The night before the first class room exam at Malmö university I sit here and wish to put something meaningful in this post.
I am try to find solutions since I am struggling with learning Skånska, which is one if not the most difficult dialect spoken in Sweden, hard to understand not only for second language speakers but also for native Swedish, for what I heard at least! Compared to Värmländska – the dialect which I learned to understand during my first year in Sweden and which is also considered to be “on a different level” because of the similarities to Norvegian language spoken just some steps from the Värmland county – Skånska is definitely more similar to another language than to a dialect. To put it in brief, Skåne was part of Denmark indeed for a long time ago, and the language still presents deep influences of the Danish – “they speak as they had a potato in their mouth” to cite one of the most “stereotypes” on the Danish language. Funny enough, I happened to be stopped and asked informations by some Danish people and understood everything, while they were those struggling, but when I speak with someone with dialect form Malmö I may ask to repeate a sentence more than a few times! Curious about this all dialect thing? Check some audios from this page. The region in the link is Skåne, and the closest area to Malmö is the on on the lowest left. Good luck!
The main problem is that with the few Sweds I am meeting here in Malmö I do not even speak Swedish, sometimes because they speak this dialect, or sometimes because I am so afraid to not understand this dialect that I even convince myself that I do not understand those who do not actually speak this dialect. Amazing psychological process uh?
Moving on, I went on svt play to see which series and films were available to see on demand, and doing my best cutting off horror, thrillers and other not-for-me-films which Sweds seem to love from my list, I found Friman Frökens krig, a short serie about the life of Anna Whitlock. Born in Stockholm in 1852, she fought for women and education rights. I will not tell more about it and recommend to watch the movie, as there are good historical insights and the language is pretty clear, excepting some old forms.
As you probably noticed by yourself, I am pretty productive in this week and feeling optimist about blogging. I mean, always loved my blog but my interest in it is just developing deeply. Coming back from London I feel like my life is leading somewhere – don’t ask me where, since that would really be a deep issue to talk about, and the excitement of the moment would not accept it! Maybe because of the number of activities done last week, or because taking a break and coming back to Malmö really made me recognize where I have to stand now, or for the book in sociolinguistics I bought, and the first good presentation at university with a balanced interested and funny group…I feel to write as much as it gets.
Today as said we had this presentation in class, after I woke up at 6.00 to get prepared and relaxed before the presentation. The first-graded work of the program went actually well and we cheered eating a kanelbulle with the others. Want to know more about this strange and dangerous thing? Just go here 😉 The hall of the major building of Malmö university was full of stands from student associations, from the Nightingale program, to language exchange meeting, the foreign affair association, the environment one or the lgbtq issues one.
You should have seen the scene when I almost literally jumped on one of the desks full of papers with the word “Esperanto”. It did not quite come to my mind as soon as I read it – the amount of coffee drank since Monday for carrying on the preparation for the group presentation really made me a bit crazy – but Esperanto is a language created at the end of the 1800s with the uthopia of using it as a universal language. Putting together the easiest forms from different languages, though especially indo european ones plus something from Japanese, it should avoid misunderstanding between language speakers since it is thought to be easier to learn for adult than English would be. Reading fast some info about it, being a big pot of languages it is supposed to develop your brain abilities and your ability to learn other languages. By the way! I got this amazing paper about how Esperanto language works and some – or I think even all of them – gramatical rules. The Esperanto association meets just in the area where I live, and sometimes some teachers from Denmark comes there for a lecture, directly jumping into a talk in Esperanto. I know how all of this can sound uthopian and senseless but I was just thinking about focusing on learning a language and did not yet have the motivation to do it…this is just completely crazy and I am completely in of course!
Two days ago it started to blow in Malmö. And Malmö is one of those city you see in the news where people have to do their best in order not to fell down walking by the sea or biking somewhere. Well you probably will see me in one of those scenes if I keep biking everyday to uni, even when the wind is on a average of 8/s and it does not seem to get lower. At least we have the Sun! Wait…at least the sky is blue, the Sun almost said goodbye to Sweden…
Have to go to university now, and find a spot of time to take a photo for my Swedish ID!
As I had promised you I am here to give you some more informations about the university I was interested in, which covers the field of interpreting and translation and where you have the possibility to learn three languages among european and extra european ones.
I got there with a friend yesterday, with the purpose to visit the university not alone or else with someone really interested in it. The girl I went there with is the daughter of a chorister of my choir and a fun thing has been the way she and me met! Before the traffic light became green, the bus we had to get on came. So I mimed to say “no, it is already coming” and she mimed to say “we run!”, so we started to run and this was the way we actually met. I think it is very funny and it will be easy to remember the day we met! I am so glad because in the last time I have been meeting a lot of people, most of which have the same interests as mine, such traveling, learning languages and more over.
Everything went very well at the university, we felt a little ashamed going into the building but at the same time we were so happy for what we were finally doing! Someone of the staff explained us the building’s organization and we went around for a while, stopping some students to get information (this is a great thing everyone should do if you want to really know how an university works!).
Then we looked the screen placed in the hall, that showed the current and the coming courses and we decided to join the French lesson. The teacher welcomed us very kindly, giving us a sheet with some exercises they were working on at the moment. The lesson was very challenging because she talked all the time in French (the lesson was three hours long but we stayed just one hour and a half), and she even asked us something. Then we asked for informations and even got to know another student that was attending that course. We had a great day and we are going to other times to listen to other lessons and talk with someone else!
I am adding a survey to ask you which languages are the most important to know in this period of the history!
Hope you enjoyed my little experience, I leave you with some Christmas greeting from all over the world, and I hope I will see you soon!