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robvermont



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Not so sure Reply with quote

Jetgirly wrote:
dyak wrote:
There aren't jobs simply because it's taught so well in schools, hence every scandanavian over the age of 12 speaking fluent English... I think they could actually teach 'us' a thing or two...


That is soooooo untrue! I have a handful of friends who grew up in Sweden and came to Canada between the ages of 20-25 and only one of them speaks fluent English- the one with the university degree in English who did a year of her degree in Canada! I am always amazed by how well my Swedish friends can get along in English, Spanish, Swedish and the other Scandinavian/Nordic languages... but from my experience their English is nowhere near "fluent".


I have lived in Sweden for some time and Swedes absolutey speak better English than the Norwegians...The Swedes, in my opinion, speak the best English of all the non-english speaking countries (I have lived in or spent significant time in 5 or 6 countries). You can walk into any store in Malmo, Stockholm, or Gothenburg and speak English and 99 percent of the time they will respond in English. As far as jobs here your CELTA is almost useless (outside of a few hours at Folkuniversitet). On the other hand there are loads of international schools in Sweden and if you are certified you can probably find a job (either US or UK certification).
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scot47



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.................but can you spell 'Scandinavia' ?
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robvermont



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:25 pm    Post subject: Så klart Reply with quote

Jag kommer från Sverige and vi skriver Skandinavien eller Skandinavia...men det beror på vilket land man kommer från!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:00 pm    Post subject: Bork, bork, bork Reply with quote

Scundeenifiun! Bork, bork, bork! www.tuco.de/home/jschef.htm www.google.com/intl/xx-bork/
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Gorm



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Så klart Reply with quote

robvermont wrote:
Jag kommer från Sverige and vi skriver Skandinavien eller Skandinavia...men det beror på vilket land man kommer från!


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ChinaPanther



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best chance to teach in Scandinavia is Finland. They have excellent listening, reading and writing skills but their speaking skills aren't that great. Getting into Finland isn't easy but it is easier than getting into Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
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hollysuel



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChinaPanther wrote:
The best chance to teach in Scandinavia is Finland. They have excellent listening, reading and writing skills but their speaking skills aren't that great. Getting into Finland isn't easy but it is easier than getting into Norway, Sweden and Denmark.


Finland is 'technically' not part of Scandinavia--it is really part of the Baltics. That said, I lived there for 11 years and if you are an EU citizen it is fairly easy to find a position teaching English in corporations and also some English language kindergartens. Getting a work visa if you are non-EU requires more education/credentials than your EU counterparts and most non-EU citizens I knew were in the country because of their significant others and the employers didn't need to sponsor a visa.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hollysuel wrote:
Getting a work visa if you are non-EU requires more education/credentials than your EU counterparts and most non-EU citizens I knew were in the country because of their significant others and the employers didn't need to sponsor a visa.

is that how you got a visa?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think hollysuel has the specialist quals Very Happy Cool
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hollysuel



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

naturegirl321 wrote:
hollysuel wrote:
Getting a work visa if you are non-EU requires more education/credentials than your EU counterparts and most non-EU citizens I knew were in the country because of their significant others and the employers didn't need to sponsor a visa.

is that how you got a visa?


Yes, I was more qualified than many of my EU counterparts!
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