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Native English speakers in Dalarna

Are there any, if so, where do we meet?

Garry Jones
post 18.Jun.2012, 01:14 PM
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Joined: 20.Feb.2005

I am in Mora. Lived here since 1988. We are about 11 English guys living in Mora. I believe all but one has broken up with the women we moved here for. Most of the other lads get together for live football games and the like, but I find little time for that now as I work odd hours.

I am a Londoner, there are two more London lads here, then there are guys from Lancashire, Dorset, Brighton and Middelesboro. Plus a few more I can't place at the moment. There was an English woman who moved here about 11 years ago to a Swedish guy but I don't know what became of her. Another English lass (from Hull) lives outside Borlänge.

I have a fairly large contact network of expats down in Stockholm and often visit to get the feeling of a home from home. (Even I live Mora it's still nice to touch base).

Tomorrow I am off down to Stockholm to watch the England game at the Tudor Arms. - Most of the lads I know will be around. For me that suffices nowadays, just a night or two in the Tudor a few times a year and I'm happy in Dalarna the rest of the year.
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post 18.Jun.2012, 01:36 PM
Post #17

Hi. I moved to Säter last year and am loving the life here but don't have any contact with other native English speakers.

If anyone local fancies meeting up drop me a mail at [email protected]
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post 18.Jun.2012, 03:45 PM
Post #18
Joined: 12.Jun.2012

I studied SFI in Enköping for 3 months. I learnt a lot in the first two months and very little in the last month so I left. In the end there was only 2 or 3 people that were still there. I know that in Stockholm they have English and Arabic geared glasses where as in the smaller towns it is ALL in swedish. So you are forced to learn quickly and this is great. It has a downfall when it comes to structured sentences and when you are meant to say 'jobbet' instead of 'jobb' etc. I found this really difficult as being explained in Swedish when you already have no clue is extremely hard.

Try and get your partner to explain 'Bestemed Form' and 'Obestemed Form' as well as 'Bisats' and 'Huvuidsats'. My swedish partner and friends couldn't clearly explain this to me in english so it is a difficult thing.

My english friends have now opted for private lessons. In my opinion SFI is great, to a certain point. The majority of the people in my class were also getting paid to be there where I was not. This is an expensive country!

Anyways, I'm in the same boat here. I just moved to Västerås a month ago and it is difficult to make friends but I'm getting there slowly. If anyone is in the Västerås area I'd love to go out for a few beers!
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post 18.Jun.2012, 07:24 PM
Post #19
Joined: 16.Mar.2012

Dear Jennifer (and others)

To answer your question, I am working for most of the year in London and looking for Finance/Auditing work in Sweden. My wife (Swedish) and daughter are living in Hedemora, so I travel a lot between London and Hedemora. I can speak some Swedish (on-line courses via babbel) but I really need to step it up a gear to learn properly. To be honest, if my Swedish was any good, then I think I've had a job in Sweden by now. That said, for most jobs in my field you need to be able to commute to Uppsala, Vasteras, or Stockholm.

I've had a few job interviews and when you get an interview this usually means that you're pretty close to getting the job. Most places, though, don't bother responding to applications written in English. Also recruitment processes literally take months - have applied for some jobs, forgotten about them, and then (months later) been called for an interview.
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post 18.Jun.2012, 08:30 PM
Post #20
Location: Dalarna
Joined: 17.Feb.2011

@Garry - Will have to check out the Tudor Arms when I'm in Stockholm. The one thing I knew I say gonna miss when I left England was traditional pubs - can't beat a steak pie and a few ales.

@Dodgerman - Yeah, I don't really understand a lot of the Swedish language rules, when I ask my partner why something is the way it is, his usual response is 'I don't know, it just is!'

