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23 April 2014 @ 02:26

quick middle-of-the-night update

physical mail about TISUS came, it’s further info on my test. all 3 tests will be on the 6th. 2 possible topics for spoken exam, about housing requirements (ex. “how did people live in the past, what about our housing situation today, we don’t have enough houses are we too strict for what counts as a house?”

and “status-hunters”, “some people want status and others don’t care, have different things given different statuses compared to the past, etc”

will take photos of the actual things tomorrow. 14 days until the test. *breathes in, breathes out* i have to begin studying!!


Tags: #TISUS #miscellanious updates
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22 April 2014 @ 15:43

renewing living permit

wellll it’s official, i’ve been in sweden for two years very soon. my permit was issued in april 2012 for the first time but i actually moved in june.

notes from renewing the permit -

Har den sökande varit utanför Sverige mer än tre veckor i rad sedan han/hon flyttade till Sverige?” / Has the one searching (for permit renewal) been outside of Sweden for more than three weeks in a row since they moved to Sweden?

hm… i knew you couldn’t stay anywhere longer than a year or you have to totally restart the citizenship process (all the time you spent there before gets erased), but i didn’t know even a three-week trip could change things…

unlike iceland, the swedish renewal seems to be super fast and simple. they emailed both me and my wife today saying my permit expires soon, and if i renew it online, they’ll give me a response within five days. similarly when i very first applied to get the permit, since we married for it and applied as a married couple, it got accepted within two weeks. unlike iceland where you actually have to physically bring all the papers to them, and they’ll decide in like…. months… and in iceland there was no interview, but in sweden for the first time i had to get an interview. maybe that’s only a difference between a student and spouse permit though.

although they’re saying that they don’t normally email to remind people.. it’s true, iceland never reminded me either… it can’t be so hard for them to just send reminders, it’s really helpful.

Hej,

Det här är ett meddelande från Migrationsverket. Eftersom ditt tillstånd snart går ut vill vi tipsa dig om att du kan ansöka om förlängning direkt på vår webbplats.

Obs! Har du ett tillstånd som inte går ut snart, eller redan ansökt eller fått ditt uppehållstillstånd förlängt kan du bortse ifrån det här meddelandet.

Att ansöka på webben är:

·       Snabbare – du får beslut inom 5 arbetsdagar om ansökan är komplett

·       Tryggare – du får information om vad som ska skickas med i ansökan. Det blir lättare att göra rätt

·       Säkrare – när du är klar får du ett kvitto på att ansökan kommit fram till Migrationsverket

En komplett ansökan innehåller alla de uppgifter och underlag som vi behöver för att fatta ett beslut. Är ansökan inte komplett, alltså att vi saknar något från dig, kommer vi att kontakta dig inom 5 arbetsdagar och berätta vilken information vi behöver för att ta ett beslut och informera om en ungefärlig väntetid.

Ansökan kan lämnas in tidigast 30 dagar innan ditt nuvarande tillstånd går ut. Läs mer om hur du gör för att ansöka om förlängning på webben: http://www.migrationsverket.se/5dagar?ansok

Har du frågor om detta e-postmeddelande kan du kontakta Migrationsverkets Kundtjänst, se www.migrationsverket.se

Normalt sett skickar inte Migrationsverket ut någon påminnelse om att förlänga tillstånd, men det här meddelandet har skickats till dig enbart för att informera om webbansökan. Du kommer inte få något mer e-postmeddelande om att förlänga ditt tillstånd.

