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Struggling with Swedish Comprehension

Does anyone feel like they have a hard time understanding/comprehending some languages? For French, even at an early stage, I could understand without slowing it down, and don't really have a trouble understanding/speaking. However, I've been doing Swedish for a while now and I almost always have to slow it down. Will this get any better, and is anyone else having trouble with a particular language in terms of comprehension?

3 years ago

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I'm absolutely certain it'll get easier eventually. When you'll reach that point is a lot harder to say. Every person has different needs for every language - some just click straight away, while others can drag on seemingly forever until suddenly everything makes sense.

Personally, I have the opposite problem: I can read French reasonably well but I find it exceedingly difficult to understand when spoken, while I have little problem listening to conversational Dutch. Eventually I'll understand the rhythm of French, but I'm not despairing yet. I know I'll get there.

And I'm sure you will too - good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ericthelinguist

That's interesting that you have the opposite situation as me :) I guess it's all personal. I've read online that it's all about getting used to the language. Hopefully it will come sooner or later.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/porpsi

yeah im in the same boat, i find it extremely difficult to understand swedish when it's spoken. I'm getting better at hearing it on the audio challenges on this site, but she speaks very clearly i think- in real life it's been much more difficult for me.Was hard to tell where one word ends and the next one begins, but im sure that will get easier the more words i actually know. It already is getting easier in fact, but i agree its very different to french where even if i dont know a word i can recognise where the gaps are which seperate them..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stuartrdr

I'm having this problem as well. Especially when you're 2/3rd of the way through the tree. They would introduce a few terms and throw a very long and complex sentence into the listening portion. If anybody have any suggestions/resources for getting better, it would be appreciated!

3 years ago