Ben, born in 1970, is from the east coast of the United States. In 2000, a half year after meeting a Dutch woman while both were biking around Ireland (in opposite directions!), he moved to the Netherlands. Within a few months they were married, raising her two young children together and he was speaking Dutch. Twelve years … Read moreInterview with a Swedish learner – Ben
Helping someone to develop new language skills is not just about teaching them how to conjugate verbs or how to pronounce “sju sjösjuka sjömän”. It is about helping them to find a new voice, confidence, and a new identity in the new language. In order to do this, I think it’s important to develop a … Read moreThis made my day today!
Hej alla! Gott Nytt 2013! I hope you have all had a nice relaxing time and are ready to get back into your svenskalektioner again? I have just got back from 10 days in Sweden – Stockholm and mainly Dalarna – and I am really excited about getting started again with lessons this year and … Read moreRedo för ett nytt år!
This month’s installment of Speak Like a Swede features different ways of saying “think” in Swedish: “tycka”, “tro”, and “tänka”; slang words for being drunk; a Swedish saying about having many names if you’re popular, and learning Swedish by singing. Read it on Nordic Spotlight here!
I have been running a few polls here on the website, and here is the current results of one of them: What is your best way of learning new words?
Hej! Here is a little Friday treat for you: I have pulled together a Spotify playlist with a variety of Swedish artists singing in Swedish. Have a listen, see if there is something you like. If there is, listen to more songs by that artist, and maybe learn the songs so you can sing along! … Read moreSvensk musik på svenska
Click on the pic to read the latest blog post on Nordic Spotlight, where I share some pronunciation tips, slang words, and discuss the gender-neutral pronoun “hen”.
Do you use online dictionaries? Here is a great dictionary, organised according to themes – it shows pictures, the written words and it also has a listening function if you click on an image. Have a go! http://lexin.nada.kth.se/lang/bildteman/
Nick is 25 and originally from Kent, but he has lived in several places around England including the East Midlands for the last 4 years. He trained as a musician but since August 2011 he has been re-training to become an artist in the games industry on a 2 and a half year course in Malmö. After that … Read moreInterview with a Swedish learner – Nick