27 November 2013 @ 15:12
St. Martin’s Day
I suppose it’s because of St. Martin’s Day, which was on the 10th, but they have been selling “black soup” and “rice sausage”, so of course I bought some!! I haven’t had these before. actually mom said “you absolutely can’t buy svartsoppa, it’s made of blood, that’s disgusting” but the whole family including her eats blood pudding so…??
I’m warming up the blood soup now, it looks like chocolate pudding and smells like molasses / dark syrup. Well, not quite like that, it’s like that mixed with cloves and some other spices (it smells like pumpkin pie), a real nostalgic “autumn” smell. But I haven’t tasted it yet. The rice sausage is apparently supposed to be eaten sliced and cold/room temperature, I haven’t taken it out of the packaging yet.
Photos later after I eat and find the camera cord!!
edit: i just tried the room temperature soup. it doesn’t taste that bad, but doesn’t taste that good either. it tastes worse than it smells but it’s not exactly terrible. in other words it’s lagom and just as all other swedish food.
the sausage smells like… it smells kind of like headcheese actually, or one of those other traditional foods, i can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s a familiar smell. you can obviously tell it’s made up of the undesireable parts of the animal. it also looks like it has raisins in it. but it can’t be worse than the taste of brennivín so i’ll be okay… edit: i figured it out!! it’s like a stronger version of Danish liverpaste. Swedish liverpaste is okay, Icelandic liverpaste is really tasty, but Danish….
edit x2: i tried the sausage, DISGUSTING. but i can eat the soup.
#st. martins day
26 November 2013 @ 16:05
"du kan inte drepa en person och glömma bort det” - something on the radio.
anyway i am now gonna make a real blog, not a tumblr, but only transfer images/posts which show text or teach something. someone wanted a site where they could post “real life” resources like that, so i suggested to make a webring of blogs. linking to a tumblr feels pathetic and unserious so i will make a real blog.
it’s gonna be there, i just made it a few minutes ago so it doesn’t have anything on it yet, but i’ll be updating it with old entries and making things very organized. so it’s also an alternative for you who find this blog too difficult to navigate.
16 November 2013 @ 17:19
some of those already exists! omblogga is kinda unnecessary, as “re” in “reblog” is a swedish word aswell
what are some words with “re” in swedish? i only ever noticed om or arguably åter in that sense.
16 November 2013 @ 15:15
i made up some swedish
att färgchatta/färgsnacka - to pchat/paint chat (multiple people draw on the same canvas)
att strömma - to stream (ex. screen-share)
att vara nybögare - to be a n00b
en fanförening - a fandom community
att mejsla/räffla - to ship (ex. ship a pairing) (under mental debate)
fanhet - fandom
att omblogga - reblog
kläspel / klälek (lol) - cosplay
kaukansk - wapanese / weeaboo
tumlare / tumblare - tumblr person
nätbok - online journal / blog
knutsamling - kink meme (no idea… all the working ideas were really long)
omröst - dub
16 November 2013 @ 14:48
so anyway, as declared today by dad, “no it’s not autumn, it’s christmastime!”
we went to the mall, me to look for mittens (not gloves) and the sisters-who-are-here-on-a-weekend-visit to look for shoes (which they took like three hours on and then didn’t buy any).
so i bought a gold teaspoon, norwegian-pattern mittens to go inside of my wool ones my grandma knit me,
julkorv yule sausage, “gingerbread caramels” aka chewy candy, and three pairs of socks. i tried to get my wife to buy some mascara that would paint your eyelashes colours but they only had three colours and none of them were good or bright (she wanted white and i thought neon green would be cool).
stuff i spotted:
- an old man very seriously checking out a bright pink baking-related item
- group of guys exiting a sushi place, two with neon shoes and three with plain-coloured (brown/black).
