The one and only official Swedish dictionary hits the shelves

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Europe The one and only official Swedish dictionary hits the shelves
DEC 10, 2023 LISTEN

This week on The Sound Kitchen you'll hear the answer to the question about the Swedish Academy. There's interesting information about building with bamboo, “The Listener's Corner” with Paul Myers, Erwan Rome's “Music from Erwan”, and of course, the new quiz question, so click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! 

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This week's quiz: On 29 October, I asked you a question about our article “Official Swedish dictionary completed after 140 years” about the publication of the definitive, one and only, official dictionary of the Swedish language, the Swedish Academy Dictionary.

You were to write in with the name of the person who founded the Swedish Academy, and in which year.

The answer is, to quote our article: “The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786 by King Gustav III to promote the country's language and literature, and work for the 'purity, vigor and majesty' of the Swedish language.”

In addition to the quiz question, there was the bonus question, suggested by Rafiq bin Khondaker Liton from Naogaon, Bangladesh: “Which season do you prefer, and why?”

Do you have a bonus question idea? Send it to us!
The winners are: RFI Listeners Club member Timothy Ofori from Kumasi, Ghana. Timothy is also the winner of this week's bonus question. Congratulations, Timothy!

Also on the list of lucky winners this week are Razia Khalid, a member of the RFI Seven Stars Radio Listeners Club in District Chiniot, Pakistan, as well as RFI Listeners Club members Ashik Eqbal Tokon from Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and Gayatri Sahu from Odisha, India. Last but not least, RFI English listener Debashis Gope from West Bengal, India.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's programme:  “Sounds of Pakistan for Flute, Rubaab, Alghoza & Tabla”, performed by the Pakistan Musical Heritage Ensemble; the traditional Swedish folk song “Den ljusa hallingen”, performed by the Anders Lillebo ensemble; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “The Cakewalk” from Children's Corner by Claude Debussy, performed by the composer; “Sal Al Malecón” by Roberto Fonseca, performed by the composer with his ensemble, and "One Love” by Bob Marley, played by The Wailing Wailers.

This week's question ... you must listen to the show to participate.  After you've listened to the show, read our article “French sports minister says 'no plan B' for Olympics opening ceremony” to help you with the answer.

You have until 16 January to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 20 January podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
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