Olsjor´s Blog

Blog 1- introduction



I’m Jörgen from Sweden. I’m 53 years old and I work with manufacturing. In my free time I play table tennis and studying English.

I’m learning English to challenge myself. During my school time I wasn’t able to gain enough knowledge to become fluent, but maybe it’s time now? Better late than never… A positive side effect of learning English is that you meet people from different countries around the world and learn about their cultures, and oftentimes become friends with them.




April, 5

The flower of Easter is called daffodils (or Narcissus). My eyes has gotten strained because I hav spent too much time in front of the computer screen. Also I have got tension headache. My stiff neck may have elicited the tension headache.


April, 4 (2021)

I have just made a recording for a speaking challenge. The topic was dancing. I am celebrating Easter by eating lots of chocolate and other sweet things. I commit to do the read & record asssignment each week. A compelling reason to do this is that I polish or hone my pronunciation skills.

Nov, 11

I have now reached to chapter 4 of Harry Potter’s “The Prisoner of Azkaban”.


Sept, 14

I have just watched the class recording of “The Prisoner of Azkaban”,Harry Potter chapter one. It was informative about the characters and about some strange things happened. I can’t find the movie clip, though (it’s not on the padlet).



July, 20

First day at work after my ended vacation (back to the salt mines). Felt tiresome. I was folding all day long, but I made it. The working environment was very varm.



June, 28

Did some vocabulary practice, reading and Duolingo. I also reviewed my notebook. I found many interesting things to look deeper into, and also many vocabulary words to learn. I consider help as a tourist guide for free. Would be a good practice? I don’t feel prepared because I haven’t made any research.


April, 17

Today, I listened to lots of good contents. Among this, some of T Lee’s scenario’s and Harry Potter on Audible.




April 15


cord, extension cord

outlet. put a plug in the outlet.

turn on the light

light fixture



Jan 23,

I was reading an informative letter from a penpal. I was going to the gym. I was warming up by cycling. Then, I went down the stairs to try out the machines. And before I went home I did some running on the treadmill.





pensive (A penny for your thoughts) =thoughtful

proactive= makes things happen. “The company is looking for a proactive sales manager.”



commitment= a promise or firm decision to do something. Åta sig att göra= ta på sig, förbinda sig, lova)


computer.  a curved screen/monitor, interface, mouse, mousepad, wrist rest,





scheme= make a plan

deceive= fool somebody; mislead. Cause someone to believe sth that is not true

devise=think up, invent a plan, a thing etc


-“move down inside the bus”= go further back in the bus




flipping case/cover= a “purse” for your mobile

fluctuate (to shift back and forth uncertainly. variera, gå upp och ned. a continuous change of something, the weather for example.

grandiosity (characterised by excessive self-importance or affected grandeur; pompous. The normal realistic proportions are reversed.

stand=Retail Cardboard Floor Display Stand

corrugated paper= thick paper. the top layer is alternately grooved and ridged.

stall= a compartment/”booth” at a market for selling goods or food

 (Cereal boxes  are usually made of cardboard)

After punching, one must clear away the waste (spill, skräp, material that is not wanted). Then a stitching machine (stapler), put the four sides together, using staples.

miserable- feeling miserable due to grey weather outside.



infer=understand from, deduce (dra en slutsats). “What can we infer from the last paragraph?”


prompt=give rise to, cause, arouse, set in motion, switch on.v. 1. give an incentive (motivation- motivates on to do sth, encouragement for action 2. serve as the inciting cause of

ex: “But during any Biden speech, there might be a dozen moments to make press handlers cringe, and prompt reporters to turn to each other with amusement and confusion.”

2 “I’m looking forward to a prompt reply.”= a quick answer

table tennis: bat. You hit the ball with a bat. You play against an opponent.


travelator or “people mover” A conveyor belt that makes you go very fast (at some big airports)

walkway=a passage at an airport for example

jetway=an enclosed passage for boarding/deboarding a plane

domestic= hem,inrikes. Antonyms: National, International.

“This week’s broadcast features (presents= presenterar) a report on victims of domestic violence.” Våld i hemmet. “A French policeman shot three people dead on a street near Paris in an apparent domestic dispute, before killing himself, media reports say.”


notebook. (A notebook) Holds many papers on which you can make notes.

offense= violation (kränkning), insult, attack, crime, wrongdoing and lapse (förseelse)



resilience= recover quickly from difficulties (not only human injuries, but also for example institutions.  elasticity [i.la’stisitee]. (spring back into shape)



staycation= hemester. A vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

taciturn (adj.) silent; not talkative (“By nature, Sheila is a taciturn woman who keeps her thoughts to herself.”)

toss and turn= to move about and turn over in bed because you are unable to sleep. “Yesterday I was unable to sleep. I was tossing and turning, before I finally could fall asleep.