- multiple women with bright yellow faux-leather bags- dad playing with his kids who were playing at the middle-of-the-mall-playground, the playground was made to look like an island
- part christmas sweater, part kimono top
- a large variety of gold, silver, faux fur, and leopard print clothing (almost all for women), including faux fur scarves (“but you can buy real fur ones in Kiruna”)
- neon knitted jumpers/sweaters, also the usual stuff like neon wallets and neon shirts and tights- craft store full of semi-okay, semi-bad vintage-inspired christmas stuff, including coloured twine “for making a real present like in the old days”
- mini christmas market that just had food and candy.
- vintage-style large tin thermos which i wanted really badly but it did have a little plastic on the bottom so i can handle not having bought it
- not a single shop was playing christmas music. or any music at all. and none of them smelt of perfume or incense either.
13 November 2013 @ 00:16
Anonymous asked: "What is the education like in Sweden? :)"
Well, I’m not Swedish so I can’t say much from first-hand experience… You learn tiny useless amounts of English in first grade or so (ex. numbers and the alphabet and some basic words), then you keep learning for years. You also have to study another major language (ex. German or French) just like most of Europe. Junior high is the maturity/in-some-cases-education level of American high schools, and gymnasium/high school is a lot more like American Universities. School lunches are free for all students, and most students eat them. They’re much better quality than American school lunches (although Swedes still think they’re crap) and they’re the same as what the hospitals feed patients (if you saw that post of mine with photos of that).
For example, if you are doing bad/fail in a course, they will contact you instead of your parents (they would contact your parents in America, or at least in addition). This is because Swedish kids are taught to act like they are adults from a young age, and by age 16 or so they’re really considered adult. Kids skip school a lot and people don’t care very much, and if I remember right, even in gymnasium there a different attendance requirement so you don’t have to show up every day like you do in American schools (dunno if that’s correct though). And of course, the teachers leave things up to you, just like in Uni. Even in American Universities it’s likely the teachers will try to act friendly and come talk to you when you are having problems etc, but in the Nordics it’s instead your job to come to them.
I can talk most about Uni because I know a bunch of people studying in it now. Your coursebooks might be in English, or another Scandinavian language, even if the course is taught in Swedish. For example, my wife’s sister in her videogame design course has a textbook in English and some homework assignments that require them to watch videos in English, but the actual homework (reports etc.) and in-class teaching is in Swedish. The same is for my wife’s language study programme, she has some textbooks in Swedish, some in English, and they have to use English websites but the course is taught in Swedish. So they have to learn both the English and Swedish terms for things (same as Icelanders). It’s just up to chance if the stuff you get is in English or not, you may even have a visiting teacher who doesn’t speak Swedish sometimes.
You also get MUCH less homework than in American schools. So you might get homework a couple times a week or less. Or even once a month or so. But that’s the same in Iceland. Instead, you will have a mid-term exam and an end-of-term exam, and if you fail those you can retake them a few times. You can also retake the course if you want (depends on the school what the requirements are for that). There is also much less (or no) options for extra-credit than in America.
It’s also not like America in that you can take 20 years to finish a degree if you want, and you can fail as much as you want too. The school isn’t going to kick you out or disqualify you. I’ve heard of stories from Americans like “if I don’t pass this time, I can’t get the degree ever again” or “I can’t get another degree after this, the school won’t let me” but that’s not the case here.
And of course, school is free. No tuition payments. You may have to buy your textbooks (sometimes you can just borrow them) though. If you go to a special school you will have to pay though.
So along with gymnasium and university, there is also “folk schools” or… well, you can pay some money and take extra courses, like Japanese or courses to become a chef.
In the chef course I want to take, I’ll get a lot of weeks of internship. It’s the same in my wife’s linguistics course, she’ll get like half a year of internship or something like that. In gymnasium you also have to do some. Anyway, the point is, they give you work experience. One guy I talked to said that his for gymnasium was even paid, but I don’t really know about that.
Sometimes you can also test out of things in gymnasium and get credit. Or maybe that was just in Norway. But the idea of that is that you self-study Chinese and then take a test and get Chinese credit, for example.
