If you can’t see the link properly (since it has decided to function randomly) go to Spotify and search “ljudböcker”. 
“Raska på Alfons Åberg” 7 min

Expressions in Swedish using the word “grön” (green)

grönt

Spring has arrived and the nature is practically exploding around us! Every possible shade and shape of green is offering its beauty. Rest your eyes and mind on dancing foliage; use your senses and memorize a new expression; expressions in Swedish using the word “grön” (green). Some of the phrases and idioms are used in several languages.

First I’ll give you two expressions that are often used in reference to nature, garden and outdoor life as well as healthy food:

grönt och skönt
grönt är skönt

grönt – here referencing the color green, vegetables or greenery

skön = nice, comfortable, fine, beautiful

 

Phrases and idioms:

Att komma på grön kvist = to end up in a financially good position. “De har minsann kommit på grön kvist.”

Att ge grönt ljus till någon = to give someone the green light (permission) “Jag gav honom grönt ljus”.

Att få grönt ljus = to receive a permission, “good to go”, to get a green light. “De fick båda grönt ljus av chefen.”

Att vara grön av avund = to be jealous. “Han blev grön av avund!”

gröna vågen = “green wave”;  the trend in the 70’s seeing young families leaving the cities moving out to the countryside in Sweden

att ha gröna fingrar = to be good at keeping plants and garden; to have green fingers; to have a green thumb. “Hon har verkligen gröna fingrar!”

Gräset är alltid grönare på andra sidan. = The grass is always greener … Other circumstances might appear more desirable than one’s own but in reality they are not.

 

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!