- scrumptious /SKRUHMP-shuhs/
- pick and mix /pik uhnd miks/
- indulgence /in-DUHL-juhns/
- unwind /uhn-WAHYND/
- stipend /STAHY-pend/
[adjective] – tasting extremely good
The tonkatsu at the restaurant was scrumptious. Let’s have another one next time.
[noun] – a selection of sweets from which the customer can choose, paid for by weight
There’s a new shop downtown that offers a pick and mix of Japanese candies.
[noun] – an occasion when you allow someone or yourself to have something enjoyable, especially more than is good for you
Avoid excessive indulgence in sweets and sugary drinks.
[verb] – to relax after a period of work or anxiety
Reading helps her unwind after a busy day at work.
[noun] – a particular amount of money that is paid regularly to someone
In addition to a travel allowance, they provide a monthly stipend.
Children at Stockholm’s Liljeholmen Square are often seen carrying a staple weekly accessory: a bag of loose pick and mix. Swedes are so used to buying and consuming candy on Saturdays that they have a word for it: lördagsgodis, which translates to “Saturday sweets.” The concept of lördagsgodis isn’t new, as it dates back to the 1950s. According to Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux, an author and professor on Swedish culture and values, Swedish medical officials began suggesting sweets as a once-a-week indulgence to limit rising incidences of tooth decay. Anyone wishing to unwind after the week will enjoy this penny candy, but lördagsgodis has a lot more to offer: it helps children think about weekly budgeting and feeds into a culture that promotes independence from an early age. When a Swedish child reaches the age of 16, the state stops paying child benefits to their parents and instead gives them the same amount as a study stipend, as long as they stay in school. “It’s quite a smooth transition from being given money from their parents to being given money by the state,” says Deveaux.
There’s no doubt that the lördagsgodis trend will continue, whether children are taught to budget using coins and notes or bank transfers and apps. Although treats aren’t especially healthy and should be enjoyed in moderation, they are something we simply love to have. And perhaps, we can learn more about budgeting, too, one piece of candy at a time.
- Do you often bring candies with you? Please tell me more about it.
- What is a candy you have heard of but have not tried yet?
- Would you like your country to have the same concept as lördagsgodis? Why or why not?
- Is it wise for people to learn how to be independent at a young age?
- What do you think is the disadvantage of children learning how to budget?