I recently checked the ‘Teach Yourself Swedish’ book and audio CD set out from my local library, and have so far been doing a chapter a night. The book is very easy to follow, and I’ve already learned a bunch of new words and can already construct simple sentences! I think if I continue studying every day, I’ll definitely be well on my way to speaking and understand everyday Swedish!
I’m constantly worrying. I worry about everything – relationships, school, what to eat, where I’m going to live when I graduate – and I think it’s time that stopped. If I can learn to live in the present, the future will be better, and if the future is better, there is no reason to worry in the first place.
I know I can do this. It’s going to be HARD, but I’m going to force myself to appreciate life as it is NOW.
I feel like my inhibitions restrict me on a daily basis. They stop me from talking to new people, they stop me from trying new foods or activities. I’m realizing now that it’s time for me to throw caution to the wind and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. This is MY LIFE, not anybody else’s, and I no longer want others to have control over it.
Let’s see if I can remember numbers 0-20 in Swedish:
I’m so proud of myself! Yay!
So I’ve been doing pretty well, and have actually been in bed by 11pm most nights. But tonight I was studying Swedish and now it’s already 12am! I wish time didn’t go by so quickly when you’re on the computer!
So I took the math test this morning and I actually think I did well! I knew all the answers to the problems (for once) and when I checked my answers, they came out right. I’m really proud of myself, because I’m really not good at math at all. I just don’t understand it.
Well, I haven’t gotten the grade yet, so I’m hoping I did as well as I think!
I kayaked on a trip this summer and I absolutely LOVE it. I want to get better at it and hopefully do some more this year! It’s just a great way to be in the water.
I’m thinking Spain, Costa Rica, France, or Sweden. I’ve been planning on it forever, but I just can’t decide between the countries! I also don’t know whether to go my senior year, the year after, or during college. So many different choices!
I really hate being shy. It’s like this: I really WANT to talk to people more. I just… can’t. I’ll think of something to say to someone, but I’ll never actually say it. I’ve never even had a boyfriend, because I never talk to guys!
I’m so sick of being shy and feeling alone. I need to get out there and just TALK! I know I worry too much about what people think of me, and I really should stop that. Worrying doesn’t get you anywhere!
From now on I’m going to push myself to talk to people more, but not be hard on myself if I have a day where I just can’t. I need to break out of my shell!
My New Years Resolution was to start working out and to get toned. So far I haven’t missed a workout (save for a week when I had the flu) and I definately see some changes in my body! My arms are stronger, my muscles are more defined, and my abs are tighter. I feel great about it!
I took a trip to Europe in March for a month, so when I got back to the US I decided I was going to get used to getting to bed earlier.
So far it’s actually been working out (partly do to the fact that I have to get to a class by 8 o’clock). I’ve been getting to bed by at the latest 11pm every night, which is definately an improvement over 2 or 3 in the morning!
Well, I’ve decided to take on the Swedish language. I’m not exactly sure why I like Swedish so much, but I do.
I found a really neat site, where you can download a free program called “Before You Know It”, and I’ve just started learning numbers. It seems to be a really nice program so far. I’ve only had it downloaded for maybe 20 minutes, and I already know numbers 0 – 20!
I already know Spanish, and I guess I feel like I need to get a Germanic language under my belt. Sweden just seems like such a neat place, and I’d love to be able to speak at least a little bit if I ever visit there.
I just need to make sure I’m not too hard on myself, and I need to be patient. I know Germanic languages can be trickier than romance languages (Spanish was really easy for me), so I’m taking that into account.
I really want to do this! :)