Swedish is proving a bit difficult to master. I am picking up vocabulary at work and get to listen, but my accent is atrocious. No one makes fun of me (in a mean way, anyway) when I speak, but I still find myself a bit shy to practice on my work mates. I have to remind myself that we have only had two lessons so far and lots of people take many weeks to learn a language. Our buddy Hasse says I need to våga (‘dare’) to speak Swedish more. So I am resolved to practice more!
When I first got to Sweden, I met a fellow from Brasil who speaks 8 or so languages, has taught languages, and learned Swedish three months after coming to Sweden. Granted, he was taking the intensive every-day classes, but still, pretty amazing. Being a bit competitive and thinking I was pretty smart, I thought to myself: “I’ll have a handle on Swedish in three months too”. I am two months in but ready to concede that he is smarter than me. Felicidade, Guil!