Svenska for international students

My name is Kirsten Ambors and I am in the Mathematical Modeling and Simulation program at BTH. I am from the United States out here on the Fulbright fellowship sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

I decided to study in Sweden because this nation is known for their strong engineering and mathematical programs with a first class higher education system that is respected around the world. Everyday life in Sweden is different than life in the United States. Public transportation and bicycles are used more commonly than in the United States. I was amazed by how easy it is to get around Sweden and Europe via train or bus. I was amazed by how many people use bicycles every day for transportation, even in bad weather. Since I am studying in Sweden, I decided that I wanted to immerse myself in the culture and traditions, starting with learning Swedish.

I enrolled in the Svenska for International Students in quarter 2. The class is very enjoyable and we learn about day to day customs of typical Swedes as well as learning the basics to the language. Everything from eating pea soup on Thursdays to the traditions about the Advent Season and Midsummer's Day. I can now go to the grocery store and completely blend in and not request for the cashier to speak English. I hope to continue to learn Swedish and bring the language back with me to the United States. Swedish is a beautiful language that is not heard very often in and I would like to share what I do know with others.

My friends in the U.s. are very excited to hear me speak Swedish and talk about my year that I am spending in this intriguing country. As for now, I am looking forward to seeing the traditional Swedish traditions for St. Lucia and the Christmas season.

Text: Kirstin Ambors


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