Med vänliga hälsningar,

Migrationsverket


Tags: #miscellanious updates #sverige #sweden #study abroad #living abroad
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18 April 2014 @ 09:11

sigh

looking at all these jobs… by far most of them are for nurses or nurse-like positions (ex. personal assistant to elderly/disabled people). then there’s a whole lot of “stand around in the town square bugging random people” and “telemarketer” jobs. then some some for very random and diverse teaching positions. the IT positions are really detailed in what they want. there’s always some cook positions so that’s why i’m looking into chef school.

if i got a job in stockholm it might not even pay enough to be worth the fare/time going back and forth every day so i haven’t bothered looking there but i might have to get really desperate… i am almost blind and i’d never been on a train before moving to sweden, so the train platform is honestly really confusing and difficult for me to navigate… i looked at stockholm jobs too, those that were around that i could potentially get were only part-time (ex. 8 hours a week) and definitely wouldn’t be worth the trip there and back.

basically everything requires experience, even working at a pizza place was asking for 3 years’ experience! otherwise you need a driver’s license (or both). jobs that my wife could have otherwise gotten, she can’t get since she can’t drive… you even had to have a driver’s license just to work at some shops in town.

there was one jobs i would have been perfect for, basically it was teaching english, the only problem was that it was for the swedish military so i have to be a swedish citizen in order to get the job. so sadly i can’t get what’s halfway my dream job just because of that. sigh. all i want is to work at some café… i’ll watch kids at this point, or be a house-cleaner… i might even risk working outdoors except there’s no outdoor jobs anyway…

it would be fine for me to have a factory job. packing coffee or gutting fish. i would be able to shear sheep or butcher things (not sure about killing them myself, but i could probably get over that hurdle) - i already know i can butcher/dissect stuff with no emotional turmoil or anything. yet there are no jobs like that. actually i would really love to have a job of gutting fish, at least emotionally, it sounds silly but that kind of job feels like a “real” job. plus i like not having too many responsibilities.


Tags: #miscellanious updates

18 April 2014 @ 08:47

just sent in my application to work at the circus selling popcorn for four days….
edit: got an auto-response email:"…Då vi får tusentals ansökningar så har vi tyvärr inte möjlighet att höra av oss till alla som inte får jobb."
well, that sums it up. no way am i getting even this kind of job. i want to go cry somewhere in a corner…. it’s really cemented my decision though. i HAVE to enrol in chef school and somehow make it work despite my eyes. i’ll go crazy from being jobless for another three years while i wait for some kind of degree which likely won’t get me any jobs either.
x
my (wife’s parents’) house Is Not A Good House. i have to get out of here, for my sanity… in some ways i had better mental health in reykjavík, i mean at least there i was allowed to clean and there weren’t any hoarders…
i’m not a swedish citizen so i can’t get paid for going to school and i don’t have any friends or contacts. my wife’s parents don’t have any friends or contacts. my wife and her siblings don’t have any friends or contacts (guess what - they all have weird social phobias and in mom’s case she “hates all swedes and uppsala people”). the unemployment office can’t help me because i don’t have any previous work/a career from my home country. and no, it’s NOTHING special that i speak english as everyone else does too - but if i spoke arabic, thai or a number of other more minor local languages… 
i have some friends in uppsala and stockholm that i made online, guess what, they’re all just as unemployed as me.
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just sent in my application to work at the circus selling popcorn for four days….

edit: got an auto-response email:
"…Då vi får tusentals ansökningar så har vi tyvärr inte möjlighet att höra av oss till alla som inte får jobb."

well, that sums it up. no way am i getting even this kind of job. i want to go cry somewhere in a corner…. it’s really cemented my decision though. i HAVE to enrol in chef school and somehow make it work despite my eyes. i’ll go crazy from being jobless for another three years while i wait for some kind of degree which likely won’t get me any jobs either.

x

my (wife’s parents’) house Is Not A Good House. i have to get out of here, for my sanity… in some ways i had better mental health in reykjavík, i mean at least there i was allowed to clean and there weren’t any hoarders…

i’m not a swedish citizen so i can’t get paid for going to school and i don’t have any friends or contacts. my wife’s parents don’t have any friends or contacts. my wife and her siblings don’t have any friends or contacts (guess what - they all have weird social phobias and in mom’s case she “hates all swedes and uppsala people”). the unemployment office can’t help me because i don’t have any previous work/a career from my home country. and no, it’s NOTHING special that i speak english as everyone else does too - but if i spoke arabic, thai or a number of other more minor local languages…

i have some friends in uppsala and stockholm that i made online, guess what, they’re all just as unemployed as me.


