Category Archives: Linguistics

Boulder yoga

I went to my first yoga class in Boulder yesterday, in a very unlikely and non-Boulder-ish location: an outpost of a commercial gym chain in a revamped old grocery store across the street from my apartment complex and next door to the … Continue reading

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Sommarlöv Slut

Just to clear this up at the outset: Sommarlöv slut means “summer-leave end.” (Get your mind out of the gutter.) I don’t like the word “slut” in English; it can be good and bad in Swedish. Right now, it’s a … Continue reading

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Woe, Wozzeck!

Last night, Matt and I went to hear the opera Wozzeck, performed at the Stockholm Royal Opera (Kungliga Operan). This opera is not uplifting.  Plus it includes some strident 12-tone portions, written by Schoenberg’s pupil Alban Berg and sung in … Continue reading

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Dangerous homonyms

I said the other day to one of the teachers in our Swedish course that “vi är gift,” to tell her that Matt and I are married. The word gift means “married” as an adjective for a singular subject. Unfortunately, for … Continue reading

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We have been learning numbers.  And numbers in Swedish sound and look suspiciously like Italian. For example, 90 is nittio.  And 4 is fyra, a word I have yet to master when it comes to pronounciation — a blend of … Continue reading

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Mall-ing the language

This week, Matt and I started intensive Swedish courses. It’s sort of amazing how difficult it is for my brain to wrap itself around a new language.  The first day was so tiring, plus it made me homesick — a … Continue reading

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