I am learning Portuguese. My roommate is from Brazil and is helping me. I also use RosettaStone
- it is a good program, but a bit expensive. I do plan to vist Brazil, but am mostly learning for personal interest. It has always bugged me that ,like most Americans, I only know English. I took French in college and studied some Russian on my own, but forgot the little I knew of both these languages. I studied some basic Dutch pharses before I went to Holland, but once there everyone spoke English so I didn't practice/use any of the little I knew. My grandmother was Swedish and though I learned a few isolated words/phrases from her at the time I really didn't have much of an interest in learning. I wish I could go back and used that opportunity to learn more. I still know how to say "correts" in Swedish though
. I was in Hawaii and met a Swedish family and said "correts" in Swedish. They laughed and told me they could understand, but that my accent was very thick. I dubbled in a few other languages, but I figured learning Portuguese would be the most realistic since I live with a native Portugese speaker.
Don't let the ignorant people get to you. Learning a language (or anything) has value in itself. Also it will be great when you can speak Swedish with your Swedish friends. Knowing another lanuage also gives you a better understandng of your own language.