Language

The difference between ‘bra’ and ‘god’

If you want to compliment someone you would most probably use the word ‘good’ in some way. Did you know, however, that there are two different words for that in Swedish? Bra and god – not what you thought they meant, right?

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What’s the difference between ‘någonting’, ‘något’, and ‘nått’?

Listening to a Swede talk makes a great source for a never-ending stream of question marks. Mostly words are pronounced just like they are written, except for the times they aren’t. In addition once you’ve learned a word, suddenly you hear it again but now it sounds completely different. Någonting and någon are those kind […]

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Language

What’s up with ‘de’ and ‘dem’?

In Swedish, the pronouns for the 3rd person plural are de and dem, which are very similar to the English they and them. If you’ve listened to Swedish you might, however, hear the little word dom replacing these two altogether. What’s up with that?

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Language

Cursing in Swedish

Ursäkta min dåliga franska – Pardon my bad French. Many, many people don’t like cursing and it’s something you don’t even learn in your regular language course. I ask why, since cursing is a huge part of a language and sometimes necessary to show appropriate emotions. Perhaps it might sound like you lack impulse control […]

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Language

Is Swedish hard to learn?

One extremely frequent question, that we at Say it in Swedish get, is: Is Swedish hard to learn? To get an answer to that, you must first know how much time you’ve got to learn, what proficiency level you want to achieve, basically what you need Swedish for, and what Swedish really is.

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Swedish Music

Our own Swedish playlists

Sweden is a very, very extremely musical country. With public music and culture schools everywhere it’s no mystery that Swedes love to sing and that Sweden is the biggest exporter of pop songs. A great deal of modern pop songs are written by Swedes.

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Swedish Recipes

Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs)

Swedish meatballs have gotten pretty famous abroad and the Swedish furniture store IKEA has probably contributed a bunch to that, don’t you think? This meal is one of my favorites and very easy to do, so let’s make this together.

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Swedish Recipes

Kanelbullar (Cinnamon buns)

A cafe without cinnamon buns, or kanelbullar, would be unimaginable in Sweden today. These buns are basically like the de facto national pastry of Sweden – a soft bun filled with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, shaped like a roll or knot. It even has its own day: 4th October and that’s why, because it’s so […]

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Swedish Recipes

Tacopaj (Taco pie)

You won’t instantly think of Sweden when you talk about Tacos, which is a very popular dish in Sweden on Fridays and Saturdays. Sweden has a big tradition of hearty pies and combining these two dishes into one makes the taco pie one of Sweden’s greatest culinary achievements. It is very popular in Sweden and that’s why […]

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