Friday, December 15, 2017

My Swedex Exam on 19 December

Okay! More Swedish updates... I mentioned in August this year that I'm planning to sit for the A2 certification by Swedex a year from now in August 2018. Well, there's been a slight change of plan—I'll be sitting for it in a few days on 19 December!

My (last minute) exam application to the Folkuniversitetet in Jönköping, Sweden was successful and I paid the exam fee yesterday. Speaking of trying my luck!

On Tuesday, 12 December: I took this picture early in the morning.
Pudersnö: Newly fallen powder snow.
(Check out the seven evocative Swedish winter words for snow.)

I decided to be brave and dived right in by moving 9 months ahead of schedule by performing a linguistic stunt. I'm frantically patching up my fluency now. Four days to my pass/fail fate!

Some weeks back I'd taken a look at the modelltest för nivå A2 (mock exam for level A2) and only started to attempt it four days ago while waiting for my exam application to be accepted. I hope I'll pass. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

If you're curious about Swedex, check this out. If you've taken the Swedex, whichever level you're at, I'd love to hear about your experience!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Duolingo Swedish: I Lost My Daily Streak!

It happened a few days ago. I repaired it but lost it again after a day, because for some reasons even I couldn't quite understand, I just overlooked it. So, bye-bye 76-day streak and hello, #reset.

Meanwhile, reporting live from Huskvarna, Sweden... SNÖ! It's so cold but so lovely!


P/S: I'm on a 5-day streak now.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Swedish Made Easy" Course with Felix Lättman

My certificate
This, my friends, is an awesome course. If you are interested in learning Swedish, I highly recommend it. The Swedish Made Easy, 6-day course is very easy to follow and the instructor, Felix Lättman is a joy to listen to and watch.

In this engaging course, he scripted the lessons and selected one candidate, Shien Zutshi from Canada, to learn 1-on-1 with him for 30 hours (broken down into a 6-day course). I have completed Day 1 and Day 2, and this is what I have to say so far:
  • Very practical and Felix explains the "process" of some words (how they're formed, why they're like that, etc.).
  • Real-life application and when to use what in daily life (this word vs. that word, one says it this way and not that because it's not the way the natives do it, etc.).
  • Videos in live tutoring sessions broken down in bite-size (about 4 minutes or so), so the few hours of total learning for each day seemed less daunting and actually gave me a sense of achievement upon finishing each one. Edvin Blennie Lättman did a good job editing them.
  • It's effective—I believe—because after the lessons I have the courage and confidence to speak Swedish! I like understanding how things work and Felix gave me that. Right now I'm in Sweden and it's perfect for practice.

I liked Day 1 (free lesson!) so much that I invested in all the remaining five (Day 2 to Day 6). Shortly after I bought them, Felix announced he's made them all FREE forever so this is the best time for you to get your hands on the course if you have plans to study Swedish. For me for now, onward to Day 3!

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

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

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!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Duolingo Swedish: "Caption this image"

My caption
Duolingo has upped its game and now we can caption some really fun pictures! For this particular one, I did a very basic thing by choosing "Orange" as the name of the cat (because it's orange in color) and "Bruno" as the name for the hund (dog in English, because he's brown). Brun is brown in Swedish.
Hunden vill leka med katten. "Vill du leka med mig, Orange?" frågar Bruno.
In English: The dog wants to play with the cat. "Do you want to play with me, Orange?" asks Bruno.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017