Do It Yourself Learning: the Kató Lomb method revisited.


I had some difficulty but I found a pair of novels I could use for the Kató Lomb method in Swedish.  Since I already know some Swedish and can be reasonably understood (although some of my relatives claim I speak Swedish with a Norwegian accent.  Ha ha ha!)  The novel was by the English spy novelist John Le Carré, entitled Our Game.  I bought that book after I bought the Swedish translation, Lekar och Sper. (At left, click on the cover for a better look,  the gold and dark brown cover art was very hard to scan and  reproduce.)  Lekar och Sper  roughly means Games and Mocking.   I bought the Swedish translation first because I was finding it difficult to buy books in Swedish.  Books in Swedish are also expensive, but I’ll get to that in a minute.  The Swedish edition was printed in 1995.  It still has the price tag from the original bookstore in Sweden, Akademibokhandeln, which is a chain store comparable to say Barnes & Noble in the U.S or McNally-Robinson in  Canada.   You can see the original price sticker on the book.  It sold retail for  SK312 (Swedish Krona), which currently converts at 6.6 to the U.S. Dollar.  That would be $47 in U.S. currency.  The book was marked down to SK249, which currently converts to $37.72  in U.S. Dollars.   So, anyway, I found the Swedish language book on eBay and paid about $10 including shipping.   

LeCarre-EngThen I found the English language book on Amazon (left, click on the cover for a better look.)  I paid nearly the same amount as the Swedish language copy for an unused copy. My original idea would have been to buy, say, a P.G. Wodehouse book translated into Swedish, but I discovered that Swedish fans of P.G. Wodehouse prefer to read him in English.  Oh well.  The English edition of Our Game had mixed reviews.   I’m familiar with Le Carré’s previous work, so I’ll just have to see how this works out.

The reason books are more expensive in Sweden, is that there are far fewer Swedish speakers in this world than there are English or Spanish speakers.

So, this will be an experiment to see how well the Kató Lomb method works for me.   The Kató Lomb method of learning langauges was discussed in prior posts, initially here.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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