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Quote from: Pongo on August 19, 2021, 08:44:22I first heard the Cure in 1985
Quote from: dsanchez on August 20, 2021, 00:01:08welcome to curefans! where do you live in Sweden if I may ask? Lovely country, been to Stockholm a few times
Quote from: SueC on August 20, 2021, 00:49:11In an ideal world, Swedish is one of the languages I would learn, along with Icelandic, Japanese and Swahili. We don't live in an ideal world but maybe you could occasionally drop in a Swedish word or two so we can learn a little by osmosis! Looking forward to having you in the conversations.
Quote from: Ulrich on August 20, 2021, 10:07:05Welcome, Pongo!Quote from: Pongo on August 19, 2021, 08:44:22I first heard the Cure in 1985Me too!
Quote from: Pongo on August 26, 2021, 09:40:19I'm rather sure I saw a feature of the making of the video for Inbetween days on the obsolete TV channel Music Box when I was on a skiing holiday.
Quote from: Ulrich on August 26, 2021, 14:25:11Was it this?
Quote from: Pongo on August 26, 2021, 09:40:19Nice that there are people interested in languages here. It is one of my passions. Can't help you much with those languages, although Icelandic is remotely intelligible to a Swedish person. Though it is trickier than Norwegian and Danish, which are nearly dialects of Swedish. I have a rudimentary understanding of French and can get by reasonably well in German. Would very much like to know more languages.Språkskolan börjar nu: - Det skulle vara lätt för mig att säga att jag inte hittar hem men det gör jag, tror jag.
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49Thank goodness for Google Translate! What do you mean, you could say you can't find home but you do?
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49..and I looove the Danish novel Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow...
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49It might surprise you to learn that my husband and I go hiking in Denmark about twice a month.
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49@Ulrich, for instance, is a historical buff who loves castles and old architecture - something I love too but we don't have much of in Australia, and I get vicarious tours of stuff like that from him.
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49My favourite children's book series author when I was growing up was Swedish - and no, it wasn't Pippi Långstrump
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49I may be a tiny little bit related to you, because I have a little bit of Viking DNA!
Quote from: SueC on August 27, 2021, 10:56:49Looking forward to learning stuff from you!
Quote from: Pongo on August 27, 2021, 15:21:19All of our foreign language television is subtitled. That's one reason Swedish people in general understand English very well. A funny thing is that I, as well as many I know, keep reading the subtitles even if we understand what's being said. It's like a habit that you can't shake off. And it makes you spot whenever the translators have made a mistake.
Quote from: Pongo on August 27, 2021, 15:21:19Denmark looks beautiful. Will share pics of my hikes. Now it's mushroom season so we're hoping to find some time during the weekend to get out into the woods. We'll be moving in October so we have to spend most of the free time packing and arranging things, but there must be some time to get out as well.
Quote from: Pongo on August 27, 2021, 15:21:19We have our share of that stuff around here as well. There are also a great deal of rock carvings and rune stones where we are usually going on our hikes. The rune stones are rather fascinating pieces of art. But what is written on them are usually utterly boring. They normally start off with the rune alphabet, then almost invariably they say things like: "Halvbjörn erected this stone in honour of his fallen brother Enar, who had a large boat, God help his soul".
Quote from: Pongo on August 27, 2021, 15:21:19I have had my problems with Pippi as well. I kind of liked that she could do whatever she wanted to do but she mostly did silly things with that freedom. And she's sometimes respectless for no reason at all. My parents thought it was a good read for me even though it wasn't exactly what they were trying to teach me. They had more the approach that it is fine to do whatever you want to when you have shown that you know what the best thing to do is and when you can take responsibility for your actions.
Quote from: Pongo on August 27, 2021, 15:21:19Anyway, there are other of Astrid Lindgren's characters that I like more. And less. Karlsson is an awful bully.
Quote from: Pongo on August 27, 2021, 15:21:19Maybe I can teach you how to say:Sju sjösjuka sjömän sköttes av sju sköna sjuksköterskor.And until the next time, you can try and figure out what this means:Far, får får får? Nej, får får inte får, får får lamm.
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11Years ago I met a Dutch woman who'd emigrated to Australia, who had a distinct American accent. She says it's because she learnt English mostly by watching American films!
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11Are you looking forward to moving away from the city? Was it a deliberate decision - like a "tree change"? We made a deliberate move onto a smallholding ten years ago and it's very peaceful. Also a better place to be in a pandemic!
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11Looking forward to some pictures of Swedish countryside.
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11It is possible that rune stones are more enjoyable if you can't read them and are only looking at them aesthetically. Unless of course, inscriptions like this tickle your sense of humour!
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11It sounds like your parents had an intelligent attitude to parenting.
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11Have you tried saying, Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather (and repeat this!) really fast?
Quote from: SueC on August 28, 2021, 11:41:11So the kid is asking if sheep have sheep, and the father says they have lambs, but there's some other word play I am missing! Which you can perhaps fill me in on!
Quote from: Pongo on August 31, 2021, 09:43:23Many people here are speaking English with a pseudo American accent, surely mostly because of the content they consume. When I grew up we were taught the British (RP, in effect) pronunciation, now you are allowed to choose between British and American in School. I prefer the British but I'm not trying to sound British in particular. I guess it's easy to hear the Swedish sounds coming through.
Quote from: Pongo on August 31, 2021, 09:43:23The fact is that I probably speak more English than Swedish these days. 95% of work conversation is in English. I speak mostly English with my girlfriend, who is German. She is fluent in Swedish but we have sort of decided that English is our language. Sometimes though, it's an unholy mix of English, German and Swedish. Invariably, though, we speak Swedish with the dog.
Quote from: Pongo on August 31, 2021, 09:43:23...All in all we're looking at moving chaos and living in the middle of construction for years to come.So we decided to move. The housing market in Stockholm is terrible. Finding a place to rent is a full time job and it may last for years, unless you are willing to rent second hand or find yourself in an unattractive or dodgy area, or a place with poor communication. The option is to take out a loan and buy something. But we can't see ourselves maxing our budget and buy something that is half good. So we started looking outside the main Stockholm area.We have a summer cottage near the smalltown Enköping, so we started looking there. And we found a quirky flat in the middle of town that is special enough for us to decide to get it. The price we paid for it would get us a rather boring flat in a suburb. Prices for flats are ridiculous in Stockholm. So that was the necessity reason. I also feel that I don't really need to live in the city. Yes, I enjoy going to the odd concert, sports event or eat at a nice restaurant every now and then. The good thing is that I'll still be able to do all that. My girlfriend will be commuting to work daily, and me maybe a couple of times per month (we'll see about that, I haven't been to the office since March 2020). I also have children from a previous relationship, and I'll have to pick them up a couple of times per month. That should, at least in theory, work just as well as it is doing now.Maybe we won't like the smalltown. Then we can always move back. We'll see. I'm optimistic.
Quote from: Pongo on August 31, 2021, 09:43:23You didn't say who the Swedish author that you liked was.
Quote from: SueC on September 02, 2021, 03:14:22Good luck with all of that! I'd not want to stay in the city with all that renovation drama going on either; this seems like a good opportunity for trying out a different kind of life. Is there good public transport to Stockholm from Enköping?
Quote from: SueC on September 02, 2021, 03:14:22...only frog calls at night,
Quote from: SueC on September 02, 2021, 03:14:22So I got the meaning, but I wondered about the significance of the word repetitions for får. Is it simply like the usage in, "Many, many, many moons ago..." or is there something more complicated going on?