a packing guide for fall in stockholm

I've been in Stockholm for nearly 2 months, and in these 2 months I've had highs of 80º and lows of 30º (Fahrenheit, of course — I still can't grasp Celsius). Packing for a week's vacation is hard, let alone a 4 month super-vacation spanning 3 partial seasons and including mini weekend trips to the… Continue reading a packing guide for fall in stockholm

lagom, adv. & adj.

Heard: In Swedish class and at home, in the discussion of Swedish-ness and Swedish cutlure. Lagom has no synonymous definition in the English language, but it means just right or just the right amount. It's really quite a bit of a cultural thing, applying to the work-life balance, or the repression of those things that… Continue reading lagom, adv. & adj.

nu, adv.

Seen: All over the place. Ads in the subway, ads in the street, newspaper ads – mostly in ads, yes, but nonetheless I see it everywhere, and hear it in just about every conversation I eavesdrop. (Is it eavesdropping if you can’t understand what the people are saying?) Nu means ‘now,’ and sounds something like… Continue reading nu, adv.

about me

Hello there, reader, and a special welcome to my first blog post (ever!). I’m Gina (hi!), a Boston College English major newly interested in linguistics and the way our smart little brains interpret the words we read phonologically, semantically, and, most importantly to this blog here, contextually. I’m here to write about my upcoming semester… Continue reading about me

museet, n.

Seen: Written in a perfectly apt updated Brush Script on the side of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art. Today was our technical first day of classes, beginning with a telecom academic orientation at KMH, and then splitting into our respective Core Courses to go on our first official Field Studies. I’m in… Continue reading museet, n.

tack, phr. and n.

Heard: In an airport lounge area, soon after the post-arrival check-in with DIS, while waiting for my host family to arrive. Myself and one (wonderfully friendly) DIS peer began a conversation with a sweet Canadian college student who was preparing to go to her own, different Swedish abroad program for the semester. She said “tack”… Continue reading tack, phr. and n.