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All Quiet on the Western Front

It’s been a while, wonderful people of the internet. I’m guessing some of you might be wondering what happened to me. In truth, everything and nothing, (although that might sound a bit bizarre to the majority of people).

A month ago my invasion of Sweden ended. I returned to the UK, having completed a couple of courses at the University of Gothenburg as well as having made more friends than I could have imagined. My final days in Sweden were wonderful: I met up with all of my various groups of friends and had meals and BBQs and laughed and joked. A great many signed my Sweden Journal – A book which contains memories very much in the vein of this blog, although it has spaces saved for various events which haven’t been detailed online.

Why did I return to the UK, you ask? It was a practical decision really: My funds were beginning to dwindle and I no longer had any courses at the University with which to justify staying in Sweden. At times I had wanted to leave, and then at others I wished dearly that I could stay. There are a lot of people I’m going to miss – people I DO miss, and hopefully, I’ll be back again some day.

What am I doing in the UK? Well, actually, I’ve moved back to the town I lived in in Berkshire before I moved to Sweden. It’s not the best part of town ( I’ll be honest) but my house is alright. Come September I start a new job in a school, which will be great. It’s different from what I did before, and in honesty I’m kind of nervous about it, but at the same time I think I’m probably going to love it!

Am I just abandoning my steampunks? Definitely not. I hope to be involved in everything that is going on – I just won’t be able to go to their next party in January as it’s during term time and I can’t justify a day off then. As it is Asylum is going to be… interesting.

 

At any rate: I’m back in the UK, I have sausages, and I’m plotting the future. This probably marks pretty much the end of this blog, unless/until I try to reattempt another ‘invasion’ of Sweden. I’ll be around on the internet, probably invading other corners and/or starting other blogs. I’m quite active on Tumblr, but I like to keep my tumblr page rather under wraps, so don’t be offended if I don’t reveal my tumblr identity to you!

Au revoir

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Swedish Scrabble – Alfapet

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Something Swedish

Whenever I teach an English course I always suggest different ways to practice the second language casually at home:

1) Read books you have read before in your own language
2) Read magazines or blogs about topics you’re interested in
3) Read or watch the news in your second language
4) Watch TV or movies with subtitles
5) Listen to music or audio books
6) Play games

Since I’ve moved to Sweden and started learning Swedish I have tried to integrate the language into my day to day life by doing as many of these things as possible. I especially like to use my Swedish while playing games – it makes language learning more fun, social and casual:
(As a sidenote: board games in Sweden are way more expensive than in the U.S., 300-500kr in stores, depending on the game)
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I’ve always enjoyed Scrabble, so I figured: What better way…

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