Many students ask how long it takes to learn Swedish. We have previously written a longer blog post about it, but we 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, … Read moreHow long to learn Swedish
Kräftor – Crayfish August is the season for kräftor crayfish in Sweden. But how did this tradition start in Sweden? What does it entail today? And what are some useful phrases for a traditional kräftskiva crayfish party? The history of kräftor in Sweden In Sweden, we have been eating kräftor for many hundreds of years. … Read moreKräftor kräftor kräftor!
Hej! Daniel here. In this week’s blog post I’ll help you to make sense of the Swedish word får. Får får får? is a Swedish pun that means “Do sheep get sheep?” (meaning Do sheep have (baby) sheep? or What’s the word for baby sheep?) Many languages have what I call ‘hiccups’: words that can … Read moreFår får får?
This week’s story comes from Gonzalo. He is originally from Peru and is a native Spanish speaker but learned English when he was very young. He lives in London and works as a management consultant in the infrastructure sector. He met Jenny from Sweden in 2012, and they are now married and are expecting their … Read moreInterview with a Swedish learner – Gonzalo
Marilena is a biologist who is lucky enough to work as a researcher in one of the most well-known institutes in Europe. She arrived in Sweden a couple of years ago, moving from her home country, Greece, to work in Stockholm. Even though Swedish winters are hard for Mediterranean people, she loves Stockholm for its … Read moreInterview with a Swedish learner – Marilena
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
Swedish vowels Hej! Anneli here. Today we will be talking pronunciation. As you may already know, the Swedish language has 9 vowels: A, E, I, O, U, Y (note that y is always a vowel in Swedish!), Å, Ä, and Ö. However, there is another way of grouping the vowels, rather than just alphabetically – … Read moreSwedish vowels – hard and soft
Hej! Daniel here! In this week’s blogpost, we’re talking pronunciation. We have a saying in Sweden that goes Har man sagt A får man säga B (If you’ve said A, you should say B). However, this doesn’t translate into how Swedes actually speak; the saying continues with …så får vi C vad D E (…and we’ll … Read moreLetters we don’t pronounce