I’m off to London for a few days to attend the @media 2005 conference. I’m really looking forward to seeing, listening to, and meeting some of the people who have taught me much of what I know. I’ll try not to ask for autographs, I promise.
And I’m nervous as hell. Not about flying. Not so much about meeting a lot of people I don’t know (though it almost feels like I do know some of them). It’s mostly about having to speak English to native English speakers.
I’ll forget words. My mind will go blank. I’ll mix English and Swedish. I’ll mix “international” English with South African English with American English picked up from watching too much TV and reading too many books by American authors. And I’ll probably manage to pronounce “v” as “w” a couple of times. Swedes have a tendency to do that for some reason. Most of us never notice, but I do and I’ll bite my tongue every time it happens.
So please forgive me if you try talking to me and all I can produce is incomprehensible mumbling and stuttering. Give me a moment and I’ll find the words I’m looking for. If I don’t, please help me out. I won’t mind.
Despite being nervous, I still think it will be great fun. I’ll be staying at the Southwark Holiday Inn, and I know several other people attending the conference are staying there as well. Oh, just a tip: I found out a couple of days ago that “Southwark” is pronounced “Suthuk”, not “South-wark”. I suspect I’m not the only one who didn’t know that.
See some of you in London!