Advent Calendar Day 2 – The Word Pantry – Julpynt

Advent Calendar Day 2 – The Word Pantry – Julpynt

I was going to write a longer post with a lot of photos but frankly, I’ve had other stuff on my mind today. So we’re settling for one picture: A simple but useful and seasonal word today: julpynt. Jul means Christmas (related to English yule) and pynt means… deco, I guess. A thing that is used for decoration. The word isn’t used much outside of compounds like julpynt and påskpynt (Easter deco), and there’s also a verb att pynta (to decorate). Note that this is only decoration in the sense…

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Advent Calendar, Day 1 – The Word Pantry: Adventskalender!

Advent Calendar, Day 1 – The Word Pantry: Adventskalender!

It’s been pretty quiet here at Zero, Eight, Love, lately. I’ve had a bit of a hectic fall, and not much time or energy for blogging. Well, it’s about to get busy in here! From today until Christmas Eve, I will be posting daily in a sort of advent calendar. All the posts will be themed around Christmas in Sweden, and it’ll be a mix of post types, some Word Pantry and Music Monday posts with other things inbetween. I might…

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The Word Pantry – Mångata

The Word Pantry – Mångata

Today, after a period of silence, I come to you with a word that I often see on those “beautiful words from foreign languages” lists. Namely:   Beautiful, right? I need to find a reason to put this in a book one day. The amusing thing with those lists is that they often write out the word as mangata instead of mångata. Which makes the meaning manstreet or manestreet rather than moonstreet. Not quite as poetic, I think.

Music Monday – Ingen Vill Veta Var Du Köpt Din Tröja by Raymond & Maria

Music Monday – Ingen Vill Veta Var Du Köpt Din Tröja by Raymond & Maria

I’ve been thinking for a while that one of the things that I want to do with this blog is post about some Swedish songs I like, and maybe even provide some translations of lyrics so that my non-Swedish speaking readers can enjoy the meaning of the songs as well as the sound. I know when I listen to music in a language I don’t know I always like having some idea about what the lyrics are about. Today, for…

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Love Tensta #3 – Darling, Deer

Love Tensta #3 – Darling, Deer

Earlier in the week dad and I were out running, just at the edge of the nature reserve that starts not 10 minutes on foot from my flat. It was almost dusk, and we were pleasantly surprised by a deer hanging out by the side of the road, just looking at us. We jogged on and discovered he was waiting for his buddy who was moving his way through the bushes.   But yeah… There’s nothing out here but concrete,…

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The Word Pantry – Dagvill

The Word Pantry – Dagvill

Hello everyone! It’s August now, and I thought I’d start August off with a new Swedish word for you: This is one of those words that are very, very specific but sometimes just the thing you need. For example, in April-May I usually get very dagvill because there are so many red days and long weekends that end up messing up my day job schedule. Dag means day and I think that the -vill part is related to vilse which means lost (as in having lost…

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Love Tensta #1: Tough Guys Like Bluebells

Love Tensta #1: Tough Guys Like Bluebells

My neighborhood, Tensta, and similar neighborhoods tend to get a lot of crap in the media. It’s always bothered me, because I really love this place. I’ve lived here nearly 30 years, and honestly, the only think that’s ever really tempted me to move away from here and the wonderous, spacious balconies I’ve seen in the apartment complex my landlord owns in a nearby (and in many ways similar) neighborhood. Stockholm is my city and Sweden is my country but this place,…

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The Word Pantry – Ordförråd

The Word Pantry – Ordförråd

One of the things I wanted to do on this blog is to teach you guys some Swedish words. And, suitably, I’m starting with the word ordförråd, which is the Swedish word meaning vocabulary (usually in the sense of the range of words a particular person knows, rather than the wider sense of the lexicon of a language). Ord means word and förråd means storage or inventory, like for example a basement storage unit. I’m not sure exactly why, but I tend to associate the term…

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