(After) The Weekend Coffee Share 

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I decided to write a coffee share even though the weekend is long gone. We do need coffee even though it is not the weekend, right? 

I’ve been inventing different ways of encouraging my daughter to speak more Swedish every day. My inventive methods, I’ll get back to them in a minute, have kept me away from the computer. My daughter is making progress with her Swedish, but she often choose English because it is easier. A little too often. Of course it is OK for her to speak her native language, but it would be good for her to practice more Swedish so that she could start in a regular class, in a regular Swedish school close to where we live. Right now she is in a transitional school for people who only just came to Sweden (like her.) The transitional school is a little further from our house, but not terribly far. This temporary school is a stepping stone into the real school.

She attends an after school program close to our house, at the school where she is going to attend when she is more confident in her Swedish. She took some tests last week, and it is decided that she is going to attend an age appropriate class (many newly arrived children have to start classes below their age group.) She will start later this spring. We feel good about that.

My daughter loves to play different card games, and I agreed to play with her many hours this past weekend. I told her that I would play as long as she speaks only Swedish when we play. Her Swedish is much better than I thought! Playing long card games while speaking Swedish is a method I am going to keep using. 

I’ve made a similar “deal” with her reading. She have asked me to crochet a blanket with the colors of the rainbow for her. I agreed to work on it for one hour every night, if she reads to me at the same time. We’ve done that for the past ten days. Now you know why I haven’t been at my computer so much..the day only have so many hours. I work full time, and after work my priority have been to help my daughter find her way here in Sweden. I know from my own experience of moving to California 8,5 years ago how confusing it can be to adjust to not only a new language but new food, a new culture, a different climate and new people. 

I am planning some fun adventure traveling to other parts of Sweden this spring and summer, and I look forward to that. For now I am very happy with how things are progressing with our day-to-day life. I really enjoy my work, and my daughter is happy. We’ve made our new house our own now. We’ve started to grow alfalfa sprouts in the kitchen window like we always do, and we framed photos from our travels that we’ve put up around the house. Life is good. How are you doing? Would you like a refill on your coffee? 

Love,

Maria

20 Comments on “(After) The Weekend Coffee Share 

  1. Maria, I have read your post with great interest and understanding.
    I moved with a little daughter to England. She spoke no English at the time.
    As there are no transitional schools here she was in a class who all spoke
    another tongue.
    Children are clever though, through pointing and repeating both she and her class mates learnt new things. Quite funny. Another great help was TV. The
    programs looked so excited and after marching out ever so often she came back.
    She learnt English very well within a year, thanks to friends and TV …and I would like to think – from her mamma.
    All the best

    Miriam

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    • Thank you so much for sharing that Miriam! Children are amazing. My daughter takes swimming lessons every week, and I hope activities like that with other children is going to help her without it being “work”. (She actually learned to swim after we moved here, even though we had a pool in our backyard in Las Vegas!) The after school program is great as well, all the kids there are Swedish. She has friends there, but it is funny what you said about “pointing and repeating” when you don’t speak the same language. My daughter claims that her best friend is a girl that she shares a taxi with in the morning, to get to school. This beautiful girl have a name I cannot pronounce, and speaks a language I’ve never heard of. I don’t even know if it is an Arabic or African language. She just arrived as a refuge. The girls laugh and “talk”, share their fruits together every day. I love hearing about that! Thank you so much for your comment! I hope you are having a fabulous week!

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  2. Thanks for the refill on coffee! It sounds like you are doing great! And you have learned how to get her to speak more Swedish! Good for you! Everything will come in time!

    Happy Valentine’s Fay to you both!

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  3. So glad H is getting along in her Swedish, I’m sure she’ll master it in time. Kids are amazing learners!
    Have you been skiing yet? I’ve heard that parts of southern Sweden have little snow. We’re still below average and have been getting more rain than snow. Kind of messy!
    Happy Valentine’s Day on Friday. Is it a holiday in Sweden? ❤

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    • Thank you my friend ❤ Kids are amazing indeed. H best friend speaks no Swedish and no English, only a language I can not for the world pronounce (she is a refuge,) but they sure laugh together every day.
      I have not been skiing yet. We don't have any snow. That is sad. There is some snow in the mountains and further north. It is a big disappointment. Maybe big enough to move further north if it is like this next year as well. We will see. (Now I love my job so much.) H is suppose to ski with her school on Friday. She tried iceskating for the first time last week. Valentine's Day is becoming a big holiday here as well. I bought H a gift yesterday. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. I Loved sharing coffee with you today! I think that’s a great idea to share even when it’s past the weekend. I’ve often not shared because it’s the middle of the week. Silly really! LOVE hearing how things are going and totally understand there is only so many hours in the day. 😉

    Kids are amazing and are like sponges drinking up all that they learn!! I hope you and your daughter have a wonderful Valentine’s day! My hubby, daughter and I will be here in Hawaii for the 14th! We return home this next weekend. 😃❤️

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  5. That sounds great that your daughter is practicing Swedish and that she is improving every day. Great activities to help with the language.
    Growing sprouts like that is nice. I used to grow “smörgåskrasse” sometimes when I was growing up.
    Things are falling into place for both of you.
    Take care!

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      • No, I do not have any plans unfortunately to visit Sweden at this point.
        Yes, there was one of the “UFO clouds” that people saw just a few days ago. Very cool!
        We have a dry spell right now and the snow is even melting on Mt Shasta despite it being winter. Not good.

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    • Thank you! I was very late as well 🙂 I think life is busy for most people. It is good to see you here. We had a quiet, beautiful Valentine’s Day, just my daughter and I. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Australia? Here in Sweden we call it “Alla Hjärtans Dag”.

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  6. Yes we do valentines day but your native language makes it sound so much more beautiful. I love that it has become about celebrating everyone we treasure. I just stayed at home with the fam & one of my best friends came over & we had a drink out on the verandah. Very Aussie. lol

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