On your marks, get ready GO! Right now, people from all over the world are tuning in to the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo to watch their favorite elite athletes. Regardless of the broadcast language you are listening to, The Olympic Games or YOUR In short, it is a great opportunity to grow your Swedish. Learn the names of the competition in Swedish, follow the journey of an elite athlete or broadcast an event in Swedish. Below, I’ll cover 7 concrete ways to practice Swedish while watching the Olympics.
1. Learn the names of Olympic events in Swedish
We often learn action verbs to describe sporting activities, but the nouns for Olympic events are different. For example, the verb to swim is to swim. But the noun is swimming, the word we would use to describe Olympic Swimming events. The following list covers all the events the Swedes are competing in this year:
Brottning → Fight
Friidrott → Track and field
Walking → Walking in a race
Canoe → Canoe
Swimming → Swimming
Shot → Shot
Candle → Candle
Table tennis → Table tennis
Equestrian → Equestrian
Fotboll → Soccer (or Soccer, depending on who you ask 😉)
Handball → Handball
2. Follow Swedish athletes on social media
The Swedes are an active group that do quite well in the Summer olympic games. These athletes and teams are worth following below!
🏊🏻♀️ Sarah Sjöstöm (English-speaking announcers pronounce her last name as “shoy-strom”) is an Olympic medalist in swimming, and this year she competes in various events. He has a great Instagram account, writing in English and Swedish: @sarahsjostrom
🏃🏽♂️ Armando “Mondo” Duplantis is an American-born Swedish pole vaulter and a favorite to win the gold medal. Compete on Saturday, July 31.
🤾 Both men and women compete in handball. Most popular among European countries, this seven-person sport has earned Sweden quite a few medals. Follow the shared account for the Swedish men’s and women’s handball teams here..
⚽ The Swedish women’s soccer team did very well in group play, knocking the Americans down with a 3-0 victory in their debut match of play OS. Read the article: Sweden won their group to learn more about the momentum behind this team.
…exist 85 Swedish athletes in total competing in various events, you will surely find someone that interests you.
3. Broadcast an event in Swedish
This one is obvious, right? There are many radio and television options for broadcasting the Olympics, but depending on where you are located, you may need to do some research to gain access to streaming content in Swedish. Swedish radio it will feature clips and reports from various Olympic stories. Discovery + is the official streaming partner of TV5 and TV9 in Sweden, so you can access the Swedish broadcast through your Discovery + account. SVT is also broadcasting events, but they can only be viewed if you are in Sweden.
4. Recap any Olympic event using Swedish
Watch an event, take some notes, and imagine ending the results again with a friend. Do you know the past tense versions of each verb involved in your story? Are there a couple of technical terms you need to learn first? In that case, you would appreciate the following advice.
5. Learn technical sports vocabulary in Swedish
Focus on your favorite Olympic event, perhaps one that you know a lot about. Now could you talk about the scoring system, the tactics involved, or describe the techniques? This could get complicated quickly, so start simple. For example, if you like to watch swimming events, learn the Swedish names for each swimming style:
breaststroke → breaststroke
butterfly → butterfly
reverse → back
6. Learn the names and languages of the Olympic countries
This is a FANTASTIC opportunity to update the country names and their corresponding languages in Swedish. Find a list of Olympics medal winner (medalists) and travels through the countries represented. Can you say them all in Swedish? What languages do these winners speak?
7. Read the headlines from the Olympic Games in Sweden
Ok Friends, what Olympic events will you watch to practice your Swedish? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below! 👇