Westminster UniversityOK, I’ve made a start – I’ve been to my first Swedish class. It was run by a very camp Croat – Casper – who learnt Swedish from peacekeeping troops in the Balkans before moving to Sweden to study… Oh, and the courses are at Westminster University – they seem completely incapable of administering anything as no-one attending the course had a clue what was going on, and Casper was astounded that 37 people turned up.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. Most of the attendees are in the 25-40 age range, about half have Swedish partners and that’s their reason for learning, and more than a third are not English native speakers, and I spent some time chatting to a girl from Kina who spoke kinesiska. I was admonished – fy skäms (shame on you!) – by Casper when I said jag är frÃ¥n Wales men jag talar inte walesiska. My response was Jag talar fyra sprÃ¥k! Anyway, more next week.


  1. Monika

    Hej Jon,
    The SkÃ¥ne accent is the best 🙂 Good for you for taking Swedish lessons. Make sure that Helena pratar svenska med dig ofta. That is the mistake I make with my Welsh boyfriend – I do not speak Swedish with him often enough. He also takes Swedish lessons, but we do not practise enough at home. My fault … Lycka till med svenskan!

  2. Tack! Jag talar lite Svenska i huset… And I have also managed to get promoted to the 2nd level of Swedish at Westminster after 2 weeks. 🙂

    It’s good fun, and I’m learning quite fast, so let’s see how far it goes.

  3. sebastian

    With knowledge of English and German, you will manage to learn Swedish rather quickly. When I studied in Lund for a year, I just took the complimentary Erasmus course in the beginning and one more course at the Folkshögskolan and I was fluent after 5,6 month. Now with the internet it is so easy to read swedish newspapers, to buy swedish books, and it is a nice language, especially the Skanska version spoken in the south.
    A pitty I hardly use it and so forget it more and more…
    Lycka till!

  4. I’m not sure that the Swede I live with would agree with you about the Skane accent! 🙂

    It is a language that is easy enough to learn, but my problem is that I am always quite lazy about language learning. I hate sitting down and learning pages of vocab and rules. We’ll see how it goes!

  5. Jon! Yes, love or partnerships have always a big influence in language courses attendance… After 2 years with Marko, I have started to consider seriously taking Slovenian courses, and I have even checked for some specific places but is soooo expensive… even in the Slovenian House in Brussels they wanted to charge me 400 EUr for a 60 hours course! they have to be mad… but again I think is the partnership factor, since they might understand that everyone willing to study Slovenian has to do it for love… and love doesn’t have a price, right? 🙂
    dovro, dovro Jon!

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