lördag 30 juni 2012

Swedish for Existentialist - Lesson 9

Nåt måste man göra med sitt liv.


IPA - nɔt mɔstɛ mɑn jøːrɑ meː sɪt liːv


You gotta do something with your life.




Painting, (Handarbetande kvinna) (Woman at Needlecraft) by the Swede, Kilian Zoll



fredag 18 maj 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 8


När glädjen är i stugan, står sorgen i förstugan.


IPA - næːr 'glæːdjɛn æːr iː 'stʉːgɑn stoːr 'soːrjɛn iː 'føːrstʉːgɑn.


When happiness is in the house, sorrow waits on the doorstep.




Painting, Brudepynting (Adorning the Bride) by the Norwegian Adolph Tidemand, 1870



torsdag 5 april 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 7



Det ordnar sig nog.


IPA - deː 'oːrdnar sɛj nuːg


Things will sort themselves out.





(And they do. Although he's been hacked up and thrown into the river, the warrior's mother sews him back together. Then with the help of a bumblebee bearing holy honey from the Thunder God, Ukko, he is brought back to life.)


Painting: Lemminkainens Mother (1897, motif from the Kalevala) by the Finn, Akseli Gallen-Kallela



lördag 18 februari 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 6



Jag önskar att jag inte fanns!


IPA - jɑː œnskar at jɑː ɪntɛ fans


I wish I didn't exist!



lördag 11 februari 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 5


Livet är underbart!


IPA - 'liːvɛt ɛːr 'ɵndɛr'bɑːrt


Life is wonderful!


Painting: Livet och döden by the Swede, Ivar Arosenius.



fredag 10 februari 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 4


Today I'll teach you two sayings. In the next few days I'll follow up on the thread with a third. Until then:


1. Det här är alltså mitt liv.
IPA - dɛ hɛːr eː 'alsoː mɪt li:v


So this is my life.


2. Så det är så här livet ser ut.
IPA - So: deː eː so: hɛːr li:vɛt se:r ʉːt.


Literally: So this is what life looks like.


Or as one is more likely to say: So this is life. Or: So this is what life is.




Painting: Aften. Den gamle kone og døden (1887), by the Dane, Laurits Andersen Ring.



fredag 3 februari 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 3


Jag har vänt på dygnet.


IPA - jɑːg hɑːr vɛnt po: dʏŋnɛt




Literally: I've turned my day upside-down.


Or: My sleeping schedule is all messed up.


Similar, but not at all ecwivalent in meaning, to English's "I sleep all day and stay up all night."



fredag 27 januari 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 2




Jag har panikångest.

IPA - jɑː hɑːr pan'iːk'åŋɛst

I'm having a panic attack.







torsdag 19 januari 2012

Swedish for Existentialists - Lesson 1

In these lessons, Swedish for Existentialists, I'll teach you how to utter your inner gloom with everyday Swedish sayings. Keep an eye out for more.

Lesson 1


Ibland blir man trött på sig själv.


IPA - iːblɑnd bliːr man trœt po: sɛj ɧɛlv


Sometimes you get tired of yourself.