Category Archives: Speaking and Learning Swedish

Dispatch from the office, Swedish edition

One of the challenges about working in Sweden (or at least here at this University) is that many people are not very comfortable speaking English, most of the paperwork and online information systems are exclusively in Swedish, grant applications, talks … Continue reading

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Immigrant vs. Tourist

We spent last weekend visiting our friends in Sollentuna, outside of Stockholm. We decided to head in to Gamla Stan (the old city) on Saturday morning. We could have walked to the train station but it was raining so we … Continue reading

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Speaking Swedish, Valborg, Activities

This past weekend was the first in which Mei-mei and Jie-jie spontaneously played together in Swedish. They have been using Swedish with friends who don’t speak English for a few weeks and for the last week or so I’ve noticed … Continue reading

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Bridging and Bonding Languages

Sociologists sometimes distinguish between bridging and bonding social capital. Bridging capital  refers to the value of connections between heterogeneous people or groups and bonding capital refers to the value of within-group connections. These concepts seem straightforward but actually they are … Continue reading

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Culture Shock, elementary school edition

This week we had a meeting with Jie-jie’s teachers. They asked for the meeting, saying that it is standard for students and their parents to have a conference with the teachers twice a year. Here is a little background: Jie-jie … Continue reading

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Whine. complain. grumble.

We’re having that spring weather (unbroken gray sky, wet, cold) that makes me wish that I lived in the tropics. It is supposed to be like this all week. My right ear is bugging me again. My ears have been … Continue reading

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SFI: Swedish For Immigrants

Yesterday I had my first day of Swedish for Immigrants. There were 9 of us. When we arrived they asked us what our names were, what language we speak, and where we come from. Poland, Germany, Romania, Thailand, Iraq (2), … Continue reading

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