TISUS or SVA (svenska som andraspråk) through KomVux?

TISUS or SVA (svenska som andraspråk) through KomVux?     Tisus or SVA? For many advanced Swedish language learners, this is the “to be or not to be”.   While teaching Swedish at more advanced levels, I often get asked about the differences between TISUS and SVA,...
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...

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....

Advice for TISUS

The topics for this year’s TISUS oral exam are out. (For those of you who do not know, TISUS is an exam in Swedish for anyone who wishes to apply to a Swedish university. In my opinion, TISUS is unnecessarily difficult.)   This year’s examinees will...

The difference between än, ännu (and även)

Än, ännu, även. Do they mean the same? Does it matter which one I use? This is a question I get very often. Fair enough. There is some confusion, and I am pretty sure that your Swedish friends will also get a tiny bit perplexed if trying to explain this. When using...

What dictionary do I need for my Swedish studies?

I am grateful my students are so patient with me. I am fully aware that as a teacher, I often contradict myself. I start off by blaming my students for not bringing a dictionary to the course, and when they finally show up with one, I tell them off for using it too...

Let the light in (but not at night)

Some people I know rather well live in a small, detached house – what you would call villa in Swedish, but not in any other language. Their next-door neighbours since a few years back is a young couple. My friends are very suspicious of this couple. Why? They have...