Hej, alihoppa! Jag heter Mark och jag är VD för Radio Lingua. Och jag lär mig svenska!
I’m the Managing Director of Radio Lingua and you’ll probably know me better as the presenter of our Coffee Break languages series. I’ve set myself a challenge for 2015: I’m going to be learning Swedish and I’m planning to keep a blog of my efforts here on the Radio Lingua site to share my experiences.
When it comes to language learning I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of language-learning opportunities. I speak French, Spanish and Italian and a couple of years ago my role as the learner on Coffee Break German allowed me to improve my German. I also speak some Portuguese, Catalan and a little Norwegian.
So, why Swedish? Well, I’ve always been fascinated by Scandinavia and Sweden in particular. Perhaps it was because I was brought up on Abba, but there has always been something about Swedish culture which has interested me. I love listening to all kinds of Swedish music, and I enjoy reading Mankell, Läckberg and Jungstedt – in English for the time being! I’ve travelled to Sweden a few times, mostly to Stockholm, but I’d love to discover more of the country and hope to get the chance to do so later this year.
Since I understand some Norwegian I do have a bit of an advantage in that I’m already familiar with some vocabulary and structures, but I know it’s going to be quite difficult to avoid getting mixed up between Norwegian and Swedish.
This blog has two purposes: firstly to encourage me to keep at my Swedish and ensure that I’m not letting it slip by the wayside! Secondly, I hope that as I share some of the strategies I use to learn, our community of learners of other languages will be able to apply them to whichever language they’re learning.
I’ll be back soon with my first post of 2015. In the meantime, please let me know in the comments if you’ve had any experience of learning Swedish – or indeed if you are Swedish and can help me in my quest!
Tack, och hej då!