Via The Local:
With more students worldwide choosing to learn Swedish, The Local catches up with Marina Astashevskaya – a Swedish teacher in Russia – whose classes help bridge the gap between love-refugees and their families in Russia.
Marina Astashevskaya may not have perfect Swedish herself, but when it comes to her students’ learning, she is a perfectionist.
Since February, Astashevskaya has been meticulously teaching the finer points of Scandinavia’s most widely spoken language to a class of almost 30 Russians.
“There’s a whole range of reasons why they want to learn Swedish”, the 27–year-old teacher explains.
“It’s not just for family. Some of the students want to be travel to Sweden and actually converse with the shopkeepers, the locals. And some just find the language exotic”.
But Swedish language courses abroad don’t stop in just Kaliningrad.
Students around Europe are flocking to similar classes, according to Erika Lyly, a language advisor and linguist from the Swedish Language Council (Språkrådet).