unravel= [ən’ravəl] fix, clear up, figure out, puzzle out, solve, untangle =(reda ut)etc. (Investigate and solve or explain (something complicated or puzzling) To learn more and more as time goes by. (Comparison: pulling a loose thread from a sweater)


frame= bild, bildruta. A picture or photograph in a frame=ram, border)

screen=bildskärm. broadcasting (moving) pictures, gives information

pane=a box on a website


entry= entré, göra entré; post; göra ett inlägg, post (i en dagbok, FB tex)
ex 2 “Write a post on FB”

The burglars gained entry by a top window.=tog sig in genom, fick tillträde

reportedly= enligt uppgift. “was reportedly attacked” someone have got information, but haven’t seen it with one’s own eyes. (so maybe it’s not true)





skills= knowledge, ability. experienced, familiar, acquainted, proficient, expert, master.


a surge= a sudden rise (movement upward or forward). “Tokyo issues stay-at-home order as coronavirus cases surge.”

vast =extremely big. vidsträckt. You can’t see/trouble seeing all of it without turning your head.



wary=vigilant, careful. Not take any risks, be on your guard, take precautions. “In times of coronavirus, we need to be wary.”[we(e)re:]


Where are the restrooms? (rooms with a toilet (a piece of hardware). Bathroom, lavatory on airplane. (Washroom in Canada)


What does this mean? (How to properly asking questions)



Phrasal verbs:

to take on=to engage into, to take care of Ex: “To take on the competition” to put out effort on the competition

fill out= to write down information in a form

put off. I usually putt of going to bed because I have so much good English content to study.


Linking verbs-use “to be” when asking a question. ex Are you feeling sick?

action verb- use “to do” when asking a question. ex Does she play a guitar?

My Hometown-what you can do as a tourist!

It hosts an old castle, that was built from 1549-1559.

It has a small picturesque Island, called “Ven”.

It offers good opportunities for swimming and sunbathing, when/as it’s situated on the coast.

In the summer we hold/arrange for a carnival.

Here are well developed bike paths.lanes

We also have the most frequent number of vacation cottages/summer houses per inhabitants in the whole country.










  1. I’m glad to see you here, Jorgen.  You can learn much here if you spend some time reading and participating.  smile
    Join our Telegram chat group for real-time interactions.
    Every Saturday or Sunday we have a TED Talk discussion.  We have a book club and a movie club that meet weekly as well.  All offer opportunities to speak and listen.

    1. Thank you very much Vasanth! You are writing English very well, indeed! I also wanna know more about your country, and you, of course. My intention is to write posts. You learn very much from corrections!
      And thank you for welcoming me!

  2. My alarm clock rings at 5:15 am, but I usually snooze one or two times before I get up. First, I go to my calendar and move the “pointer” one step forward, to the actual date (or to today’s date). Then I shave me and washing my hair, which and refreshes me. Then I put my clothes on, and make (1) making the bed.

    Now I´m ready for making to make my breakfast. I cook oatmeal in the microwave oven. After that I grab a spoon and stir it the oatmeal, (3) so that the heat is distributed equally. Now Then I am making make (1) my sandwiches (usually two slices), one with cheese and one with ham (or sausage). And at last I pour one glass of orange juice.  

    Then, I am going and/to? get take (1) my mobile phone on from (2) its charging station, so I can read the news briefly, (4) during my meal. I use to usually sit (1) for (5) around 25 minutes. Then I do the washes (dishes?  Or wash the laundry?), grab my meal for lunch at work, leave for work at 6:40 am, and start working at 7:00 am.


    1. Keep all verb tenses consistent (simple present).

    2. We take something from a location.

    3. grab a spoon and stir it (it = spoon)

    4. read the news for a few minutes (sounds better)

    5. to sit around (around goes with sit) / to sit for 25 minutes => to sit for around 25 minutes (around goes with 25)

  3. Sweden

    What do you know about Sweden? If there is anything you would like to know, I can probably give you an answer!  Sweden is a part of Scandinavia.  Geographically, Scandinavia includes: Sweden, Norway, and northwest North West of Finland, but culturally, it includes Sweden, Norway, and Denmark!  Have you heard about ABBA, Ikea, and Swedish meatballs?

    My Hometown  What you can do as a tourist!

    It hosts an old castle that was built from 1549 to 1559.  It has have a small picturesque island called “Ven”. It´s picturesque.  It has/offers good opportunities for sunbathing when/as it’s situated on the coast. (as/for = because)  In the summer we hold (or arrange for) a carnival.

    (Learn to write in themed paragraphs versus instead of writing one sentence per line.)

    Week 17

    This week I have had a pain in my back, the lame (?).  Sometimes when doing repetitive lifting many times in a wearing(?) position, it happens to me. And at the same time, I spend too much time in front of my computer and too little time exercising.

    I must start reviewing to review all my stuff. I just cant learn new things every day.  I want the new vocabulary, the phrasal verbs, etc, to become a part of me!  It seems like a timeconsuming task.

