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Learning the Swedish language

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

In case you were unaware, my girlfriend (Caroline) is Swedish, and occasionally we visit her family in Lund. The last time we visited, her parents expected me to know some of the Swedish language. This left me embarrassed as I had to admit that my ability to speak in their language was poor at best. To make things worse, under interrogation, the words that I thought I knew, I  forgot when put on the spot.

This experience not only left me looking like I lacked intelligence, it also make me look like I was ignorant of their culture. The latter, is at least true. My last visit to Sweden was four months ago and if anything I know even less of the language now than I did then.

This is a serious problem, the next time I visit they are going to expect me to be able to understand a variety of different words at least speak a few sentences.

So what’s the solution? I was running this morning in the gym and saw a commercial about Rosetta Stone – “It helps you to learn a new language naturally, the way you learn your native language as a child.”

The commercial looked pretty cool, it featured some kids throwing a ball about – Seeming a lot easier to use than the CD I currently have which pronounces words and then expects you to remember them. The problem is, the program costs £169, and that’s only for level 1.

I probably only need to master level 1 to gain approval from the parents – Is that worth £169?

For the value of a language program, I could buy: four nights out with my mates drinking; six Newcastle tickets for home matches and a balti pie to eat during every half-time; a years membership at my local gym; One copy of my University lecturer’s book, Online Public Relations, for £17.94 at Amazon and 300 cups of coffee from the University canteen to drink while I read it; one night at Aspers Casino or many other alternatives.

This decision is even harder than the one I had to make when choosing which political party to vote for in the general election.

Below is video advert for Rosetta Stone, pretty condescending I think.

Anyone know any cheaper language programs? Please let me know.

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Who is the best at poker: England VS Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

There has long been an ongoing debate about which country can produce the best home grown talent when it comes to the game of poker. For this post, I am going to compare Sweden’s, Eric Friberg, a well known and respected younger player, to David ‘devilfish’ Ulliott, an English veteran in the game.

It is common knowledge in the poker world that Swedish players tend to  have more aggressive tendencies towards  their game compared to English players.

Is this a positive quality or could it be considered reckless play?

If Sweden’s population was as dense as England’s, would Swedish players be winning as many tournaments as their counterparts?

Below are the profiles of two famous and successful poker players, one Swedish and the other English.

Erik Friberg

Eric Friberg

Eric Friberg, 27, is one of the many established and professional Swedish poker players currently playing in the high stakes cash games and tournaments.

His style, typical of a Swedish player, is very aggressive. If you are not familiar with some poker terminology, the term ‘aggressive,’ in this context, means he likes to play a lot of hands, with a lot of chips, all of the time.

Friberg’s best accomplishment to date, is coming eighth in the 2006 World Series Of Poker main event. For this triumph, he took home just under $2,000,000 dollars.

Friberg also finished in 26th place in the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour and first in the Swedish Poker Challenge, earning $87,287 dollars.

Eric left his University studies to play Poker full time. He claims that it didn’t go too well at first but soon picked up. He has never had a proper job before and says he regrets not working earlier to help him appreciate the real value of money.

When asking him why Swedish players are so good? He replied: “We think a lot about poker and play smart”. He also explained: “There are many talented and skilled Swedish players with the potential to win an event like this. For example, the high-limit games on the Internet are owned by Swedish players these days.”

Dave Ulliott

Dave Ulliott, predominantly know as ‘The Devilfish,’ is arguably one of Britain’s best poker players and is definitely one of Britain’s best known.

Ulliott started out hosting his own poker nights and playing in other peoples’ houses. He rapidly developed his intuition of the game and was shortly taking his pals for reasonable amounts of money. He shortly found himself being excluded from games as his friends were sick of constantly losing their money to him.

He then moved on to playing in casinos and was a regular playing in the Victoria Casino in London. He liked to travel and play and was known to play poker in up to five difference cities in one day.

He grew up in a small council house in a working class area and throughout his early life spent spells in prison. At the height of his criminal activity he was part of a a safe-cracking team, targeting tobacconists, off-licenses and garages.

Ulliott won the first season of the World Poker Tour, outlasting 160 players and earning $589,175. He also finished third in the sixth season of the W.P.T classic championship event in 2007, earning $674,5000.

As of 2009, Ulliott’s total live tournament winnings exceed $5,600,000, making him  the highest-earning British poker player.

Both of these players are highly successful and still continue to make massive amounts of money.

Is Friberg correct in saying that Swedish players “own the online game”?

Which of these do you consider to be the most successful? One has more career earnings but the other is a lot younger and has a promising future.

Please state your opinions below in the comment section.

The city where bicycles dominate

Posted in 1, Sweden with tags , , , on March 1, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

After reading through some of the comments on this blog I came across a brilliant video someone had referenced to me, made by the BBC.

It talks about Lund and its popular bicycle culture….very interesting and a must share for the TotallySweden Blog and the rest of the blogosphere!

If you havn’t already clicked the above link, CLICK HERE

Enjoy!

Totally Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Firstly, a big hello to anyone who is reading my blog.

My name is Stephen, I am a 22 year old male from Newcastle Upon Tyne. I am currently studying Public Relations at Sunderland University.

I am writing this blog to discuss the differences between Swedish and English culture.

My girlfriend has recently moved over from Lund, Sweden. She currently has not met any other Swedish people in Newcastle. I am curious to see if there are many, if any out there.

I am using this blog as a tool to try and reach other Swedish people living in the North East in the hope that she can meet and make friends with others from her homeland.

Please feel free to comment, ESPECIALLY if you are from Sweden, living in Newcastle.