I'd always believed that I was useless at learning languages. I have Swedish ancestry and was fascinated with Scandinavian culture, but when I tried to learn Swedish from a book, aged 20, I just couldn't seem to get anywhere, compounding that belief. Fast forward 20 years, and Duolingo released the Swedish course on their language learning app. I decided to give it a go, and realised very quickly that, in fact, I could learn a new language, especially if that process was enjoyable - and it was!
I'd watched a few of Anneli's language videos on YouTube and thought it might be a good idea to have a few 'proper lessons' with a language tutor. Since that day I've had regular lessons with Anneli, typically one lesson every two weeks. Duolingo is good, but having a real teacher is even better! Anneli's lessons are relaxed, fun, and cover a wide range of topics and skills - and they're absolutely tailored to meet your specific needs. Typical lessons (for me) consist of developing conversation skills, working from text and exercise books, learning about Swedish and Scandinavian culture, translating passages of text, reading out loud, and exploring the origins of Swedish words. Anneli has helped me select Swedish books to read at my level, and she's also recommended some great Swedish films to watch. Anneli regularly sets homework for me - my favourite (and most challenging) was to watch a 10 episode Swedish drama in Swedish using Swedish subtitles! I managed to watch the whole series and understand everything. Unbelievable! Two years on from my first lesson, I have a couple of Swedish friends who I message with in Swedish, and can meet up for "fika" with them and chat in their language. I love watching Swedish drama (with or without the English subtitles), I read Swedish books, and enjoy exploring Swedish culture.
Swedish is a wonderful language - very similar, at times, to English. I haven't been to Sweden yet, but I love learning the language. If nothing else, it's a wonderful hobby! I've got so much more to learn - that's not a daunting prospect - I can't wait to get stuck in!
Anneli is a supportive and encouraging teacher, and I strongly recommend her as a language tutor. Booking lessons is simple via her website, and they're easy to manage online if you need to change dates or times. I still use Duolingo regularly (and a few other useful language apps), but having a proper native-speaking Swedish teacher makes it real - and much more enjoyable! I now love languages, and I'm beginning to learn Russian too, and when I've got a bit better at Swedish I'm thinking of learning Icelandic. Swedish language will now always be a part of my life - a huge thank you to Anneli for opening up my world to foreign language, and making the learning process so enjoyable!