Learn to Fika If you learn only one Swedish word, make it fika (fee-ka). Confusingly, it’s both a noun and a verb. Strictly speaking it means a coffee break. But you get a better idea of what it’s all about - and why it’s so important in Swedish culture - by thinking of it as a verb. Loosely translated, it means spending time over a coffee and a pastry - preferably a sweet bun - chatting and generally hanging out with a friend. Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade. Halloween is a relatively young tradition in Sweden, with few people celebrating it until the 1990s.
Travel - The Swedish cheese that can’t be moved As I reached the small village of Burträsk in northern Sweden, I saw snow piled by the roadsides like icing and a group of reindeer sitting down for a rest. When I got out of the car to take a photograph, they stood up, crossed the road and disappeared into the woods. I had come to Burträsk to learn about a secret that felt as elusive as these animals. In this Lapland village, they make a hard yellow cheese dotted with tiny holes called Västerbottensost.
Short Stories Free Audio Sort by Titles Per Page 1 - 10 of 343 Titles Sweden elections: How do they work? National, regional, and local elections are taking place in Sweden on September 14th. Whether you're a first-time voter or a fresh armchair observer, The Local's beginners' guide will answer the key questions you were too afraid to ask. Why is Sweden holding elections now? 20 signs you've been in Sweden too long 1. You say bra, fart, and slut without dropping your poker face. The hilarity of the Swedish language never gets old, but with practice, I’m able to suppress that nose-snorting laugh when childish humor strikes.
English Listening Online Views: Biking in Cambodia Julia talks about cycing from Cambodia to Vietnam with her friends (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). Mixers : Bad Hair Cut Six people talk about getting a bad haircut. Plus, be sure to check out all the re-edited mixers with new activities 1-25, 26-50, 51-75, 76-100. E-waste, recycling, and sustainability - Geography (9,10) - ABC Splash - A TV monitor lies amongst electronic trash. Playing on it are images of recycling trash being picked up by truck and sorted and processed in plants.TANYA HA, REPORTERRight now, you are watching trashy television and I mean that in the nicest possible way. But the way we sort the stuff we want from the stuff we don't all boils down to some beautiful simple physics in action, starting with size and weight.Rubbish passes over a vibrating conveyer belt, some of it falling off.TANYA HAThis incline of vibrating, spinning rubber discs acts like a giant sieve. The lightweight paper and cardboard moves up, heavier, more compact bottles and cans move down.Tanya Ha lowers a textbook. She stands before a white board with algebraic expressions written over it.TANYA HAIf you were paying attention in high school physics you'll know that some metals and their alloys, like iron and steel, are innately magnetic.
Listening 5 minutes Listening Lessons Dogs, Dogs, Dogs - Idioms and phrases using the word 'Dog'. Get the phone! Behind the News Weekdays: 02/06/2017 watch BTN Investigates Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained?Add Question Welcome Book Gallery Over 12,000 kids have sent in their message to refugees.View Kind Classrooms We challenged schools across the country to show a little kindness to their local community.View the gallery