OK, 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 skÃƒÂ¤ms (shame on you!) – by Casper when I said jag ÃƒÂ¤r frÃƒÂ¥n Wales men jag talar inte walesiska. My response was Jag talar fyra sprÃƒÂ¥k! Anyway, more next week.