Everything is electronic too, just like the healthcare stuff, so when you go to sign up for Uni courses your data from gymnasium and other grades and so on is already in the system and you don’t have to submit anything. So like, now that I have submitted most of my old grades (Iceland never sent me a transcript…), even if I want to apply to school starting five years from now, they will have my stuff on file and I don’t have to re-send anything. They also automatically know that I completed SFI and whatever.
Oh and little stuff like in America, they always separate the class by gender (ex. boys do this while girls do this) but in Sweden they never did that when my wife was in school. It’s also okay to go to a bar and hang out drinking alcohol with your teachers or whatever, if you’re into that. Students can form clubs, of which there seem to be a lot of, and I think you get a club budget. My wife was in kendo club in gymnasium and they used the club budget to buy sake and sushi. In contrast, in America there were really only sports teams and shabby clubs where your budget was all raised by the members (if you had any at all), in all of my schools. I think my wife’s school had “club rooms” as well, I’m not sure about this, but in all of my schools we had to find an empty classroom we could use, so it’s not like we could move much stuff around because a class would be using it the next day.
Hope the ramble helped… I’m not really the guy to talk to about school, it’s best to talk to someone who’s lived both in your country and Sweden during gradeschool for that I think. I’m 21 now, actually my birthday’s in about three months, and my last year in high school was the year I was 15/16 (I graduated at 17 and my entire 16/17 year was entirely courses taken at University) so it’s getting hard to remember…
06 November 2013 @ 18:00
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Dongdaemun is a great place. The first time I went there was on a date with someone who only spoke Korean, and I had never heard about it before so when I got there and the guy took me into one of the malls I was super excited. The malls are upwards of 5 floors I’d say, each floor dedicated to either mens or womens wear, children’s’ clothes, luggage, accessories. Each floor has a bunch of boutiques, usually selling the same or similar clothes, and you can haggle with them or get a discount if you’re paying cash. It was funny to me when I went back with Lexie and Son Min, as we were searching for a bathroom, we went to the basement floor of one of the malls and found a 7 Eleven neighboring a boutique selling (probably) fake Abercrombie apparel. Something about them being together made me laugh. In Korea, you can browse Abercrombie while you wait for your slushie.
You went on a date with a guy who only spoke Korean??? You brave, brave man. How good did your Korean really get while you were there? And how did you get a date with him? Online dating site, or ran into him on the train, or? (I have seen both happen to people who didn’t speak the language).
Now I can handle talking to people who only speak Swedish, but I might be way more scared of talking in another language than you are hahah. I still get scared thinking people won’t be able to understand me or I won’t be able to understand them, even though it hardly ever happens anymore.
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06 November 2013 @ 17:54
(Faroese) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Read by Hans Tórgarð, translated by Gunnar Hoydal. If you would like to download and not just stream, click “Tak niður” to the left (blue background) and click the link that appears below. You can’t download more than one file at the same time or you’ll get an error half the time, so wait until it finishes before starting a second download.
Online text/script for parts 1-12 here (search “Harry Potter” and you’ll see it). If anyone has audio part 17 or more online script, please let me know!
This is the great thing that I found this evening. You know, an audio book of this costs like 550DKK (plus tons of money in shipping?) so it’s really fantastic… Too bad part 17 is missing.
But now I finally have a bunch of Faroese audio with matching text! I already have a PDF of the first Harry Potter book in Faroese. Tomorrow I’ll piece all these audio pieces together so it’s in two big files, and cut out the intro talking on each continuing piece.
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05 November 2013 @ 19:37
Goder afton, goder afton, båd’ herre och fru,
vi önskar Eder alla en fröjdefull jul!
Goder afton, goder afton, välkommen var gäst,
vi önskar Eder alla en fröjdefull fest!
/”songs are rather vital in sweden” says my wife
last year i tried a little but was too embarrassed and didn’t know enough swedish to understand all the songs, but this year i’m definitely being forced to learn a bunch and sing them… ohh but my singing voice is…
yes, christmas decorations have already come up in the local grocery store. magazines have been advertising a bit already and of course, christmas candy is already being sold (for halloween?).