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The Complete Guide To Traveling In Sweden This Summer

The Complete Guide To Traveling In Sweden This Summer

From Stockholm to Gothenburg, Malmö, the mountains, the countryside and the many islands — we’ll show you Sweden’s true gems and give you some tips for your trip.
Swedish ‘Hen’ Is Here To Stay: The Success Of A Made-Up Gender-Neutral Pronoun

Swedish ‘Hen’ Is Here To Stay: The Success Of A Made-Up Gender-Neutral Pronoun

For a long time in Swedish, you had to choose between the masculine ‘han’ and feminine ‘hon’ pronouns. The Swedish ‘hen’ is changing that.
Babbel Tries: The Strangely Salty World Of Swedish Candy

Babbel Tries: The Strangely Salty World Of Swedish Candy

Our team tries some Swedish candy, and let’s just say it’s an acquired taste. Read on for language, culture and hilarious reactions.
How To Text Like A Millennial In 7 Other Languages

How To Text Like A Millennial In 7 Other Languages

Guess what: young people are killing and/or evolving other languages besides English!
How To Name And Pronounce Colors In Swedish

How To Name And Pronounce Colors In Swedish

Roses are röda, violets are blå (pronounced BLU-uh). We know our colors in Swedish, and soon you will too-uh!
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Swedish?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Swedish?

Does your knowledge of Swedish go past Ikea and meatballs?
How To Host The Perfect Swedish Dinner Party

How To Host The Perfect Swedish Dinner Party

Hint: you’ve got options beyond IKEA meatballs.
Culture City: A Scandinavian Experience In Your Backyard

Culture City: A Scandinavian Experience In Your Backyard

In this installment of Culture City, we visited an international hotspot for Nordic culture and got our Scandinavian fix, no passport needed.
How Many People Speak Swedish, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak Swedish, And Where Is It Spoken?

Hint: there are far fewer Swedish speakers than IKEA shoppers in the world.
Straight Outta Rinkeby: Multi-Ethnolects Created By Immigrants In Scandinavia

Straight Outta Rinkeby: Multi-Ethnolects Created By Immigrants In Scandinavia

Svenska (Swedish) may be the official language of Sweden but Rinkebysvenska is the language of immigrant communities and the forward-thinking youth. Here’s what Scandinavia’s multi-ethnolects can teach us about communication and culture.
5 Of The Best Podcasts For Swedish Language Learners

5 Of The Best Podcasts For Swedish Language Learners

Whether you’re reinforcing your language essentials or catching up on Swedish murder mysteries, listening to these podcasts totally counts as studying.
How To Talk About Mental Health In 6 Different Languages

How To Talk About Mental Health In 6 Different Languages

‘Self-care’ has become a major buzzword in the U.S. amid a burgeoning movement to destigmatize mental illness. Do other cultures discuss mental health as openly?
The American Obsession With Ikea

The American Obsession With Ikea

In the over 30 years since the company opened in the United States, IKEA has fully infiltrated American culture. Here are a few reasons why.
Death Cleaning And Other Decluttering Traditions Around The World

Death Cleaning And Other Decluttering Traditions Around The World

What do feng shui, the KonMari method, and Swedish death cleaning all have in common? They’re not just trendy — they also reveal something about the cultures they came from.