BREAKING NEWS! Language teachers need new qualification from the National Language Police Academy Language teachers in Sweden will need to comply with new regulations from Skolverket (The Swedish National Agency for Education), which includes a qualification from the National Language Police Academy, it has emerged. The National Language Police Academy is an educational institute that […]
Our partner Caroline, a Swedish Genealogist and Family Historian, has written a blog post with 5 cool gifts for Swedish-Americans (or anyone in America learning Swedish). 1. A Spot in Caroline’s Online Course Searching Sweden 2. A Modern Swedish Jewelry Piece from AWNL 3. An Annual Subscription to The Scandinavia Box 4. Swedish Language Lessons from us 🙂 […]
When we get into contact with people wanting to learn Swedish, it’s often because they have a Swedish partner, or work/study in Sweden. But there are also people who want to learn Swedish because of their Swedish ancestors. Therefore, we’ve teamed up with Caroline Guntur, The Swedish Genealogist, who will bring you more resources on […]
Have you tried semlor? It’s that time of year again! On Tuesday, it’s the day of the Semla. It’s that time of year again! On Tuesday is the day of the Semla. Semlor (plural, semla in singular) are cardamom buns with cream and almond paste, commonly available from the official end of the Christmas season […]
How Swedes celebrate a typical Swedish Christmas Ever wondered how you celebrate Swedish Christmas? Swedes celebrate Christmas (jul) on Christmas Eve (julafton). This is the day when Swedes eat their Christmas food and exchange presents. Swedish Christmas food Traditional Swedish Christmas food is usually a large buffet (julbord). Some people have their julbord at lunchtime […]
Happy Valborg! Valborg is the name of the 30th of April in Sweden. In Sweden, this is celebrated by lighting bonfires (majbrasor) all around the country in the evening, and people gather to watch the bonfires. Some places have fireworks (fyrverkerier). Once the bonfire is lit, it is traditional for a men’s choir (manskör) to […]
This Sunday is the day of the annual cross country ski race held in Dalarna, Vasaloppet. The main race is 90 kilometers (56 miles), starting in Sälen and finishing in Mora. It is apparently the oldest cross country ski race in the world.
The summer 2018, I was asked to take part in the BBC TV-series Twinstitute as a Swedish teacher. The episode (airing 6th of February 2019 on BBC Two) tested the best way to learn a language by comparing having lessons with a teacher and self-studying. My two students, Tina and Des, studied Swedish with me every evening via Skype for about 4 weeks. Tina and Des had never studied Swedish before, and did not know a single word before they started. It was a lot of fun!
How to be Sexy in Swedish Have you ever wondered how to be more sexy in Swedish? When you are learning Swedish, chances are that the course books include everyday language that is very helpful for getting by in Sweden in general. However, you will probably not find intimate and sexy phrases in these types […]
In this blog post, we’ll look at the Swedish lucia tradition, why Swedes celebrate an Italian saint, and we’ll also look at the traditional Lucia buns that are served at this time of the year. You’ll also get a free Lucia bun recipe, if you would like to make your own!