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20 July 2014 @ 23:13

oh yes

on friday at the clinic, for the first time, i said my personal number and i didn’t have to repeat anything or switch to english and they didn’t seem confused!

apparently the trick is to say it like the swedes say it and not how you’re actually taught. as in saying “tjufem” instead of “tjugifem” or whatever. you would think that saying the proper full word and doing your best to pronounce it properly would be more understandable, but apparently not.

also i have to watch out to say två instead of tvö because it’s tvö in icelandic and when i’m panicking talking to a stranger i tend to mix icelandic and swedish (like the last time i remember, i was saying “tvisvar” (twicewise, two times) instead of the swedish två gånger). for some really odd reason, because yeah i know i learnt icelandic first, but i never practise or use or study it anymore and i was never that great to begin with, and by now i’ve started to be in sweden for longer than i was in iceland, so why would icelandic pop out and not, say, english??

Tags: #miscellanious updates

20 July 2014 @ 22:01

"Ageless comic-figure dies in order to save homo-friend"
and to the upper-right, "Dies when he saves homo-friend"

"The freckled and now 75-years-old series-guy Acke (in English Archie Andrews) now succumbs to a sphere (bullet) when his close friend becomes attacked."

I was sitting next to my wife and she noticed this and started laughing, “Homo-friend! So this is a real word in Swedish now huh?” and I said “We’ve been over this before, everything’s a real word in Swedish”.

Tags: #sverige #sweden #swedish #archie #archie andrews
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17 July 2014 @ 22:39

was searching for blogs to check out in esperanto

http://junpe-n.blogspot.se/2013/04/jag-slutar-blogga-men-innan-jag-slutar.html (in esperanto, japanese, and swedish)

I’m quitting blogging, but before I quit, I want to write one more thing.

When I make omlettes, I throw the eggs up in the air and catch them in the pot so that they go to pieces. The slimy-ness feels so good when I pick out the eggshells with my hands. I think that Pippi [Longstocking] throws eggs up in the air to feel it.

my wife just responded, “äckligt” (disgusting)

my thought was more like “what a time-waste!”

Tags: #miscellanious updates

16 July 2014 @ 22:02

my wife said

"…when i was a kid i heard this quote in english by Francis Bacon a few times, but I didn’t understand that that was his name, i thought it was saying "france is bacon". so i never understood the quote because i thought that last part was included in it, and i even asked my english teacher about it, and then finally years later i got it."

Tags: #culture shock #miscellanious updates #francis bacon
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16 July 2014 @ 21:59

eventually i'll just stop asking

*watching dox about sea creatures*
me: what's "nafsa"?
wife: *laughs* it's hard to explain, it's a funny word... it's like if you do this *play-bites my shoulder a few times*, you can do it to food or to other things. go look it up
me: *looking it up* nibble?
wife: nibble sounds like it's little, right? that's not quite correct
me: nip?
wife: i don't know what nip is
me: it's a bite that's not harmful and doesn't hurt
wife: it's in-between a nip and a nibble then. a nipple.
me: .......
wife: do you understand why swedish is the way it is now? *laughing*

Tags: #miscellanious updates #svenska #swedish
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09 July 2014 @ 18:25

Dagens meny - Menu of the Day:
- Torkat fårkött - Dried sheep-meat
- Honungssötad korngröt, kokad med ?? - honey-sweetened kernel-porridge, boiled with ??
- Gammelost - cheese
- Serveras med vatten - Served with water

another traditional fence, some old norse probably (btw i can read old norse, so just ask me if you ever want something translated), real-version of an old book that they probably have scans online of, sample model of a traditional house…

Tags: #sverige #sweden #uppsala #traditional swedish #swedish food #food and drink
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09 July 2014 @ 18:15

one era in the many eras of sweden

Tags: #sverige #sweden #neon #neon clothing
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09 July 2014 @ 18:09

more culture night stuff from last year

Tags: #culture night #kulturnatten #sverige #sweden
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09 July 2014 @ 18:01

sushi, culture night last year with “american candied apples and doughnuts”, “burnt almonds” (a nordic thing - almonds fried in sugar and cinnamon basically), some swedish-style candy

Tags: #culture night #kulturnatten #food and meals #food and drink #swedish food

09 July 2014 @ 17:47

photos from a year ago, last midsummer. forgot if i already posted them but i probably did.

some old calendar, traditional swedish midsummer pole, traditional swedish fence (they pile up hay to dry on it, that’s why it looks funny). machine at the grocery store where you pick which snuff and non-prescription medicine you want i guess, the most depressing-looking cherry trees i’ve ever seen, some ads for “milk, the natural sport drink!”

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This is a blog for an unemployed, married American, living in Sweden and sometimes learning Swedish. I moved to Sweden on 5th June 2012. Help me by forcing me to use Swedish with you, thanks.

i also know a bit of faroese, icelandic, and japanese but my swedish is more advanced. i'm also into fandom and other things that i most likely won't talk about here. anyway, i'm a bit apathetic about this blog and tumblr in general.

Some common tags: christmas
culture shock (for cultural notes or differences, even if minor)

photos from finland trips

text posts or stuff not about sweden

plumbroths swedish (my uncorrected, longer Swedish)

SFI, aka Swedish for Immigrants class

food and meals grocery store holidays
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