Sometimes there are brilliant opportunities to practice speaking a language. My favourite one is whilst cooking. I love to bake, and it’s quite possible that before long there will be a multitude of recipes for Swedish food/ recipes written in Swedish upon this blog ( hey- it’s practice!)
Normally, cooking with Emil descends into hilarity as he teaches me words and then cracks up as I attempt to parrot them back to him. A normal conversation in the kitchen often consists of the following:
Emil: *holds up a spoon* Sked.
Me: Hwa- Hw… how do you even make that sound? Hw-aaaaaay-d?
Emil: Nope, Sked.
Emil: heh. close enough. Now Ugn *points to oven*.
Ugn (oven) is possibly my least favourite word in the whole Swedish lexicon. It just generally sounds like the grumpy noise that dogs make when they finally get their toy back after a game of tug-o-war. Also, it’s very difficult for me to say without making the grumpiest face ever. This is a source of constant amusement to Emil, who likes to alternate making me say ‘ugn’ with making me say ‘ost’ (cheese), which happens to be one of the easiest words to say in Swedish and also is impossible to say properly without a smile on your face, particularly if you are me. Such is life.