I’ve wanted to learn Swedish for some time now—ever since I met my Swedish wife, actually. It’s just always been too much to take on, and too daunting of a task.
Having spent some time in Sweden with my wife’s family and friends, I’ve gained a basic grasp of the language and culture. This led to the opportunity for me to have one of my screenplays translated into Swedish, and I will be directing the movie, which is set to start production later this year. If I’m going to do the best job I can, I need to be able to communicate with, and more importantly, understand, my cast and crew. I also want to be able to read the translated script and understand it as well as I understand the one in English. Yes, these are big goals, being able to comfortably use a new language in a short period of time, but it really will make me a better part of the set.
When it came to choosing a learning method, I knew right away that I wanted to go with Rosetta Stone—I needed something that was going to be effective enough that I could learn at a quick rate, and it needed to be fun enough to keep me excited. Swedish is really hard … but the shoot date is approaching quickly and I don’t have time to get frustrated and discouraged.
When I first opened up the software, the first thing I thought was how much it feels like a game – this is a promising start! At first I was a little taken aback by the use of pictures and repetition, and how different it is from the way I learned back in school. But once I got into it, I realised that it’s helping me put things together and understand how the language works, as opposed to just repeating words.
I’m now a few days into the program, and I’ve already started learning full sentences. And while I still tease my wife about how difficult her language is, I am having a lot of fun … I think I’m actually going to pull this off.