28. August 2012

Överraskning: min kurs är på svenska

Why is the lecturer talking Swedish? Kursen är på svenska, förstås! I noted with some surprise that one of my courses is given in Swedish. It turned out to be a very welcome opportunity to listen to Swedish in a multi-modal setting.

A lecture on computer science in Swedish offers the rather unique opportunity to learn new words and phrases. Although no explicit translation is given during the lecture, it is possible to pick up Swedish because the lecturer presents the concepts using multiple modalities: speech, mimics, gestures, text and pictures on the blackboard, slides on the screen. I am looking forward to learn system construction in C++ and Swedish in parallel. So, just for the fun of it: en pekare is a pointer — the first word I have learned this way in the lecture.