@dgd - Hope you find something soon, can't be nice having to be away from your family like that. All my applications have been in English so far, only because I don't want to mislead people into thinking I can speak Swedish. However, I'm only applying for jobs like housekeeping/cleaning at the moment. Eventually I want to set up business as a massage therapist as this is what I'm trained in, although I might set up and advertise as English speaking only, I'm predicting that I won't get much business until I speak Swedish to a professional standard.
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post 7.Jul.2013, 11:38 AM
Post #21
Joined: 2.Apr.2013

I recommend the Swedish School in Barnes for lessons. Although its a secondary school they run two terms of classes every year for adults from 6.30 to 8.30. I think its on a Wednesday night. The school is situated at least half a mile further down Lansdowne Rd than the address given on the internet. I have walked from Hammersmith but took a 419 bus in wet weather.The tutor was familiar with a number of dialects although most of the students had connections with Skåne and Gothenberg.

Why not put up a notice in your local supermarket. I saw a notice for an Irish pub in my local ICA although I have not come across any native English speakers but I wasn't looking.
There are a number of native English speakers in Smedjebacken. The local library might help.
The local supermarket is the Coop.
Good luck to both of you. Dalarna must be one of the largest counties at least in diagonal distance from South to North and bordering Norway.
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post 13.Sep.2013, 08:33 AM
Post #22
Joined: 13.Sep.2013

aw my heart skipped a beat when I saw this thread, as I am a Brit living in Avesta too, but then I saw the date of the post. I don't suppose you'll come back and check will you? smile.gif I would love to talk to a Brit again. I really miss the sense of humour and not having to explain my unusual English phrases smile.gif

If anyone else is interested in a chat, drop me a pm here and I'll give you my facebook/email smile.gif
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post 27.Oct.2013, 01:25 PM
Post #23

I know what you mean - Sweds arent the best with sarcasm. They just look very offended every time i make a joke >.< I live Insjön btw.
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post 29.Dec.2013, 10:37 PM
Post #24


I know this is an old thread but it is relevant for myself so I'm going to bump it.

I recently moved to Dalarna. Outside of Hedemora. I'm from Ireland but I moved here with my Swedish partner.
Just wondering if there are any English speakers around. I live in the middle of nowhere so having some friends would be nice haha smile.gif

I'm in the process of learning Swedish (slowly) and I do plan on integrating into Swedish society. But none the less. Having some people to talk to would is always nice smile.gif

Thanks for reading.
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post 13.Jan.2014, 04:16 PM
Post #25


I've just moved to Falun and I've only been here a week so far! It would be great to meet any native English speakers.
I'm living with my girlfriend Essi and I'm also starting up my own business. I'm 29 and would be keen to meet up for a beer etc if anyone is interested just let me know. My email is [email protected]

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post 21.Nov.2014, 03:53 PM
Post #26

I know many of these posts are old, but I would love to meet any English people living around ludvika area. It would be great to meet for coffee, and find out what bought you to Sweden, and how you find it living here.
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post 21.Nov.2014, 07:04 PM
Post #27
Location: Dalarna
Joined: 11.Jan.2012

Funny old place Dalarna.. I moved here on retirement. In next to no time, a South African couple moved in 400 meters away. About 2 Kms away is a lovely English lady , who moved here from the UK , at 70. Through her, i met a Kiwi, who lives 5 Kms away. Reading this, there are dozens of ex pats filling up the county. The problem with meeting over a beer, here, is the distances involved. There is little public transport and drinking and driving is a no no. Stockholm public transport has not many equals.
I am lucky in that my closest Swedish neighbors are great, and I have Swedish friends from Kalmar to Jokmukk. People love a summer break in the wilderness. I wish you younger Brits good luck in getting together.
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post 24.Nov.2014, 08:42 PM
Post #28
Joined: 24.Nov.2014

Can't agree more about Dalarna being a funny old place...I had lunch today with a couple of South African retirees living in Smedjebacken, and I know a quintissential english lady living just a few kilometers away (although she's not 70!). There are an ever growing number of english speakers in the neighbourhood. I wonder how many were here when I first came in May 1979..
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