The day of the semla

Fettisdagen is the Swedish Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day/Mardi Gras, and the thing to eat today in Sweden is “semla” - a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off, and is then filled with a mix of milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid and is dusted with powdered sugar. It is often eaten on its own, with coffee or tea.

Are you having a semla today? Here’s me having mine last Saturday.

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The Bridge, Nordicana and Scandimania

I think there is a current obsession about everything Scandi this weekend! Last night saw the finale of series 2 of The Bridge – the Swedish/Danish crime drama set in Malmö and Copenhagen. The series has attracted a considerable amount of praise in media, with many journalists and reviewers comparing it to The Wire and other high quality tv series (spoiler alert via the links below!).

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jan/31/the-bridge-kim-bodnia-darkness-misery

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2550066/Terrorists-dressed-animal-heads-modern-plague-sex-mad-Swedish-detective-The-Bridge-just-cop-Jim-Shelley.html

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This weekend has also been the weekend of the Nordicana festival in London, and this evening Channel 4 showed a programme called Scandimania.

It’s fascinating to see the interest in Nordic culture abroad, and I really hope it also means more people are getting interesting in learning the Swedish language. In which case I’m here to help! :)

How many hours to learn Swedish

Many students ask how long it takes to learn Swedish. I have previously written a longer blog post about it, but I have now also worked out a little rough guideline to how many hours it usually takes to reach each language level. This is a very rough estimate, and can vary considerably between individuals, but it may at least give an idea of what to expect.

The calculation is based on whether the student is a slow, medium or fast learner, and also on how much time the learner spend doing homework and other things outside of the lessons. The more hours you spend learning outside of the tuition hours, the faster you will progress (and it will be cheaper for you too!).

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Little Miss Busy

Wow guys, I have just spent some time looking through the calendar, and October is definitely the month where everyone wants to learn Swedish! I don’t think I have ever been this busy, which is fantastic as it means I can keep doing this for a living, which I love. :)

It also means that the schedule is pretty booked up for the next few weeks. Currently there are no available slots until 21st of October, but there are plenty of available slots after that:

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However, do keep checking in for cancellations, as they do happen – at least a few per week.

Looking forward to speak to you all soon!

/anneli

 

Höstnyheter / Autumn news

Hej!

Just a quick note to let you know that the current lead time for bookings is approximately 2-3 weeks. This means that you may need to book at least 2-3 weeks in advance, maybe even more if you require specific slots.

Also, from October all lesson hours are 50 minutes, and will start five minutes past and finish fine minutes two. So if you have booked a lesson 9-10 am, the lesson will start 9.05 and finish 9.55. Hope this makes sense!

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Hösthälsningar,

/anneli