If you are not interested in reading about snow and winter, scroll down, for a quick lesson about the verbs “går” and “åker”.
In the dark and cold winter Sweden, it may be uplifting to hear some good things about snow. Well, here you go!
- Snow is dryer than rain. Snö är torrare än regn.
- Snow is white – it lights up the dark hours (which are many!). Snö gör vintermörkret lite ljusare.
- Snow shoveling gives you free exercise. Snö ger dig gratis motion.
- Snow makes you laugh. It’s hard not to, when racing down a hill on a sled. Snö får dig att skratta, när du far nerför en backe på en pulka.
- Snow makes you want to try activities you’ve never dreamed of: downhill skiing, skating, cross country skiing, hiking with skis (gå på tur), Nordic skating, snowball fights, snow angel creations, making snow lantern and many more!
Enjoy snow! Winter is short, so look at it from the bright side.
Some Swedish phrases in the winter:
åka pulka, åka skidor, åka längd, åka skridskor, åka slalom, åka snöskoter
göra snöänglar, kasta snöboll, bygga snölyktor
Now your lesson: Åka och gå
Att åka = to go
Att gå = to go (or to walk)
What’s the difference?
The easiest explanation is that we use “gå” when we use our feet. Therefore we cannot say this sentence “Jag ska gå till Sverige.” We must say: “Jag ska åka till Sverige.”
When we use some kind of transportation, we are therefore not using “går” but “åker“:
Vi åker buss. Vi åker tåg. Vi åker bil. Vi åker kollektivtrafik. Vi åker motorcykel. Vi åker moped. And you see all the winter activities with some kind of help of transportation above: skates, skis, sleds…
Now that was the easy part. The verb “går” is however also used in a more general way than only when using our legs. We have quite a few standard phrases where we use “går”:
Vi går på bio. Vi går på restaurang. Vi går på teater. Vi går i skolan. (Meaning that we are students in school. This is not the same as “Vi går till skolan”, which is describing the way we get to school.)
The winter subject is also described in this YouTube video.
This, among many other grammar and language explanations, is also covered in the 8 hours of lessons, if you are curious about knowing more.