Monday, September 14, 2009

Jag heter Ashley

So, as you can see, I started my class today! It was so much fun! The teacher is really a sweet old lady who only speaks Swedish to us (unless it's necessary she speaks English) there are only 7 of us in the class, so that makes it easy to ask questions and get a lot of talking in, and it's in a really nice part of town! I loved it and 3 and a half hours flew by! After the class my brain was fried though! I had to think and think and think the whole time!

My notes consisted of some scribbly scrach, but what I can make out I got some good stuff...and thanks to Fredrik, some of the stuff I already knew especially my numbers. (About a year ago he sent me a HUGE document he typed up himself that explained numbers, money, etc. It was incredibly sweet and really useful!)

Jag heter Ashley (my name is Ashley)
Vad heter du? (what is your name)
Jag kommer ifrån USA (I come from USA)
Varifrån kommer du? (where do you come from)
Jag talar Engelska (I speak English)
Vad talar du för språk? (what do you speak)

How fun is that?! Haha, it's so simple and incredibly planned out, but really fun to actually say it to somebody! I take for granted how easy it is to just speak English here in Sweden, because it's an amazing country and they teach their children English at a very early age, usually around 6 or 7. So it's easy to get away with not learning Swedish. There is a British guy in my class who has lived here over a year and knows no Swedish at all! He finally decided it's a big arogant to live in a country and not even try to learn the language. So true! So I'm really happy I am doing this and hopefully after my 4 intensive weeks, I certainly won't be fluent, but hopefully I can have a strong foundation to build on!

The Swedish word of the day is "Ursäkta" which means "excuse me". I think this is a word Swedish people could use to relearn! :) You can also use "Förlåt".


  1. Love it - but we need to have you also type how we pronounce the words too.

  2. 3 1/2 HOURS?!!! Do you get a snack break?! I bet those girls you're watching will realize you are starting to understand what they're saying!!!