Monday, 20 June 2011

en / ett word? Learn it with you word.

Swedish language has two genders
1. Common gender (en)
2. Neuter gender (ett)

What has it got to do with vocabulary? Well, in Swedish THE is used in the ending and together with the word.

So if a noun is an en word, then you add an -en at the end of the word
For example: en hiss (a lift) - hissen (the lift)

Also, the adjectives used with en nouns are in basic forms
For example:  en stor stad

Similarly when a noun is an ett word, then you add an -et at the end of the word.
For example: ett hus (a house) - huset (the house)

The adjective for ett nouns take an -t at the end of the adjective
For example: ett stort huset

Finally, the adjectives with the plural forms of the nouns always take -a at the end of the adjective. This is applicable to both en/ett plural nouns.

For example: dyra viner (ett vin) / vackra flickor (en flicka)

There are some exception to this rule:
If a noun finishes with an unstressed vowel, then only add -n / -t at the end.

There is no hard / fast rule as to which word is en or ett but you will just have to learn and get used to them.

I think it is easier to learn en / ett with the word itself. Hence, the correlation with vocabulary.

Hope these tips helps.
Best wishes

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Your Swedish Vocabulary by the Hundreds OVERNIGHT!!!

I found this link on youtube when I was looking for local Swedish videos. I found it really helpful as it explains how Swedish and English share common vocabulary.


When I started to increase my vocabulary it looked so daunting as every word seemed to be different but actually after going through this video, I am more confident on increasing my vocabulary at a faster pace.

My intention is to
Step 1 - Learn few new words say about 25 each week to start with - commonly to be used in daily life / professional life
Step 2 - To identify words with the technique mentioned in the video - about 10 possibly each week
Step 3 - Try to use them in sentences to put some context.

Things have been really busy but if I manage to do that on weekly basis, I will upload the vocabulary in the word list section of the blog.

If any of the readers use another technique, please feel free to leave them in comments.

Thanks for visiting and hope this helps.

The video in this blog is courtesy to Professor Paul, please find him on youtube using search word

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