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The Svenska way

Week 10, Episode 19

Swedish has already shown us pecularities of its nature and there are more on the way. In this language you can say "Yes" without opening your mouth and actually saying a word, but by making a certain sound. This is not some kind of rarity, so be prepared to hear it and use it if you're dealing with a Swede (especially from the north of Sweden).

The sound reminds me the one you make when trying to make a fast small sip of a very hot tea/coffee. But maybe it is better just to hear it once in this short (2 minutes) video instead of describing it?

The Swedish people rarely use the Future Tense to describe things they will do in the future. This is how the usage of a language shows mentality: if a Swede is after something, he or she is most likely to go and do it. 

That is why talking about future actions they use other ways than the Future Tense to put it in words: through the Present Tense, through a construction "att komma att göra något" (similar to "to be going to" in English) or with a verb "att tänka" (to think, to plan).

Personally, I adore people whose word you can rely on, that is something I value in myself and others. So it looks like in some ways I am already Swedish: I like candles as they do, I like salty snacks (but I am not sure about salty liquorice candies), I love fika (though in Russia we just don't call it anyhow) and I can pronounce the sound [ɕ] (tj, k) that we talked about while langventuring in German and I think even the sound [ɧ] (sj, stj, skj, and sk before front vowels) as well.

The Vikings legacy was not just forgotten in modern Swedish—it is integrated into the designations of the days of the week. To me it feels as if just by saying these words you pay the tribute to those who laid the foundation of the Swedish culture. Centuries passed but the language saved what once had had a great value for the ancestors.

With this almost magical past, that I find enchanting, and odd but fascinating present, the Swedish language basically offers you another way to see the world. Learning it is like being in a parallel universe—it looks familiar but still different. And who doesn't want to experience the extortion of the spacetime continuum, risk-free and with no catastrophic consequences?

That's the Svenska way! Hej då! (Hey doh) See you!

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