Tags: #miscellanious updates #arbetslös #arbetslöshet
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12 April 2014 @ 15:48

learnt that # à # means “# to #”, ex. 7 - 2 or 9 to 7.

learnt the words fräsa “quickly/lightly fry”
passera “strain” (as in a colander)
ösa “pour”, in this case “pour (the mixture) into a container”

learnt that D : o : (or d.o. or whatever) stands for “ditto”. In the case above, it means “the recipe in this paragraph is for the same thing as the paragraph directly above (tomato sauce), it’s just another version of tomato sauce”.


Tags: #svenska #swedish #plumbroths swedish #vocabulary #miscellanious updates
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10 April 2014 @ 16:37

TISUS

I registered for the TISUS the other day, today I got an email saying “thanks, we’ll send you more info later”, now I clicked to read all the guidelines for passing since I was too scared to before (except for the reading one)…. HUGE RELIEF.

The writing section is “write 400 words or a bit more on a general topic we assign, Swedish-Swedish dictionary available”. 400 words is like three paragraphs! and they’re going to give me like 2.5 hours to write this plus giving me an “inspiration paper” that has some quotes and stuff about the topic!

The speaking section is “we’ll give you a topic beforehand and you should research about it and learn some vocab for it, and then you’ll do a little conversation speaking with another test-taker and a little alone speaking”. So, exactly the same testing style as in Iceland and SFI except they actually give you the topic some days before the exam and not just during the exam.

An example topic was “what about work, what can you do if you’ve chosen the wrong career? should the government choose careers for people or should people choose for themselves?” sort of stuff. and the so-called keywords you should know is just stuff like “unemployment”, “job market”.

so… really, really easy. a lot easier than i thought. i thought it was going to be a few pages of essay and you were supposed to conduct yourself reaaally well on the spoken exam (almost fluently). unfortunately their video example of a passing spoken exam doesn’t work…

the exam is in almost exactly a month from now… so i have to start speaking only in swedish at home, and writing a lot more in swedish… i know i keep saying i have to do that but i just haven’t done it out of laziness.

Hej!

Tack för din anmälan till Tisus den 6-7 maj 2014!

Ungefär två veckor före provet skickar vi ut information om tider, platser samt de muntliga ämnen som du ska förbereda.

På tisdag den 6 maj börjar vi med att alla anmälda gör läsprovet med start klockan 09.00 och det skriftliga provet med start klockan 11.00. Det muntliga provet görs sedan i grupper om 2-3 studenter på tisdag eftermiddag (och slutar senast 18.00) eller onsdag (med start tidigast 09.00). Det tar cirka 30-40 minuter.

Det finns ett typprov finns på hemsidan: http://www.nordiska.su.se/pub/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=2570

Vänliga hälsningar


Tags: #TISUS #plumbroths swedish #svenska för invandrare #learn swedish

08 April 2014 @ 18:56

Ja visst gör det ont

I was told that there’s a famous poem written by a lady from our town, here is an audio recording of it. and here’s the swedish text.

And here I translated it (as best as I was able, anyway - I’m never ever going to be a fiction or poetry translator because it’s so difficult for me and there’s so many words i don’t know etc). anyway, it’s about springtime, 90% sure i translated some words wrong but i reaaaally don’t care:

Yes, certainly it pains when buds burst.
Why should, otherwise, spring hesitate?
Why should all our hot longing
be bound in the frozen, bitter-blanch?
The shell was indeed the bud, the whole winter.
What is this newness, that consumes and busts?
Yes, certainly it pains when buds burst,
pain for that which grows
                              and that which ends.

