I have been studying Swedish off and on since the spring of 2010. Let me give you a little background and tell you I am NOT a language person. You know those people who just seem to get languages and pick them up like they have been speaking them their entire life, well that is not me. I am the complete opposite.
Merete has been my Swedish teacher since I decided studying a foreign language later in life was a good idea. I first met her as a continuing education student at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). When I began my studies, I could barely say hello (even though my husband reviewed this with me a 1000 times) and when Merete greeted me in Swedish as I walked in the classroom, I would just smile. I rarely knew what she was saying. A year and half later, thanks to the help and patience of Merete, I can read a little Swedish, I am able to chit chat a bit, but there are still times when I revert to my smiling technique because I am not sure what people are saying.
When we began studying professions in Swedish class, Merete learned I was a “fotograf.” Soon after, she asked me to photograph her business headshots. I was excited and nervous; excited to shoot at CU Boulder with all the cool buildings, but nervous she would only speak Swedish to me the entire time and I wouldn’t know what she was saying or how to respond. I feared she expected me to perform the entire shoot in Swedish. I am not sure why I thought this? Turns out, Merete did speak plenty of Swedish during the shoot, and unsure of most of what she said I just smiled and took photographs and spoke back to her in English. It all worked out fine.
Tack Merete för en fantastisk fotosession!