So here it is: My Scandi Top 3.
The Swedish system can be a beautiful thing if you are in it and don't mind it's slighted controlling conformist nature. I got into an adult language school, free, which set me officially on my way. But then grammar happened. Grammar is a bitch, the biggest bitch the whole wide world. Either way I got my head around it eventually, it 'literally' just clicked into place, roughly. I would say I'm pretty fluent after 16 months of study, one more course and technically I can go to Swedish Universities and study for free, three cheers for a government that gives a shit. There is however a humorous aspect to a Germanic language such as Swedish, they are very literal. Many nouns are given because of what they physically are.
Kofångare - translated literally into English means "cow catcher". When what is actually means is "car bumper". I saw this written down and my English head was very confused. But they named it for what it is and damn it's funny to hear.
Another great one is;
Grönsaker - literally translated makes it "green things" when it is actually referring to vegetables. Yeah someone saw a cucumber and was like "that's a green thing" and it stuck.
These little things make language learning so much fun. It has given me access to a new way of expression, I can say things in Swedish which just can't be translated or communicated in English.
"Oj nej, jag halkade på isen"
I went to get back up and just kept sliding all over the place, much to everyone's amusement. I get a hand up and held onto the railing once again this time with no intention of letting go. I may have been too keen, over zealous and severely under prepared. An elderly gentleman slides up next to me with a grace and ease I thought I possessed. He grabs hold of me and pushes me, this may work with small children who weigh less and have a lower centre of gravity but for me, nope. Straight down my first slope, slalom is a word I've only heard of. Straight down I go, shouting to whoever is in my way. I hit a tree. I'm hurt, I'm embarrassed, I don't ski again for four months.
I hark back to my previous blog, familiarities are great but that unquenchable desire to discover is ever greater; go quench it!
The Foul Entertainment off-shore reporter, Abdurahman is currently living in Berlin and has done the round of many European countries. He is currently working on a travel/tech hybrid column for the blogs page.