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(Image: Julius is studying the Natural Science / Social Science Programme)

Julius Linder, currently studying theNatural Science specialisation Social Science  at IEGS Stockholm, describes his relationship to the English language and why it is such an important quality to be able to speak it fluently.

I am standing in the entrance with pen and paper in one hand, looking for a tall - very tall - blonde boy, when Julius Linder finally appears in the doorway with his yellow headphones resting around his neck. Indeed, he is tall; almost two heads taller than all other students scurrying around, hurrying towards class or hungrily stepping down the stairs towards the King corridor with the goal of having a quick lunch before proceeding with their school day.

Julius greets me and we small talk while walking to the student room, where the red sofas are occupied by quietly chatting student, and the row of computer desks has hardworking students seated here and there in front of a screen, their fingers swiftly sweeping across keyboards. Seated by the white, round table placed beside the cafeteria section of the room, Julius begins talking.

“I’m a natur/sam-student, which suited me well since it focuses on science yet still is combined with the aspects of civics – two subjects I like a lot.”

Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm is an English-speaking school situated in the surroundings of Stockholm. Julius chose to study at IEGS after completing 9th grade at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Nacka.

IEGS differs from other schools, and not only because classes are taught in English.

“Since this school has inherited much from the English school system, it is much stricter and also more academically challenging than most other Swedish schools, which I believe you will benefit from in the long run,” Julius says.

A Big Part of Life

English has always played a big part in Julius’s life. His parents, Mr and Mrs Linder, are globetrotters, and therefore Julius has been brought up with English constantly present in his home.

“When I was younger  I was only allowed to watch children’s movies if they were with English audio, which of course could be annoying when I was little, but helped a lot in the learning process. Nowadays, I can’t stand watching dubbed movies. I hate them.”

Nevertheless, Julius would never have to watch a dubbed movie, since he is a fluent speaker of the English language.

“My family and I actually moved to New Zealand in January 2008, and stayed there for 2 years and 7 months. Since I was so young when we moved there, English in many ways became part of me, my household and my life. It is so natural to me.”

Moving to a foreign country during your upbringing does a lot to you, as a person, and Julius is a perfect example of that. “It shaped me culturally and socially in many ways. Living in an English- speaking country made me comfortable to socialize with many different kinds of people in a, for me, completely strange language. I stopped looking at English speaking people as different, and realized that the only thing that had actually separated us from earlier was the language barrier that had once been there.”

Julius pauses for a while, almost shaking his head at himself for earlier being suspicious about other due to the fact that they speak another language, before he adds: “The ‘Stranger Danger’ had become ‘Stranger Friend’ instead.”

Indeed, being fluent in another language besides your mother tongue has many advantages. When Julius is asked about how he thinks language has affected him as a person, and how he might have benefited from it, he answers:

“Communication is the most important benefit. I can make friends overseas and over the internet without any problem, and communicate with these people effortlessly and naturally. It also opens many doors in the job world, opportunity-wise. An example of when I really felt a huge advantage of having English picked up out of my pocket was when I went on a language trip to Malaga for three weeks. There I became one of the more popular guys, since I was one of the few in the exchange group who could express myself in a fluent, personal way. This made it so much easier for me to socialize and make connections with people. It wasn’t because I was funnier or smarter than anyone else, but because I had a way of not needing to struggle with the English language that some of the others had problems with.”>

Opening Doors to Tomorrow

So, what about it, then? What does Julius have to say about English?

“English is an important, international language,” he says, before jokingly adding: “It brings people together and creates happiness and harmony - peace and love!” He chuckles before continuing. “No, but seriously, it has big significance to possess the ability of being able to express yourself through a language spoken worldwide. It is a quality which should be incredibly highly valued.”

As Julius is thanked and sent off to continue his day without a curious third year interviewing his brains out, realization strikes. What Julius has said has great importance. What IEGS does is as a school is to open doors; doors which, if we, as students, decide to open and step over the threshold, have the possibility of leading us to every corner of the world. What the English language does, and what this school helps us students to do, is to break the barriers between people worldwide, and give us a chance to lead a life anywhere in the world, free of these barriers of communication.

That's extremely valuable.

Third year Text & Communication student Isaura Da Luz Reis interviews Julius Linder

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