How to say the Swedish SJ-sound

The Swedish SJ-sound When you’re learning Swedish, you’ll pretty soon come across the SJ-sound. Or ‘ɧ’, as it is symbolised. Most learners first encounter this sound in the number 7 = sju.  Some Swedish learners find this sound hard to pronounce, and others find it a bit easier. It depends on what your mother tongue … Read more

Swedish: Accent Reduction – Intrusive ‘R’

What is the ‘intrusive R’? The intrusive R is something that is mainly relevant for English speakers, when they want to reduce their English accent while speaking Swedish. Other speakers can sometimes also experience intrusive R’s, but let’s say that it’s more common for English native speakers.  So what is it? The intrusive R often … Read more

Ny kurs för uttal! New course on Swedish Pronunciation!

Skulle du vilja låta mer svensk? / Would you like to sound more Swedish? Har du aldrig lyckats uttala sjuksköterska, eller vad skillnaden är mellan Å, Ä och Ö? / Never got the hang of how to say sjuksköterska, or what the difference is between Å, Ä and Ö? Eller när G eller K uttalas … Read more

Finding Your Swedish Ancestors

“Do you ever find yourself glued to your TV, binge-watching a show that you just can’t get enough of? Ever read a book so amazing that you couldn’t put it down? What if I told you there’s another story out there just like that?“ Caroline Guntur, The Swedish Genealogist When we get into contact with … Read more

Semlor – baka dina egna (how to bake your own semlor)

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 (tjugondag Knut on January 13th) until Easter. Originally they were only eaten every Tuesday from Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) until Easter. Nowadays, well… let’s say we eat them a bit more often during this period of the year.

Here is my recipe for semlor

Ingredienser:

  • 75 gram smör
  • 2,5 dl mjölk
  • 25 gram jäst
  • 2 krm salt
  • 0,5 dl socker
  • 1 tsk stött kardemumma
  • 8 dl vetemjöl (ca 500 gram)
  • 1 ägg till pensling

Fyllning till semlorna:

  • 200 gram mandelmassa eller marsipan
  • 1 dl grädde eller mjölk att ha i mandelmassan
  • 3 dl vispgrädde att vispa
  • 0,5 dl florsocker att pudra semlorna med

Gör så här:

1. Mal kardemumman

2. Aktivera jästen (om du behöver – gör som det står på jästpaketet). Blanda ihop mjöl, socker, salt, och kardemumma. Tillsätt mjölk, jäst, och smält smör.

3. Blanda till en deg. Låt degen jäsa i 45 min, under en handduk.

4. Dela degen i 12 delar. Baka ut till små runda bullar. Lägg bullarna på bakplåtspapper. Låt bullarna jäsa i 30 min, under en handduk.

5. Sätt ugnen på 220 grader. Rör ihop ett ägg, och pensla ägg-mixen på bullarna. Grädda bullarna i ugnen i ca 8 minuter, tills de fått en gyllenbrun färg.

6. Under tiden, riv marsipanen. Tillsätt 1 dl mjölk eller grädde. Låt mixen stå ett tag.

7. Ta ut bullarna ur ugnen, låt dem svalna under en handduk.

8. Skär ut locket på bullarna, och skrapa ut smulorna inuti. Tillsätt smulorna i marsipan-mixen.

9. Lägg i marsipan-mixen i bullarna.

10. Vispa lite grädde, och lägg grädden på marsipan-mixen. Lägg sedan locket på, och pudra lite med florsocker. Tadaaa! Klart!

Or you could just buy some semla in any café in Sweden, or maybe at Scandinavian Kitchen in London if you are there?

Från oss alla…

Festive greetings to you, as 2019 is coming to an end. God Jul och Gott Nytt År, as we say in Sweden! If you want to take part in some of the more weird Swedish festive traditions, do the following: 1. At 3pm on Christmas Eve, watch all of the clips in this playlist (if you’re in … Read more

Writing skills: neglected in language courses?

The skills of tactful writing are essential for achieving career and business goals. Apart from the workplace, writing is essential in many other areas as well; communicating with friends and family, as well as with organisations and people who provide a service (everything from dentists, teachers and tax offices to libraries and gyms). But are … Read more

Best way to start learning Swedish

Would you like to start (or re-start) studying Swedish, but don’t know where to start? Are you wondering what the best way is to learn Swedish? Do you feel overwhelmed with all the different websites, books, apps, courses and online resources? If this is you, then read on. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different ways of learning Swedish and the resources you may want to consider, so you can choose what works best for you. Also download our free Resource Checklist to get yourself organised and set yourself up for a great year of Swedish language learning.