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 moreWriting skills: neglected in language courses?

Why are prepositions so hard to learn?

Should I use ‘i’ or ‘på’ with days of the week? Am I sitting ‘i’ or ‘på’ the sofa? If you have ever asked yourself these types of questions, you are like most other Swedish learners. 🙂 When asking students what they struggle most with in terms of their Swedish, almost everyone says the same … Read moreWhy are prepositions so hard to learn?

Tycka, tänka, tro and how to use them

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If you find the verbs tycka, tro and tänka difficult to remember, you are NOT alone. The English word think corresponds to three Swedish verbs: tycka, tänka, and tro, something that likely causes confusion for non-native speakers. It can be tricky because the translation of the verbs can sometimes overlap each other. However, it’s not as complex as it might sound, but takes time and practice to get used to. In this post, we will look at when and how to use these words. At the end of this post, we also have a free Cheat Sheet that you can download and keep somewhere handy to remind yourself.

Time prepositions: i, på and om

Are you unsure of when to use the time prepositions i, på, and om when describing when, for how long or how often something happens? You are not alone. In this week’s blog post, we’ll dive into the murky waters of time prepositions, and look at the categories of Point in Time, Time Duration and Frequency, … Read moreTime prepositions: i, på and om

How long to learn Swedish

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

Får får får?

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?

Interview with a Swedish learner – Gonzalo

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

Letters we don’t pronounce

Letters we don’t pronounce 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 … Read moreLetters we don’t pronounce

10 days until Teach Yourself Complete Swedish

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