Homesick in Sweden

I used to live in Edinburgh. For seven years. Homesickness did not strike until the last few months. I started taking walks in the parks, dreaming of Swedish woods and lakes. The air was still somehow not fresh enough, the sky not bright enough. The food was somehow...
Swedish Reactions

Swedish Reactions

Honeymoon is over, the sun sets a little earlier every evening, and the Swedish mood is dipping. And with that, so is your positive, easy-going attitude towards learning Swedish and trying to get more integrated at your Swedish workplace or with your Swedish new...
Where to go for Midsummer

Where to go for Midsummer

Where to go for Midsummer   You have probably been told about the upcoming event, Midsommarafton, taking place on Friday (23/6 2017). The aim is to celebrate the summer solstice (actually occurring a few days earlier) and the fact that from now and onwards, every day...

Is fika a dying phenomenon?

Is fika a dying phenomenon?   A recent article in Business Insider suggests that fika is not what the international hype is suggesting. In fact, Swedes themselves tell of fika as a dying concept, something they do with their grandmother once a year.   Is this true?...

Enough of lagom

Although even hugely accessible sources, like Wikipedia, claim the opposite, most Swedes believe that the word lagom cannot be translated into other languages. There is a huge myth surrounding this little word, it almost has the status of a conceptual national mascot....
Politeness according to Swedes

Politeness according to Swedes

After having lived almost seven years in Scotland, I returned to Sweden in 2008. I was shocked to discover how rude the Swedes are, slamming doors in my face, yawning without covering their mouths, bumping into me without apologising. Later I realised that I was...

How to pronounce the Swedish R

R This is the letter – or more correctly – the sound that is subject to most concern for my students. It shouldn’t be. There are letters, or sounds, that should be given much more attention, and if mispronounced can cause confusion or misunderstanding. To be able to...