Jul 16, 2019

Series 2 - Ep7 Meeting Ali Jehad

On this episode of Fluently Swenglish, Martin is chatting to someone with an amazing story. Ali Jehad as a toddler fled his village in Southern Iraq with his mother to start his life in a refugee camp in Northern Saudi Arabia. Some of Ali’s first memories are of playing in burnt out tanks and jeeps, cans of ginger ale and Kit Kats on Friday afternoon. Remembering the horrors of his father going missing for months on end, to the joys of flying to Sweden with all his family to start a new life. It wasn’t until Ali was 7 years old he experienced living somewhere with running water and electricity.  Tune in to Fluently Swenglish to hear Ali’s story and how now over 30 years on Ali is working as a freelance photographer inspired be his grandfather…

Jul 8, 2019

Series 2 - Ep 6 Meeting Tom & Nathan

On this episode of Fluently Swenglish, Martin is chatting to a couple of Welsh dragons. Tom and Nathan, two lads from Swansea moved to Malmö two years ago, one a teacher and the other a food writer… Find out why they decided to move from Wales and settle into a new town and country. Was Brexit anything to do with it or was it for a better quality of life? Click the link above and hear Martin chatting with the New Swelsh Kids on the Block!

Jun 26, 2019

Series 2 Ep 5 Martin’s Stories of a Tour Guide

Episode 5 on Fluently Swenglish is following the trend of storytelling with Martin telling about his adventures as a tour guide back in the late 80’s early 90’s… Bus trips from Sweden to London taking over 24 hours through Germany, Holland, Belgium and France was a popular pastime back then. Martin shares  stories about his trips and the passenger’s he looked after, he explains that he wasn’t just a tour guide but also ended up be a mother, agony aunt, kindergarten teacher and most often a shoulder to cry on. So tune into the Fluently Swenglish podcast using the link above and follow Martin to London…

Jun 17, 2019

Series 2 Ep4 Meeting Firas Murarker

Episode 4 on Fluently Swenglish Martin is chatting with his friend Firas Murarker, who is originally from Palestine, but now lives with his wife and black Labrador in Malmö Sweden.… Firas being an experienced photographer and filmmaker usually is the one interviewing people, but on this occasion Firas is sitting on the live side of the microphone telling Martin want it was like to grow up in Palestine in the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000s. From studying law, running a bar in Bethlehem to becoming a busy photographer in a country were a passport was classed as a low status travel document to meeting the love of his life and travelling to a country where it’s passport is highly desirable…  

Jun 9, 2019

Series 2 Ep 3 Meeting Diana Achata

This week is episode 3 in the “Meet the Expats” series, tune in and listen to the incredible story of Diana Achata… Diana is from Peru and moved to Sweden in 2015 with her Danish husband. The incredible part of the story is why they moved to Sweden and not Denmark. Being under 24 years old, Danish law basically said they were not allowed to live in Denmark. Martin and Diana touch on many different subjects a few being the unusual delicacies of Peru, the number of different potatoes there is in Diana’s homeland, the horrors of wedding photography and the different art forms of storytelling…

Jun 2, 2019

Series 2 Ep2 - The story of Rami Iskif

This week in the Fluently Swenglish studio Martin is with Rami Iskif, Rami has an amazing story to tell about his journey to Sweden back in 2015. Bringing his family from a war torn Syria, he tells of the up’s and down’s of passing through Europe to get to Sweden. Over crowded rubber boats, sunny Greek beaches, smugglers on speed dial and German boarder guards at the airports, at has all the drama of a Tom Clancy novel…

May 28, 2019

Series 2 Ep1 - Martin coming to Sweden

Fluently Swenglish, Series 2 - Meeting the Expats... Everyone has a voice. Everyone has experiences, thoughts, dreams, hopes even fears. We also all have a story to tell. Story telling is the oldest form of communication, a lot older than painting or the written word. Stories have been passed down 10’s of thousands  of years through generations and cultures.  Our stories from those experiences, thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears are just like our fingerprints — they are our own. We love hearing a good story, so this is why Martin one of the hosts of the podcast Fluently Swenglish is talking with Expats living here in Sweden to find their story. Why and how they came to Sweden, also their opinions of the country. In this new Series of episodes Martin starts off the series by telling his own story of how he came to Sweden in 1985. Travelling 5,000 kilometres across the Mediterranean Sea, through 8 European countries, taking 6 days and nights with only 25 US Dollars in his pocket.

May 22, 2019

Special EU Election Episode

Martin and Iain are back in the studio with an Extra special episode on the Swedish European Parliamentary Elections before the big day on Sunday 26th May. The boys giving a run down of the main parties trying to grab one of those important 21 seats Sweden is allocated with in the EU Parliament. Are you confused how the European Parliament works or which party is which, who stands for what? Well, the lads will try and shine some light on the whole thing…. 

The online Election questionnaire Martin and Iain did on the show can be found here:

 

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May 7, 2019

Episode 10 - Sweden’s Image

Episode 10  Sweden’s Image… On this episode Martin and Iain look it what the out-side world think of Sweden and the Swedes. They use a report drawn up by the Department of Swedish Promotion they discuss if Sweden’s image is a fair one! This is the last episode of this first series and Martin and Iain will be back very soon with new episodes. 

Martin and Iain’s plan is to Interview Ex-pats from all walks of life, asking them the reasons they came to Sweden and why they decided to stay. The first of these interviews will be published and released on Tuesday 28th May. We promise to keep you informed, if you click on the follow button your get a notification when its published.

Thanks you the support in series 1

Apr 30, 2019

Episode 9 - Customs & Traditions of Sweden

Episode 8… Traditions and Customs in Sweden… Iain and Martin in the studio this week are going through the yearly celebrations here in Sweden!  Everything is discussed, from Fat Tuesday, hopping and prancing like a small frog around a maypole and a Christmas tree, too the way one sings a short verse before downing a short shot of strong flavoured snaps. Just before Easter dressing their small children up as old ladies and let them beg for sweets around town, then explaining the special custom of eating rotten fish and sucking the heads of crayfish every August, maybe this is the time you need a shot of snaps…  If that isn’t enough, Iain spills the beans and reveals the true story behind the history of Swedens most wonderful and beautiful tradition. Do people know it started with the eye gouging and burning of a young maiden… So many customs and traditions packed into such a small country and one episode of Fluently Swenglish… Join them now for Episode 8…

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