During the fall of 2016, I had the opportunity to go on an exchange semester in Kingston, Canada. It was an experience of a lifetime– getting the chance to make new friends from all over the world and exchange ideas, experiences and cultures was just amazing. Living and studying in a new country with a culture you’re not used to can be challenging at first, but it’s something you learn and grow from.
I speak two languages fluently, Swedish and English. I can speak Spanish to a certain extent, but I understand more than I can talk. English has always been my favorite subject in school, and it’s such a good language to know. People from all over the world will be able to understand you once you speak it. In school I’ve studied Spanish for approximately seven years; someday I hope to live in a Spanish speaking country to be able to speak it fluently. I think the hardest part with Spanish is the talking, but practice makes perfect! I’m also just starting to learn Mandarin; it’s really challenging since it’s nothing like the Swedish language, but it’s a lot of fun and I’m excited to learn more!
I’ve been working with Swedish for Professionals since the fall of 2015 and I loved it from the start. I’ve had the opportunity to work with both individuals and groups and I’ve really enjoyed teaching Swedish. During the summer of 2016, I had the chance to work as a Sales and Marketing Intern at the office and to be able to work with such a great team was such a privilege.
One of my favorite memories as a language coach (yes there’s a bunch of them) is when I was teaching a group at a company working with different kinds of technologies. During one of my classes, the students totally outshone me with their knowledge about all of the different kinds of drones and how they function. It was great to see how eager everyone was to communicate their knowledge, and how this made speaking Swedish easier and not as scary.
During high school I worked as a reporter at a local newspaper where I learned the importance of phrasing and wording; my curiosity for languages grew. Since then I’ve worked within customer service where I had to communicate in both Swedish and English. This improved my interpersonal and communicative skills, and I’ve now worked as a language coach at Swedish for Professionals since 2015.
The best thing about teaching as a language coach is that you get to meet amazing people with different backgrounds learning Swedish together. It’s incredible to see how each person develops and how everyone’s confidence in using the language grows every week. Teaching gives me a lot of energy!