Update: Duolingo offers Scandinavian language courses

Good news! Duolingo, the popular site featuring online language courses for English speakers, has added some Scandinavian languages to its roster of courses.

Now you can learn Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Hopefully they’ll add Finnish soon.

Give it a try here: https://www.duolingo.com/


Please come to the SNCA Elections TONIGHT! March 13, 2014

We need YOU!

In 2003, I (Ingrid) and some fellow UBC students started the Scandinavian and Nordic cultural Association (SNCA). In 2004, we produced our first annual Lucia Celebration with the generous support of the CENES department thanks to the encouragement of the then department chair, Peter Stenberg.

The club did very well over the years. We participated in events like Dragon Boat races, Storm the Wall, friendly Kubb competitions, regular “fika” get togethers, etc. Friendships were formed that continue to this day. In fact, it’s thanks to SNCA that two of our members met and eventually married! 🙂

But, over the past couple of years, interest in the club has declined. It’s sad to see, considering the amount of work so many volunteers put into it over the years.

Tonight there will be informal elections for the new exec at the Wolf and Hound, Dunbar & West Broadway https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Wolf+%26+Hound+Restraurant/@49.2644249,-123.1840477,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x548672ff95fbd70d:0x265b7f3edffaf728

All that’s needed to keep the club going are a President and a Treasurer! Please volunteer!

If there’s no new executive, the club will have to fold.

Calling all UBC students and anyone who knows UBC students who are interested in anything Scandinavian! Please drop by the Wolf and Hound tonight at 7:30pm and join our executive.

I’ve asked the current exec to put something distinctive on the table so people who don’t know them can find them. Hopefully they’ll do that. Otherwise, we’ll just have to go from table to table and ask!

7:30PM. Wolf and Hound!

Keep SNCA going at least one more year!


Lucia video for Svenska Institutet, Stockholm

Svenska Institutet in Stockholm (Swedish Institute) supports & promotes Swedish language in universities around the world, among other things. They contacted the Swedish lecturer at UBC, Lena Karlström, about a short YouTube video they intend to make about Lucia celebrations around the world, asking her if we’d be interested in submitting a short video of our Lucia. Naturally we were!

This is the video we submitted which includes footage and photographs of UBC’s campus. It’s different than the one we posted earlier, and is less than 3 minutes long.

Enjoy the video!

How do you say “Merry Christmas”

Scandinavia and the Nordic countries have several languages. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Sami, Icelandic, Faroese, and Greenlandic? Maybe it doesn’t really mean “Christmas” directly, but has earlier, pagan meaning.

Please share what you know of the happy greeting you say to people at this cozy time of year!

God Jul! 😉