My Grandmother Brita has taught me some lovely Swedish songs, games and rhymes. I think back of these precious moments with a big smile on my face. Its fascinating how the lyrics are still stored deep within my brain…

I especially enjoy the tongue twisters, and to try to say them faster and faster…. My kids also love these, and its such a fun way to practice Swedish during the day, on the way to school for example.

So here is a little collection of my favorite ones and an English translation alongside. Enjoy!


Sju skönsjungande sjuksköterskor skötte sjuttiosju sjösjuka sjömän på skeppet “Shanghai”.

 Seven beautifully, singing nurses took care of seven sea-sick seamen on the ship “Shanghai”


Packa pappas kappsäck med åtta pepparkorn.

Pack Daddy’s luggage with eight peppercorns


Flyg, fula fluga, flyg, ! Och den fula flugan flög.

Fly, ugly fly, fly! And the ugly fly flew


Farfar, får får får?
Nej, får får inte får, får får lamm.

Grandfather, do sheep have sheep? No sheep don’t have sheep, sheep have lambs. 


Sex laxar i en laxask

Six salmons in a salmon box