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The fact that so many Swedes are fluent in English is both a blessing and a curse for Swedish language learners. Non-native speakers can find it difficult to acquire the necessary Swedish language skills to succeed in daily life and work situations as the practice opportunities become too few. In order to enable a steep learning curve, Swedish for Professionals proudly presents ÖVNINGSTALAR.
The idea behind ÖVNINGSTALAR
The name övningstalar comes from the sign that learner drivers in Sweden put on the back of their cars: övningskör. The övningskör sign helps other drivers to be careful around the learner drivers and forgive them for any possible mistakes. Based on this iconic green and white sign saying, Swedish for Professionals has created ÖVNINGSTALAR to signify practice-speaking.
Övningskör – a Swedish learner driver
Övningstalar – a Swedish learner speaker
How does ÖVNINGSTALAR work?
THE SWEDISH LANGUAGE LEARNER
ÖVNINGSTALAR comes in the form of a pin. As a Swedish language learner, all you have to do is to wear the ÖVNINGSTALAR pin and let everyone around you know that you’re learning the language and that you would like to practice Swedish. They will be much more likely to help! ÖVNINGSTALAR is a great way to help you practice speaking Swedish with your colleagues and to help you acquire the necessary Swedish language skills to succeed in daily life and work situations. As a Swedish for Professionals course participant, you will get your övningstalar pin and we will introduce you and your colleagues to the övningstalar concept!
THE NATIVE SWEDISH SPEAKER
ÖVNINGSTALAR makes you aware that the person is new to speaking Swedish, but he/she is keen on practicing the language. When you see this sign, you may respond in Swedish and in the same way you would to someone who is practicing driving: slow down and give the learner more time to express themselves. With this in mind, the learners will be able to take their speaking-license in no time! We believe that this will be a useful tool for your company and your international colleagues. ÖVNINGSTALAR will provide an encouragement for them to speak Swedish in their everyday lives!