My best shopping in Sweden could be Primas Engelska Ordbok, an English-Swedish/ Swedish-English dictionary that I bought in the beginning of my exchange year at a bookstore at Avenyn at 60kr. However, one year passed without using the dictionary at all. It stood on my shelf like a sacred bible with dusts on top. I wasn’t that into studying Swedish then and English was taking all my efforts. But what a waste of 60 kr! I thought… So I decided to make the dictionary into kind of a memory-book. I asked friends to pick a word from the dictionary and write down which page the word is in some blank pages. They were perplexed by being asked to pick a word from 90,000 words! Some people didn’t come up with a good word and picked one randomly while closing eyes xD Anyway, it was the most genius thing I did back then:) The words my friends picked for me (both sincerely and jokingly) made the dictionary something more than a wordbook and keep encouraging me learning Swedish even now. I sometimes open the dictionary and mark when I learned new words and get encouraged from the writings. Sadly, I lost contacts with most of the people who wrote on the dictionary. We all are scattered and have different life from the year 2014. Still, the dictionary is one of my most precious belongings which is worth more than 60kr to me.
In【友達のくれた言葉たち // Swedish words I got from friends 2014】 I will introduce you the words with dictionary’s explanation but without the person’s name. The collection of the words is diverse and heartwarming to anyone I assume.