Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Homework on Writing: SWEDISH TUTOR, page 31

Imagine you are moving in with your partner. Write a plan for how you will divide up or share the chores and housework (40 - 60 words).

PLANEN: Varje dag måste jag bädda sängen. På fredagar måste jag tvätta kläderna och på lördagar stryka. Varje morgon min partner Per städa huset. På söndagar måste han dammsuga. På vardagarna lagar han mat och jag diskar. På helgerna äter vi på restaurangen. (42 ord)

And here's my text in English...

THE PLAN: Every day, I make the bed. I do the laundry on Fridays and the ironing on Saturdays. Every morning, Per my partner cleans the house. On Sundays, he must vacuum. On weekdays, he cooks and I do the dishes. On weekends, we eat out at the restaurant.

The Book
https://www.amazon.com/Swedish-Tutor-Vocabulary-Workbook-intermediate/dp/1473604419/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513071198&sr=8-1&keywords=swedish+tutor

The above homework is from the book, SWEDISH TUTOR, page 31. My goal is to attempt all the writing exercises and every time I do so, I will post them here in my blog. Until the next läxa (homework), hej då!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Homework on Writing: SWEDISH TUTOR, page 12

Write your friend an email in Swedish and tell her or him what you do on a typical day (50 - 80 words).

Hej Per!

Hur mår du? Hur är det med familjen? Jag mår bra.

Jag vill berätta för dig om vad jag gör på dagen. Jag äter frukost klockan åtta och läser bloggar på internet. Sedan åker jag till jobbet.

Klockan tolv äter jag lunch på cafeet. Jag äter ris med grönsaker och dricker kaffe. På kvällen gör jag mangå saker hemma. Jag studerar svenska också.

Hoppas vi ses snart! Ha det bra!

Kram, Alice
(74 ord)

And here's my text in English...

Hi Per!

How are you? How is the family? I am well.

I want to tell you what I do for the day. I have breakfast at eight and read blogs on the Internet. Then I go to work.

At twelve o'clock I eat lunch at the café. I have rice with vegetables and drink coffee. In the evening, I do lots of things at home. I also study Swedish.

I hope to see you soon! Goodbye!

Hug, Alice

The Book
https://www.amazon.com/Swedish-Tutor-Vocabulary-Workbook-intermediate/dp/1473604419/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513071198&sr=8-1&keywords=swedish+tutor

The above homework is from the book, SWEDISH TUTOR, page 12. My goal is to attempt all the writing exercises and every time I do so, I will post them here in my blog. This is my första (first) homework from the första chapter of the book for niva (level) A1/A2. Until the next läxa (homework), hej då!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Book Quote of the Week: HIT REFRESH, by Satya Nadella

I started reading Satya Nadella's HIT REFRESH a few weeks ago and I'm truly inspired by his writing and leadership. I decided do something that can both serve as a content for my company's Yammer group in Microsoft (I administer the group) and my personal collection of book quotes (because I love books!). So I designed something that looks like this...

This is Quote #1 of the weekly series.

This is Quote #2 of the weekly series.

I highly recommend this book. I'm creating a series of these book quotes and will be sharing more in the coming weeks. Meanwhile... write to me at connect@aliceteh.com.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Video/Presentation: Career Progression for PAs and Executive Assistants

 
To view the video in full screen, click play, hover the mouse on the video and click on the bottom-right square icon.

I created this presentation in 2009 (more than eight years ago!) when I was invited as a guest speaker at an international conference in Singapore. It was organized by the Asia Business Forum (ABF), an all-expense paid trip and I got to attend the whole conference too. My topic was Career Progression for PAs and Executive Assistants.

I was looking for a specific document in my PC and at the same time did a bit of housekeeping when I found the file. I thought why not convert the PowerPoint into a short (2-minute) video and share it again with the world!

I believe although the presentation is more than eight years old, the contents are still very relevant today. Although it was targeted at administrative professionals, I believe its principles and approach are also applicable to any profession. Enjoy!

Write to me at connect@aliceteh.com.

Friday, November 24, 2017

My 2018 Personal Project: Study IT with the University of London


Earlier last month in November, I have been accepted to study BSc in CIS (Computing and Information Systems) with the University of London. I'm really excited to begin!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Duolingo Swedish: Progress Report (71% Completed; 55% Fluency)

Hej, hej! It's time once again to report on the progress of my Duolingo Swedish. I'm on a 63-day streak! My last report card was during my 37-day streak—that's almost a month ago! I must confess I lost my streak at 53-day (sometimes life events get in the way), but luckily for me, I can use the "Streak Repair" option by Duolingo to repair it at a cost. I was contemplating whether or not to do it but when the option was offered on my phone screen, I reasoned that it's all for a good cause and it helps fund the great job Duolingo is doing. Plus, Duo the little green owl is så sött!

As mentioned in all my previous posts, there are five main sections for the Swedish language with a total of 66 modules. See breakdown below:
  • Section 1: 9 modules (Completed)
  • Section 2: 8 modules (Completed)
  • Section 3: 12 modules (Completed)
  • Section 4: 18 modules (Completed)
  • Section 5: 19 modules (Incomplete) - This is it, I'm almost done!
Out of the 66 modules, I've completed 47 (71%). According to Duolingo, I'm now 55% fluent in Swedish (advanced).

SECTION 1: 9 Modules
SECTION 2: 8 Modules
SECTION 3: 12 Modules

SECTION 4: 18 Modules
SECTION 5: 19 Modules (2 new modules have been enabled; in progress)

The orange icons are the completed ones. The greyed-out icons are completely untouched, and the colorful ones are in progress. Each sub-module is enabled as I complete them and I cannot move on to the next if I have not completed the current one (which is why they're in grey). There's something deeply satisfying to see the orderly orange icons...

Notes about XP goal: There are a few options to pick from for the XP goal (from "Casual = 10 XP per day" to "Insane = 50 XP per day") and I chose "Serious = 30 XP per day."

Are you also using Duolingo to study a foreign language? If yes, I would like to hear from you about your experience! Write to me at connect@aliceteh.com.