Today's word is personal to me, because I used to be a teacher. Our word is undervisa which means to teach.
I discussed this with The Swede, and we came to the conclusion that there is no similar sound to be found in English for the “u” at the beginning of the word. He's not only a Swede, he's a linguist by degree and speaks at last count 9 languages, so when he says there's no similar word, I will believe him. The rest of the word is, as you might guess, pronounced exactly as if you were saying under (as in there is something on top) and Visa, which is a credit card. I guess you must have left your receipt undervisa. Chances are that if you're in Sweden and need to ask for teaching, your American pronunciation will get you close enough for them to understand you. And find you a teacher.
I also think today's word is appropriate since I've been attempting to undervisa you in Swedish. Which got me to thinking...perhaps we should have some sort of graduation certificate. I'm not talking big final or anything...but I'm begging digital genius Jeremy to make us some bling to show-off in our sidebars. After all, you've worked hard. “I took Swedish lessons at Life is Good” AND survived the A-Z Challenge.” Or something like that. Wadda ya think?
I also challenge you to write me a sentence in Swedish in a comment between now and April 30th. It doesn't have to BE your comment, but when you're done saying what you want to say, throw in a Swedish sentence. It's OK to make it Swenglish, as in using words from both languages if that works better for you. For example, someone posted, “I'm going to my egen sommarstuga in my bil.” Give it a try!
P.S In case you STILL haven't heard yet, our reflections posts start May 7th. There will be a linky at the main A-Z Blog for you to link up your post, once you have it up. We know everyone is returning to their pre-challenge schedules, so you have a full week to get it up there. Reflect upon the challenge, share your thoughts and ideas, offer advice on what went wrong, what the team could do better, etc. If you want a sample, here's mine from last year.