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Tales of the devil, snow and suspenders – The Magic of Swedish Proverbs

Many proverbs are similar in different languages and come from translations of the Bible or classical literature. Other proverbs are more culture-specific. What do the most common Swedish proverbs say about a culture? Which values do they reflect? Here are a few Swedish proverbs that express important cultural values. Presented by Swedish with Mumm Independence and Self […]

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The Meaning of Silence

Do you find Swedes unusually quiet? Do you often wonder why they are silent? What does it really mean when someone is not speaking? While silence is normal and seen as something positive in some cultures, silence can be more provocative and strange in other cultures. Also in Sweden, the meaning of silence can be different. Presented by Swedish with Mumm […]

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Raising a multilingual child: Facts and Strategies

Raising a multilingual child is a long, but rewarding adventure. Many newbie families in Sweden consider it a challenge, but in lots of regions around the world multilingualism is something natural and common. Multilingualism is a great gift that can be given to your child and it is easier than you think. Read about the […]

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Understanding -S passiv

Presented by The Swedish Teacher Many who are learning Swedish are confused about when to use an -s on verbs in Swedish. Most verbs end with a -r in present tense and -de in simple past as you probably know already, but sometimes there is an “mysterious s”. There are two different occasions when there is […]

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Puzzling prepositions – a Swedish lesson with The Swedish Teacher

Presented by The Swedish Teacher Here at the Newbie Guide we work in an unholy mess of English, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. So we know first hand the struggle of getting the “small details” of a language right. On top of that we often get emails and messages asking about places and apps to […]

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A complete guide to buying an apartment in Stockholm (Part 2)

Buying an apartment is one of the most serious steps in life. It requires a lot of planning, savings and to be as prepared as possible. On this part two of the series, I will talk about the mortgage and downpayment. To read part 1 click here.  Know your Purchase Ability. Before rushing into apartment […]

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Settle in Sweden within 1 year

Have you considered moving to Sweden alone? Are you worried about the language, culture, job opportunities, cost of living etc? It can be extremely daunting to move from one place to another. However, life is short but remember that preparation is key and adaptation comes next.  Do your homework, measure the risk and reward. If […]

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Is it hit or is it dit? Unlocking Swedish grammar

The Swedish Teacher

Presented by The Swedish Teacher Did you ever construct a sentence like “Jag åkte där” only to be corrected? You are not alone 🙂 Swedish for “here,” “there,” “home” etc. come in two versions. You have to choose between “hit” and “här,” “dit” and “där” and “hem” and “hemma.” It might seem completely random when […]

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