Hejsan! This is a very common Swedish greeting, pronounced “hey-sun”. It's your bonus word for the day. I had positive comments on yesterday's bonus word, so I think I'll throw some more in from time to time.
Today you're getting more than one postcard. I just couldn't send just one...but the catch is you have to endure the next paragraph of phonics.
Today's lesson is on Sweden's most famous souvenir – the Dala Häst. As you can see, we've encountered our first special vowel, as I explained we would in our lesson on A. The pronunciation is “do(g) + la” “h +(j)est”. That looks confusing, but let me also teach you my method of showing you pronunciation. When I put a letter in parentheses, don't say it. In other words, what we have is dog, but take of the g, so just do+la. The la is as in “lalalalalala” I'm not listening. So you get dola. As for häst, it's just like the word jest, only with an h in front instead of the j.
I know what you're thinking. “Why doesn't she just record herself saying these words???” I tried. All the instructions were horribly complicated and I frankly just don't have time to figure it out. If you know how, PLEASE email me, or leave the info in the comment.
These hästar (that's the plural) are made in only one place in Sweden, in the tiny town of Nusnäs, in the region called Dalarna.
This is not me, and that's not my Grandma, but there is a picture like this of us in some album somewhere, but I couldn't find it. These artisans work hard at their craft, and each horse is hand painted.
Last, but not least, here are mine. The doll and her story is for another postcard.