Hej! My name is Emma and I’m the Cultural Correspondent for Coffee Break Swedish and I also manage the Social Media for Coffee Break Swedish. When I studied at Glasgow University, I volunteered as a Swedish teacher for a charity and this is how I met Mark. I started to work for Radio Lingua in 2019.
What is your role in Coffee Break?
My role as the Cultural Correspondent is to provide interesting information about Sweden and the Swedish language. I love to be able to share my culture with the Coffee Break Swedish community and hope to inspire more people to learn Swedish. I also manage the Social Media for Coffee Break Swedish. On the Facebook page I publish cultural posts as well as interactive posts that give our learners a chance to practise their Swedish.
What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?
When I was 17, I went on an exchange year to the US. Although I had studied English in school for quite a while before this, it was during my time in the US that I started to become comfortable using the language. Since then, I have used my knowledge for the English language whilst travelling in Australia and New Zealand, as well as when I studied at Glasgow University.
In addition to English I also speak Spanish which I learned at school, and I have used my knowledge whilst on holiday in Spain. I also learned Finish at home from a young age since my mum is from Finland.
What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?
My favourite memory of working with Coffee Break was probably the first time recording for Coffee Break Swedish in the recording studio with Mark. I remember being nervous and excited to be able to record the cultural segments for the podcast but most of all looking forward to teaching more people about Sweden and Swedish culture!
Where would your ideal coffee break be and with whom?
My ideal coffee break would be at a café in Stockholm overlooking the water, on a sunny day, together with my friends.
What’s your best language learning tip?
My best tip for learning a language is to use the language! Take any and all chances to practise speaking or writing in the language. And this doesn’t mean you have to travel to the country, just find someone to talk to, either a native or another learner of the language. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, this is how you learn!
• Favourite language: Swedish
• Favourite word/phrase: Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder is a phrase that is commonly used in Sweden and it translates to “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes”.
• Favourite film: The Lord of the Rings series as I love both the story but also the amazing scenery shown in the movies.
• Favourite destination: New Zealand is my absolute favourite place on Earth as it has amazing nature with wonderful hikes and everything from nice beaches to beautiful mountains.
Please finish off with a message to the Coffee Break Community.
When I first learned to drive a car I remember that I didn’t understand how people could have a conversation while driving. I couldn’t concentrate on anything but the driving. But now, I no longer find driving a car difficult. Therefore, whenever something is tough, and I feel like it will never get easier, I try to remember the feeling I had when I was learning to drive. The same goes for learning a new language, what once felt impossible, will get easier if you keep practising.