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 … 🙂
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.
Jag önskar nya och gamla kunder en riktigt glad sommar! Befintliga kunder fortsätter under sommaren; nya är välkomna i augusti.
Happy summer to all of my current as well as new, potential customers! Lessons will go on all summer for some of my students; new customers are welcome in August!
“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.
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!
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.
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