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Jag är lite stolt över mig... and I thank Duolingo

I have just had my very first telephone conversation (albeit a fairly short one) COMPLETELY in Swedish!

Delivery guy called wanting to know if I was home and could he deliver my parcel earlier than planned. For the first time, I didn't resort to saying "Sorry can you speak English" or "Sorry my Swedish is not good".

I also went to the bakery on "Semla Day" and not only bought cakes, but asked if certain ones were gluten free, and what flavours they were... all in Swedish!

This may not sound like much, but for me... having been living in Sweden for almost 5 years and struggling so much with the language... it feels like a major step forward.

I've tried numerous online courses before, but they have either had very little in the way of explanations (so I don't understand WHY I got something wrong), or they had a frustratingly high amount of mistakes (which kinda makes it hard to learn).

I think the one thing that makes Duolingo stand out from the rest (apart from the excellent course creators and moderators) is the ability to discuss every single sentence. This goes a long way to understanding the language.

So, from the bottom of my heart..... THANK YOU to the Swedish course creators, moderators, and everyone who gives such helpful comments/explanations in the discussion pages.

February 12, 2016



Grattis! It sounds like you picked a good day to go to the bakery. :-) Hardly anything is as tasty a reward as a good semla!

(To avoid any future gastronomic disappointments, should you travel east some day: In Finland, the word semla in Swedish means a roll, what I think is generally called en fralla in Sweden. So we eat them all year round, but they are nothing like en fastlagsbulle, which is the Swedish word in Finland for the thing you ate this week.)


Unfortunately, I haven't yet found gluten free semlor (I've made them myself in the past)... but I did find the next best thing - semla flavoured macaroons!

I'm hoping to visit both Finland and Norway at some point, so I'll keep that in mind, thank you.


Oooh, semla flavoured macaroons sounds lovely!

We're not that far advanced in fastlagsbulle trends here -- we only just got Nutella flavoured ones this year, which have apparently been a big hit in Sweden already for at least one season.

But I can confirm that gluten free ones exist, and can be bought from a centrally located department store in Helsinki, so keep that in mind when you plan your travels... ;-) (I don't know about Sweden, but here you used to be able to buy them only the actual week before the fast (which we haven't observed as a society since reformation, we've just kept the semlor and the Easter chocolate), but now you can buy them much earlier, but not much later than Fat Tuesday.)


Great tip! Thank you!

Hehe.... it's not just languages we learn about here! :)


Actually, I have a question for you regarding semlor (I can't seem to let this topic go -- maybe I should have had more than 1 1/2 of them this season):

Here in Finland, they are normally made either with mandelmassa (almond paste) or with jam, in addition to the obligatory whipped cream. They are usually eaten just like any bulle, not with hot milk in a bowl, which I've understood is or was the tradition in Sweden. I think both the mandelmassa and the jam version are approximately equally common, and any self-respecting establishment offers both versions. People tend to be very much in favour of one above the other, and it often leads to good-humoured little quarrels. A little like the pro- and con-Marmite camps in the UK.

Is this the same in Sweden?

Greetings from a mandelmassa & Marmite lover (not together, though).


To be honest, my knowledge/experience of semlor is quite limited.

I've never seen or heard of them with jam... According to my (Swedish) husband, if they don't have mandelmassa and cream then they are not a semla. :)

I have seen them with different flavoured cream.... and I have heard of (but not actually seen) them being made with a wrap instead of a bulle. These are the only varieties I know of (at least, so far)

As far as I can tell (from google), the hot milk in a bowl is an old tradition that some people still keep, but it doesn't seem to be common.

Oh, and on Marmite? My personal opinion is that those who don't like it are probably eating it wrong!! If you ever get the chance to try Marmite chocolate, I would recommend it. It sounds very strange, but is amazingly good!


That is great to hear. :)

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Good for you and I know exactly the feeling! I came home today and told my husband that I talked to the butcher about about the jar of kvitten marmalade (or whatever it was), that I know it well, we had it at our house in Sweden.

Kvitten: quince in English, membrillo en español

Small steps! And every step feels wonderful!

Lycka till i kylan! Men Sverige är ändå underbart!


It's a great feeling, isn't it!

I'm sure there will come a day when I don't feel the urge to do a little victory dance every time I talk to someone.... but for now, I'll enjoy the feeling! :)


What a nice post! (:

I like Swedish a lot and I find it very interesting, thanks for sharing your experiences! They are inspiring and pleasant to read! (:


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