I’m still so unsure about where I am with all of this. Sometimes I feel like I’m really learning and making progress, but other times I feel so totally out of my depth. I’m at a point where I can recognise certain Swedish conversational phrases and can often understand simple sentences if I pay extra attention to them when reading, but I get so lost in the fact that things don’t translate directly all the time and spoken Swedish still sounds like complete nonsense to me – usually the only way I can ‘understand’ is by recognising a few words and picking up on context. (And having a thick Northern English accent really doesn’t help on the pronunciation front when trying to give a response!)
I can’t help but wonder what it takes to get past this stage.