Hello again, all. I've been itching to get back to this thread, but have had a couple of deadlines that I only just hit. Yeah!
It's interesting to hear about all of your experiences with multiple languages. I can read Swedish pretty well now, but only understand about 60% of what I hear, and my accent is truly terrible. I haven't really had classes, it's been hard to find any that it my schedule. I'm learning more quickly now that my kids are speaking all the time. (That's the upside of "I don't speak English.")
Revmami--The majority of TV here is in English or some other language. They don't dub anything, so when you turn on the TV, it's almost like being in the US except for the less obtrusive advertising and those funny subtitles. No wonder Swedes speak English so well.
Carmen, with your norsk you'd probably get by beautifully here in Sweden. How nice to take the time to learn so many languages. Because I was raised bilingual (I also speak Farsi) I took a really casual approach when we moved here, and assumed that I'd "pick it up." That might have been easier someplace where they didn't switch to English at parent meetings because of us!
We protest, but after struggling with Swedish, people often end up speaking English anyway. I think my Swedish will have to be a little better before that changes. I'm thinking I may try to find a tutor.
Alexander--Are you fluent in Japanese?
mom at home-- Come to Sweden! What field is your husband in? My dh works at a University here, so maybe we can help hook you up with the right people!
Also, revmami-- thanks for the apology on my children's behalf! I'm starting to feel bad though, because I tend to speak Farsi with my mom and Aunt a lot, and now I finally understand how poor dh feels!