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24 January 2014 @ 12:44 pm
sometimes schedules make themselves more accommodating all by themselves.  
Thanks to a conversation I had a 12th Night, where I found out that the Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) course that the government offers is actually a much better an more intensive course than the Swedish for Beginners course the Uni offers (and which I have taken), I have actually made the effort to track down the (SFI). (I tried sending an email (in English) asking about it back in August of 2011, when I first got a resident visa to live in Sweden, but never got a reply, and, as it turned out, I wouldn't have been able to make time in my schedule then for the course due to other obligations.) This time I found the same pdf document on SFI on line as I had discovered back in 2011, but this time I decided to send my email of inquiry as to when and where the course meets in Swedish, and I got a reply!

After exchanging a number of emails (all in Swedish) I am registered to take the next course, and just awaiting an opportunity to take the diagnostic test, so that they can determine which level course I should attend. I was slightly disappointed when she said that the next chance for the diagnostic test was next Tuesday, since I am also taking a GIS course this semester (since it wasn't an option for me to take such a course when I was a student, and the class was under-enrolled compared to what they were hoping for, so they are happy for post docs to sit in, too), and that class meets at the same time (and very different location) as that diagnostic test. However, the woman I have been corresponding with about the SFI course said that it wasn't a problem and that there would be other opportunities to take the test in February and she would get back to me to let me know when they were.

Then, this morning, I got an email from the GIS teacher letting me know that he has had a schedule conflict come up, and that Tuesday's course has been rescheduled. So I promptly forwarded the message to my contact for the Swedish course and asked if it was too late to sign up for the diagnostic test on Tuesday. She wrote back and said that it will be fine, so in just a few more days I will learn just how much Swedish I have really managed to absorb in three years living in this country. It will be interesting to see how I go with the course--four hours a day is way more time/effort than I have ever put into learning Swedish; I bet that after the first session my poor brain will be full, but I also suspect/hope that it will become easier with practice.
darttn: pic#84829768darttn on January 24th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Good for you. While you take Swedish class, I'm taking Finnish class (again). Seems like I am learning more with my second beginners class than I did last time, even though it is the same teacher. Different group of students though. There are seven of us, and they all seem kind of fun. I will be meeting separately with Gail, one of the other students to do some practice in both Finn and Spanish, since she is fluent in that.
Kareina: stitchedkareina on January 24th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I am glad you have a classmate you can study with! I hope that the class stays fun and you learn lots. When shall we plan another trip to Sweden and Finland for you so that you can practice your improved Finnish with the cousins?
Kareinakareina on January 24th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I have a suggestion
How about doing a LiveJournal post after every Finish lesson summarizing what you learned that day? The review would be useful for you, and, more importantly, I would have more to read during my morning situps, and so would get more exercise. :-)