I’m fucking learning Swedish (Svenska) and there’s a lot I have to say about it.
First of all, I love that the Swedish word for ‘two’ sounds like the American version of ‘two’ said with a lisp.
Imagine the priest from Princess Bride:
“Twoo wuv is what bwings us twogether twoday.”
Overall, the experience of learning Swedish is a little like shaving my head with a cheese grater while chewing on tinfoil.
It’s a little bit uncomfortable.
I am learning everything phonetically. Which means I speak a few words but I can’t write them.
An example: the Swedish word for ‘delicious’ is ‘oot sect.”
That’s what it sounds like.
How is it spelled?
I have no clue.
I looked it up for the purposes of putting it on this post.
Now, as impressed as I am with myself for learning a handful of Swedish words, it’s not all that great when it comes to texting and I’m spelling everything phonetically to The Swede.
So I try to keep my Swedish simple when I text him.
God morgon (good morning).
God natt (good night).
Tack så mycket (thank you very much).
I’m impressed that I’ve learning any words given my memory problems and my lack of understanding of Germanic languages.
I hope it gets easier as I go.
One thing is for sure – I can’t just learn to SAY Swedish. I’ve got to learn to WRITE it as well.
Just in case I ever visit Sverige (aka Sweden).
But hold cow, can you believe it. . . I’m learning Svenska!