It really wasn't that fancy a Swedish sentence

Raymond Chen

I dreamed that I was on vacation with my family at a cabin in the woods. I went downstairs with my elder child, and in the playroom I saw another family who are good friends of ours. I guess they chose to vacation at the same place. They had hired a Swedish-speaking nanny to help with the kids. The nanny asked me a simple question, and I gave a straightforward answer. “Hon är den äldre av mina två barn.” The nanny was all so impressed that I was using like super-fancy-pants Swedish grammar.

Spoiler alert: It isn’t particularly fancy.


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