Tag Archives: living in / moving to Sweden

Swedish Newspapers

Want to read something besides Aftonbladet? I found a link to Swedish Newspapers on line. “Click” to find your favorite.

The webpage does not only list Swedish newspapers but newspapers worldwide.

Reading the news does not only help improving your language but also gives you a sense of belonging; whether you are new to Sweden, a Swede living abroad or just interested in Sweden. You know what is going on and can join the conversations.

Personally I have a thing for local news, no matter which country I live in. It is also an excellent way to stay updated on what is going on on the cultural scene – museums, exhibitions, theaters, markets and other happenings in your area.

Have you found a favorite newspaper?

10 good things to know about Sweden

About Sweden; well what about it? Want to know a few Swedish essentials? Or are you looking for a list to explain Sweden to your friends abroad? Here it is; from fika to Allemansrätten and Idas sommarvisa – about Sweden

Video by Eductus.

From fika to Allemansrätten and Idas sommarvisa.

 

Det Vackraste – Music in Swedish on Valentine’s Day

 

It is Valentine’s Day – alla hjärtans dag – today, and what could be more appropriate than posting a link to a beautiful song of love.

It you are learning Swedish this is a perfect song – Cecilia sings in a clear voice, fairly slow which makes it easier to follow. The link is to Spotify; if you don’t have it you can check Youtube ( I did not post a link since I could not find a version where there were no spelling mistakes …)  Be sure to use TuneWiki to see the words in writing, if you use Spotify.

Cecilia Vennersten – Det Vackraste

 

 

Swedish ABC – pop culture

Are you familiar with the Swedish ABC? Well, perhaps not this one.

Check this alphabet out to learn – or smile knowingly – about Swedish pop culture. Equally interesting whether you are Swedish, new or seasoned expat in Sweden, or simply curious.

Radio Sweden has made a compilation of Swedish culture and language in their own ABC. Listen to it by clicking the link below.

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=2165159

Anything you want to add?

Swedish children’s literature

Swedish children’s literature

Who haven’t heard of Pippi and Astrid Lindgren? But there’s more to it when it comes to Swedish children’s literature. When I was living abroad Swedish children’s books – in Swedish – were very important to me and hopefully to my kids too. Luggage was heavy every time we returned after a visit to Sweden. I bought tons of books.

Today, being back in Sweden, we enjoy the libraries and spend less money – not time – on books. We still carry loads home every week.

Read about Swedish children’s literature here. Did you know difficult subjects are often brought up and dealt with? Personally, I love Goodbye Mr Muffin (Adjö, herr Muffin) by Ulf Nilsson.

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Growing up in Sweden

Growing up in Sweden

What does it mean to be a child in Sweden? Growing up in Sweden has many benefits.

Learn about school and vacation, family and leisure time, culture, hobbies and joining a club. What is Swedish children’s literature and do all parents work? Is there a support system for the young and how many children really play an instrument?

www.sweden.se shares the full story on Growing up in Sweden.

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Read in Swedish – website with samples

Read in Swedish

Reading is learning. Reading is traveling. I would say that to read is to rest and activate the brain at the same time – depending on what you are reading and what the purpose of it is.

I have not yet taken to read books on a tablet. I prefer to hold the book, flip through the crispy pages, smell the paper and insert post-its where I find something memorable. I also love a nice cover. I usually read in Swedish or English, but try to read at least a couple of books in German every year too. I think it is a good way to keep up the language and also to learn new words; especially the new, trendier words.

Read in Swedish – samples

Despite my love for the physical book I don’t mind reading shorter texts on a screen. There’s a webpage I use where you can read extracts from books published in Sweden. This is useful and inspiring when you look for something to read in Swedish. But it is not only valuable to native speakers – I also sometimes use it for my Swedish classes.

The website is www.provlas.se

Here are a few tips on what to read if you are learning Swedish – children or adults, beginners or advanced, first language or second!

Any good reads lately? In Swedish I am currently reading “En man som heter Ove”

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Travel notes

Travel notes

There is nothing like seeing new places, meeting new people and experience new situations to broaden your horizons. You learn not only about the world and its people but also about yourself. Moving abroad might be the ultimate test in this school of life, but traveling is excellent too! We carry memories for life, perhaps friendship or even love. We fill our cameras and smartphones with photos. Pictures are a great medium for remembering, but what about the written word? Do you keep travel notes? There are many travel blogs out there; perhaps a way for people to just keep notes. A simple note book (or a fancy one 🙂 ) will do to! As will of course digital tools.

Travel notes – why?

You might take notes to remember places, to describe sights. It can be for your eyes only or for your children who travel with you, or even for generations to come to discover. Sometimes when you write you see things more in detail. You notice the smells, the colors, the feeling you have at that point. How food tasted. Smell/taste in particular is hard to capture on a photo – yet.

The pen brings out an awareness on another level, at least in me. This does not mean I always take travel notes; not at all. But I am happy about the notes I have taken in the past. It is fun to read, and always surprising. I find things in my note books that I had totally forgotten about! Small situations, conversations or details. It is a sure trip down memory lane.

Taking notes is also a great way to see how you change yourself. I have previously written about taking early notes when you move abroad to savor the first impressions – after a while you won’t even notice the details you first found so striking.

Travel does not always have to be in real life though. You can travel by books and movies. Today we have fantastic means to travel online; videos, information and people. Connect and learn, take part in chats, follow country accounts on Twitter (Rotation Curation); share and ask! You can still take notes!

Tell me, do you take notes? Do you keep them in a note book or online? What do you do with them?

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#seetheworld Twitter Chat on Sweden is coming up!

#seetheworld

Join the Twitter chat on Sweden Aug 14! The community of #seetheworld will share and learn about Sweden! Whether you have already been to Sweden or not, live here or don’t, know something about it or nothing at all – come join us! This is a nice opportunity to chat about Sweden with fellow curious twitter friends. And, to connect with new friends! We all want to #seetheworld!

To join the conversation log in to Twitter and follow the hashtag #SeeTheWorld.

You can also follow

me, the co-host, @globatris

the founders @theCultureur and @RovingAltruist

and of course @SeeTheWorldChat

https://twitter.com/thecultureur/status/365212764148473856

Learn the Swedish language by listening to music

Learn the Swedish language by listening to music

Learning a language it is beneficial to listen to and sing along to music in that language. You learn new words but more importantly you get a sense of the rhythm and intonation of the language, as well as learning pronunciation.

Below is a link to a popular summer song in Swedish, by Tomas Ledin. It is called “Sommaren är kort” – summer is short.

video with sing-along text.

To learn the Swedish language by listening to music you need to pick up the words in the song. I have made a Sommaren är kort – glosor translating Swedish into English.

Sing along!