A note on hen Hej! Anneli here. You may have heard of the gender neutral Swedish pronoun “hen“. It has been debated in Sweden during the past decade, and some people feel strongly about it. So what’s the fuss all about? Swedish gender and pronouns The Swedish language, like German, used to have three grammatical … Read moreHen – the debated Swedish pronoun
The Swedish sin The Swedish sin is an internationally known phenomenon that has influenced foreigners’ views on Swedish women for years. The source of the epithet is a speech given by US president Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960, in which he claimed that “sin, nudity, drunkenness and suicide” in Sweden were due to welfare policy … Read moreThe Swedish sin
HEJ! We are very excited about our new study group – Learn Swedish with Swedish Made Easy – that we launched last weekend on Facebook. This is a community study group for those you are studying Swedish with Swedish Made Easy, or those interested in studying with us. In this group, you can find some … Read moreLearn Swedish study group on Facebook
One of the major issues with learning Swedish, especially for English speakers, is word order in sentences. People nearly fluent still sometimes make word order mistakes in Swedish, and for beginners this is really difficult to get your head around. These kinds of mistakes sound pretty ugly to Swedes: no native Swede would do this, … Read moreVerb comes second – Swedish word order
New version of Teach Yourself Complete Swedish (Hodder & Stoughton) publishes 8 March 2018 Dr Anneli Beronius Haake from Swedish Made Easy is the author of the new book The book includes 20 units with online audio support, plus verb reference and word glossary, with relevant and up-to-date topics, including politics, education, gender equality and popular … Read more10 days until Teach Yourself Complete Swedish
In 30 days time, the brand new version of Teach Yourself Complete Swedish that I have been writing the past few years will finally be published (yay!). Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Swedish and communicate confidently with others? Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Swedish will … Read more30 days until launch of Complete Swedish
If you need some extra motivational factors to keep your Swedish lessons going, then how about this one: a new study shows that studying a foreign language actually makes your brain grow. The study compared language students who studied a foreign language full time with students who studied other topics full time (for ex medical … Read moreStudying a foreign language makes your brain grow
Booo! The Ghost of the Christmas Present/Past/Supine/Imperative/Infinitive…. Are you slightly terrified of of grammar? You are not alone. This great comic strip illustrate The Scary Grammar Cave. Have you been there recently?