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Glad Påsk everybody! This video lesson is sure to give you just the vocabulary you will need over the Easter holidays. Listen to the video and try and repeat directly after each phrase. You will then hear it one more time a little bit slower. Happy learning!

Glad PÅSK!

Happy Easter

A phrase you’ll hear all around you during Easter time in Sweden.

SKÄRSTORSDAG

HOLY THURSDAY

This roughly translates to Cutting Thursday ( att skärato cut ) as is was customary to shave ones beard on this day. This is the start of Easter and many Swede’s will treat this as a Friday as most businesses close down the following day.    

LÅNGFREDAG

GOOD FRIDAY

This translates to Long Friday but refers to Good Friday.

PÅSKAFTON

Easter EVE

Easter Saturday is referred to as Easter Eve in Swedish – much like Christmas Eve; Julafton. Afton – Eve

PÅSKDAGEN

EASTER SUNDAY

Easter Sunday – this is the main day of Easter and many Swede’s will celebrate with  påskmiddageaster dinner

ANNANDAG PÅSK

EASTER MONDAY

Annandag Påsk translates to another day of Easter.

Påskhare

Easter Bunny

When refering to the Easter Bunny in Swedish, we used the word hare (hare) instead of kanin (rabbit).  

CHOKLADKANIN

CHOCOLATE BUNNY

 It wouldn’t be Easter without a few of these!

CHOKLADÄGG

CHOCOLATE EGG

Not as common in Sweden as in other parts of the world are chocolate eggs. Swede’s prefer to pick out there own godis and place them inside a cardboard egg!

PÅSKmust

EASTER MUST

Spelt the same in English as in Swedish, Must refers to the ‘not yet fermented juice of fruits or berries‘ – though neither påskmust nor julmust contain this! Must was invented by Harry Roberts & his father Robert Roberts from Örebro in 1910. 

PÅSKris

EASTER TWIGS

You are sure to see plenty of these all over Swedish cities & towns over Easter. These are birch twigs decorated with colourful feathers.

PÅSKliljor

DAFFODILS

What we know as Daffodils in English are referred to as Påskliljor all year round.
påskliljordaffodils.
en påskliljaa daffodil.

NYCKELPIGA

LADYBIRD

Another beautiful word – Ladybird translates to keymaid.
nyckel
key 
pigamaid

ATT LETA EFTER ÄGG

TO LOOK FOR EGGS

As ägg is an ett word, it remains the same for both singular and plural.
ett äggan egg
många äggmany eggs

ATT MÅLA ÄGG

TO PAINT EGGS

This is a very popular activity for both kids & adults here in Sweden.

PÅSKKÄRRING

EASTER HAG

In old Swedish folklore it was believed witches (or hags) would fly to Blåkulla on skärtorsdag. Children still dress up and go door-to-door much like trick or treat at Halloween.

BLÅKULLA

BLUE HILL

This is where the påskkärring were said to have flown to. 
kärringhag – (easter)
häxawitch – (halloween)

Well that’s it for this lesson. If you have heard any of these words used over Easter be sure to let us know in the comments. 

Hej då! Ha en fantastiskt påsk!

 

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