So I have finished my tree!
Hi all! So I have finally finished my Swedish tree, on day 93 after I started learning (managed to keep my streak up- woo!). What started as an odd curiosity on a boring sick day has become a part of my daily life and I'm so happy for it.
Some story time follows- I don't blame if you don't wish to trawl through!
Why did I pick Swedish? Part of it it because I'm currently studying for my Chemistry PhD- Sweden has a rather rich chemistry heritage which called me in (the town of Ytterby and Alfred Nobel anyone?) The other reasoning relates to the respect that I have for the Nordic countries' approach to modern society (healthcare, education, social equality etc.)
At around the 50 day mark, I actually travelled to Sweden over the Easter weekend and got some first hand experience. I was completely terrible of course, but that didn't stop me from trying! Generally I would start in Swedish and then become completely confused with the reply! I got chance to practice with one very friendly waitress who appreciated the effort (though I was slightly terrified that I was butchering your lovely language).
And of course, two weeks ago here in the UK was election day- coincidentally that was about the time I reached the Politics skill! Sadly I had nobody to practice my newfound vocabulary with, but it was still a part of my life I could consider in Swedish :D
And now here I am! I still have a long way to go- especially with listening, which I think is my weakest aspect, especially when tongues are quick and accents are thick! Going to try some internet listening exercises, and of course keep my tree golden! (Oh, and read through my copy of Harry Potter Och De Vises Sten that I bought in Stockholm!)
So, if you've made it this far, I thank you for putting up with my long-winded tale! If you're in a similar position as me and could be interested in making a pen pal to practice Swedish with, let me know! Finally, my heartfelt thanks to all you active members here- especially the moderators for their help and advice. Couldn't have done it without all the assistance.
Last thing to say: Best of luck to everyone trying to perfect this most excellent language and have a wonderful day!
P.S. I love my Golden Owl! :D It makes me happy. P.P.S I would have introduced this post in Swedish but I was paranoid of making a silly mistake and never being able to live it down!
Butchering, schmutchering. We're glad you want to try out our language, save for the occasional idiot. Congratulations on finishing the tree!
Ah, I hope I didn't give you the wrong idea- nobody I met said that! I said that myself, and the nice lady just laughed it off and said I was alright! Everyone I met in Stockholm was absolutely lovely, though most of them I didn't try to speak to of course!
Grattis! Thanks for sharing you story. It's wonderful that you've already had a chance to use Swedish in Sweden. Half a year ago, I wasn't even thinking of studying Swedish, but now it's part of my daily life too - funny how that happens! I also have a copy of Harry Potter Och De Vises Sten, and I'm finally up to chapter 5. ^^
Tack! I'm hoping to go back again at some point; I'd love to be able to try and hold a conversation, which I wasn't able to do before. Going to start on Harry Potter right after I re-read The Silmarillion (that one's in English, I'd never be able to get through THAT in Swedish!)
The silmarillion is already confusing in my native language, no way that I would ever be able to read it in swedish haha I feel you :p
Just a hint: try listening to podcasts! I listen to many podcasts in the languages I'm learning, and even if I have a lot of trouble following, for instance, the Danish ones, it gives a better sense of the spoken language, and it's free! Listening to topics you are interested in is of course helpful -- I tend to listen to science, language or humour podcasts, and am glad when I'm able to follow, even if it is for short bits. My favourite podcasts in Swedish are Alex & Sigges podcast (http://alexosigge.libsyn.com/) and Språket i P1 (http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt?programid=411).