Yes, difficult enough it is when drops fall.
Shuddering of anxiety, heavily they hang,
clinging themselves to the branches, swelling, gliding -  
the weight draws them downwards, how they cling (together).
Difficult to be uncertain, scared and divided,
difficult to feel the deep draw and call,
even so, sitting, remaining, and simply trembling -  
difficult to wish to stay
                              and wish to fall.

Then, when it is worst and nothing helps,
Bursting, as in jubilation, the tree’s buds,
fall in a glitter of the branch’s drops
forgetting that they were scared of the new
forgetting that they were worried for the trip -
feeling (for) a second their greatest safety,
resting in the trust
                              that creates the world.

in other news, today i watched a swedish documentary about a woman who was a fitness rehabilitator and then after she had two kids who had some strange thing where it made it increasingly difficult to walk throughout their lives, finally when the kids were about 20 she shot them and then shot herself and they all three died… now i might watch one about how the M16 and the CIA were going to build an underground tunnel beneath Berlin for spys during the cold war


Tags: #Ja visst gör det ont #plumbroths swedish #miscellanious updates #translation #translations
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07 April 2014 @ 22:19

why i'm not getting any better at swedish


wife: jag oroar mig hur mkt jag vill 👻 skaru äta nå mer ida (I'll worry myself as much as I want. shall u eat sumthing more 2day?)
me: nejjjj (nooo)
wife: tjockis (fatty)
fetto (fatso)
me: du är tjockisen (you're the fatty)
wife: hihihihi 🍪🍩🍫
har du tillräckligt me thé (do you have 'nough tea)
me: jepp (yep)
wife: (jag ska stava allting fel på svenska så du måste tänka mkt) (I'll spell everything wrong in swedish so you have to think a lot)
ja kanske kommr ut om en stund ('ll mayB come out in a while)
men ska titta på lite fler videor o gå på toa etc..... (but shall look at a few more videos & go to the bathroom etc...)
förrexten är d nåra roliga texter i mitt texthäfte från kursen (btw there's sum funny passages in my textbook from the course)
med Z och sånt (with Z and such)
som du gillar (that you like)
me: jippi! (yippe!)
wife: o typ dom skrev Z för "eth"/"edh" (& like they wrote Z for "eth/edh")
vet inte om du vet de redan (dunno if you already know)
så det står "mz" (so it says "mz")
men d betyder "med" (medh) (but it means "medh" (with))
me: nej, det visste jag inte (no, that i didn't know)
"Har du ingen egenskap som du är stolt över? ("don't you have some trait that you're proud of?")
– Jag är kritiskt. Det är en mycket positiv egenskap här i Sverige där alla säger “Bää, bää, bää”. Jag säger till när något är slut eller fattas i matbutiken." ("I am critical. that's a very positive trait here in sweden where everyone says "baa, baa, baa". I let it be known when something has run out or is missing in the grocery store.")
wife: oj vilket mod (wow what courage)
OSTEN ÄR SLUT ICAJÄVLAR (THE CHEESE HAS RUN OUT, FUCKING ICA)
VAFAN ÄR DET FÖR STIL EGENTLIGEN (WHAT THE HELL KIND OF SERVICE IS THIS REALLY)

Tags: #plumbroths swedish #miscellanious updates #svenska #swedish
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06 April 2014 @ 17:04

stuff i’ve learnt

musik, det är roligt det!
du är dum, du!
han är en riktig snygging, han!

"why do you repeat it?" because in swedish it’s the same as "he’s real handsome, he is”. it’s just that you can’t say är/is afterwards (unless you say “that he is” instead of just “he (is)”)


Tags: #svenska #swedish #miscellanious updates #vocabulary

06 April 2014 @ 13:50

also this one

lol

/dances away (p.s. i don’t care about that previous song but my wife loves it)


Tags: #music
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