Swedish Translation Services and I are on the second week of vacationing in Sweden and Finland. I am immersing in the Swedish language and culture and taking a break from large translation projects. I am currently in a Swedish speaking part of Finland visiting my father, who went through bypass surgery two weeks ago. Visiting him also puts vacationing and work in a new perspective.
One thing that fascinates me here is the many Swedish dialects spoken along the coastline of Finland. On top of my mind I can think of at least 15, each little county has its own dialect. In my father’s little city, we speak a dialect called The Närpes Dialect. According to scientific studies, it is one of the dialects that most closely resemble ancient Swedish. It is very interesting how it has been preserved for thousands of years. In theory, we in Närpes grow up bilingual, speaking our dialect, plus “real Swedish”. On top of that we start learning Finnish in third grade. Perhaps this is the source for my lifelong love of languages. I am curious to know if other translators were immersed in a different dialect and/or language early on.
The other fascinating observation with my old hometown is very noticeable during the summer solstice. The sun never really sets completely and it never gets dark at night. We Scandinavians love this and we all become more active during the summer months. Tourists have a hard time sleeping due to the light at night. All in all, it makes for a beautiful season, almost magical, and I am enjoying it to its fullest.
I hope you all have a great middle of summer. I will travel back to Sweden to celebrate a traditional Swedish midsummer tomorrow, and enjoy more of my vacation.