    Week 18

    On Saturday  I went to Copenhagen, the Capital of Denmark.  I hadnt been there for a long time (in my terms). The weather was perfect perfectly this day and for this kind of trip.  Our public transportation train company has produced a new app.  (This made my trip to Malmoe much cheaper.) When I arrived in to Copenhagen, I changed my money to Danish money. I should have done it in Sweden though, because bc there was a fee of 45DKR…

    Well, I visited the tourist information at the central station to ask , for asking about renting a bike. I decided to rent a bike. It turned out to be a complicated/arduous/involved/tedious voluminous process operation! The bike had a touch screen, and the first thing you did was to select the language. Then I filled in my personal information and selected a password. The last thing I did was to enter my credit card information. When I started to pedal/ride, tread I became was surprised. I had to get help got helped. It was partly half electrically driven!  Nice!  

    I started my trip to “Nyhavn”. When I had reached it, I locked my bike and sat down on the Quayside (?) and ate eat my the sandwiches I had brought. After this, I headed to “Nörrebro” (another district).  All of a sudden, I recognized a street I had been on at before.  Actually, its quite exciting to ride around aimlessly. On my way here, I passed a canal.  During that time, the view was very wide and nice. After two hours of bicycling, I decided to go back to my starting point and dock my bike. After this I traveled home happy with my day!  


    1. For the apostrophe, use the single quote mark on the same key as the double-quote.
    2. Learn the rules for when to use a comma.  You used them when you shouldn’t have and didn’t use them when you should have.
    3. Headings should always be at least two points larger than the normal text to make them stand out as headings.
    4. Green text was relocated to a more appropriate place.  Generally, long adverb phrases should go at the beginning or the end of a sentence, not in the middle.
    5. Some third person singular verb errors (has/have).
    6. Some adjective/adverb confusion (culturally, perfect).  Review the differences.
    7. We arrive IN a city/country or AT a location/address/building.  (never “arrive to”)
    8. In a series (A, B, and C), use a comma after the “B” in all cases.
    9. Never use “bc” in a sentence.  It has no meaning in English.
  4. For your Week 17 and 18 corrections:

    1. When I arrived in Copenhagen, I changed my money (add comma after introductory clauses).

    2. at the central station to ask about renting a bike. (delete two commas)

    3. I filled in my personal information and selected a password. (both past actions so need same tenses)

  5. The Tennis Weeks in Båstad

    Here are two pictures from Båstad in Sweden. Every year they arrange a tennis tournament in July. It’s commonly known as “the week of Tennis”, (1) but, since the women’s tournament in recent years has been able to attract some higher ranked players, and more spectators than before, people now are talking about “the weeks of Tennis”. In the picture below you can see flags from different countries. In the middle there are is a Spanish flag and a Russian flag. These represent the players being on the center court (2), to playing a match against each other. Behind the grandstand you can see a glimpse of the sea. You can watch people water skiing and jet skiing if you have a seat in, (2) some of the upper rows. (Like where I sat when I took this picture.)

    Downhill skiing in the middle of the summer? Yes!

    Have you ever heard of Ingemar Stenmark? He’s one of Sweden’s greatest  sportsmen (3) of all time. He was here just before I got here, (2) and performed together with some other famous sportsmen. I just missed it. Damn! Darn! (4)

    In Båstad, (2) in the summer, there’s a lot of luxury cars: Sports cars, limousines, hummers and others. There are also luxury boats, like yachts, e.g. etc. (5)

    I was also seeing (6) a “beach boogie” car, (2) for hiring. Every year, there’s a party with lots of invited celebrities. I can assure you that a bottle of champagne here, (2) isn’t cheap…

    As you can see in this picture, parts of the village are is located on a ridge. (The trains that bring you here, (2) passes through its tunnels.)

    In On this picture you can see a yacht [yät]. There are two kinds of them, sailing boats and power boats. This one, (2) (I think), (2) (7) is a sailing vessel. It’s for recreational purposes. These boats were originally used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors around.

    This is the stadium “square”. Here you can, for example, get yourself a cup of coffee, (2) and a cinnamon bun. Some may have a cold “Brooklyn beer”. Here are also some small shops. In the background you can see the poles looming in the marina.


    1. Try to avoid beginning a sentence with “and” and “but”.  These are supposed to join two things, so the left side should not be missing.
    2. Delete comma.
    3. “of all time” = throughout history and up to now
    4. Avoid vulgarity when you can in a public writing setting.
    5. We never put “e.g.” at the end of a sentence — only at the start of a parenthetical (e.g., planes, cars, and trains).
    6. “I was seeing”?  What is your meaning here?  Were you “looking into” hiring one? (investigating, researching, thinking about)
    7. If we used parentheses to set something apart, we don’t need to use commas to do it also.  Use one or the other but not both.

    There are very specific rules that require using commas.  If you cannot state a rule immediately, then do NOT use a comma.  Here are some common simple rules:

    1.  In a series:  A, B, and C.  (always put the commas after B — this is called the “Oxford” comma — I always use this rule)
    2. After an introductory phrase or clause of four words or more (my rule).   [Dependent clause or a phrase], [independent clause]
    3. Before a FANBOYS conjunction that joins two independent clauses.    [independent clause], and [independent clause]
    4. Do NOT put a comma between two nouns (John and Bob, cats and dogs), between verbs (he looked and sat; she stood and left).

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