When your world is about to change you don't sit around and wait! And I didn't: I started learning Swedish on my own. I tried mimicking youtube videos and using a Learn yourself Swedish product and it looked like I was making progress! While I wasn't going to be fluent any time soon, I was feeling quite good.
It all changed on Thursday, 25th of April. Not only did I have a job interview with Nokia on that day (more on that later), but my Swedish course started as well! Our very first lesson was scheduled for 18:30 and going there I was feeling quite smug. I thought it was going to be a short introductory lesson where the teacher will introduce herself, we will learn a few sentences I'd have already known and we will be on our way. Boy was I wrong!
|Notes and study materials from the first ŠOLT lesson.|
The first lesson was intense! It took the whole scheduled 3 hours within which we went from "Hej! Jag heter..." to pronouncing words like "Sjuksköterska" and finally to forming our own descriptions of a fictional character. We even got homework!
My take-home assignment included inventing a fictional character and describing him with as many adjectives I can think of. It should include most of what our lesson covered, namely where he is from, his marital status, what languages he speaks and what his job is. This is what I came up with:
Möta Oscar Svensson. Han är från Linköping. Han är förlovad och har inte barn. Oscar arbetar som busschaufför. Han talar svenska, engelska och lite danska. Han och hans sambo gillar att gå till teater men de aldrig tar bussen.
Long story short: I've learned a lot. I have a very competent teacher and I'm learning together with 5 peers including a reader of this blog (Zdravo Aleš!) who appears to be another Slovenian interested in Sweden. Now I am completely sold on language schools: if you're trying to learn a foreign language be sure to enrol in one!