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Finished my Swedish Tree!

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Just finished my Swedish Tree!

It is also my first tree in a language I had no prior knowledge of, so its a nice accomplishment (for me) :)

August 14, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Inferio
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Congratulations! Do you progress easily now with your Norwegian and Danish after your work done on Swedish? :)

August 15, 2015

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Thanks! And yes Norwegian & Danish are easier now - But the spelling can be a bit tricky (Jag - Jeg; Älskar - Elsker...) ;)

August 16, 2015

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Congrats! Hopefully one day I'll finish it too. It's certainly the most challenging out of all my trees.

August 14, 2015

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Thank you! And surely one day you'll finish it too :)

August 14, 2015

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    Well, congratulations! I've a long way to go. How long have you been working on it? Can you tell your level of fluency? Have you done any practice tests to check knowledge? A lot of questions but I'm very interested to know how well you comprehend and speak the language. Do you supplement with any thing else? I hope to visit Sweden in 2016 and wonder if I should be working more intensely. Tack.

    August 14, 2015

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    Thanks! I have really worked on it since two months, but came to the first checkpoint a few months before (didn't do a lot afterwards since I had a lot of school stuff). I have school break at the moment so I spent a lot more time learning Swedish for the last 2 weeks.

    I don't know my level of fluency but I am able to understand a fair bit of newspapers, songs... But my native language is German and a lot of vocabulary is quiet similar so that's helpful too. I'm planning to take the Progress Quiz after I strengthen my tree.

    I did not use a lot of other resources but did a few vocab courses on Memrise and watched a few films in Swedish. Besides that I have a Swedish Grammar book that explains pretty good and also has more advanced grammar/more grammar.

    So far I also haven't had the chance to speak Swedish but listening to ex. YouTube videos in swedish was not that hard after a while of getting used to it.

    So all in all I'd say the swedish course is perfect for a start in the language and if you then try and use it (newspapers, films, songs, whatever you're interested in) you should be able to get to a conversational level pretty fast. I do belive that you could get to a good enough level to speak with swedes untill 2016, depending on when you go that's more than half a year left with hard work. Of course it could also depend on what your native language is and (if you know any) what other languages you know. That could maybe help.

    Good luck and I hope any of this helped!

    August 14, 2015

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      Thanks very much for such detail. I really appreciate it. I hope to go in June, 2016 so that does give me a fair amount of time. I try to watch a few Swedish clips also - like 'Solsidan' - I haven't understood much yet, but still very entertaining. Good luck with the quiz when you take it.

      August 14, 2015

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      You're welcome! I'm sure in nearly a year you'll be able to get far in swedish :) And thanks.

      Edit: It's also helpful to watch things with subtitles, without them I find it also still rather difficult to understand them depending on speed and topic.

      August 14, 2015

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      Grattis Macbeth_! :)

      Jag lär mig tyska för tillfället och blev färdig med det tyska trädet för några månader sedan! :)

      I'm learning German at the moment and finished the German tree a couple of months ago! :)

      August 15, 2015

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      Tack!

      Noch viel Glück mit Deutsch! Und Glückwunsch für deinen beendeten Baum!

      Good luck with your German! And congratulations for your finished tree!

      August 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglAna
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      Congrats! I still have a long way to go on my Swedish tree, but I'm enjoying the journey :)

      August 14, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Macbeth_
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      Thanks! Yeah the journay surley was great (and not quiet over, I still need to remember everything haha), wishing you the best of luck :)

      August 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglAna
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      Tack! I plan on starting Ukrainian next. How do you like it?

      August 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Macbeth_
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      I absolutly love Ukrainian! But my favourite language family are slavic languages so that might give a plus factor ;) The sound of it is lovely and I think the hardest part was adjusting to a new keyboard. The cases can be a bit confusing in the beginning but they are figured out after a while. I'd definitely say go for it! And then tell me what you think of Ukrainian :)

      August 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglAna
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      Great to hear that! I like Slavic languages, too, but never got very far in Russian. I'm very excited to try Ukrainian. I love the way it sounds and love the country :) I'm adding you.

      August 15, 2015

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      Well soon you probably have the chance to learn Russian on Duo ;) But yeah Ukrainian Culture is fascinating and I've seen some stunning photos of the Ukraine already :) Good luck with Ukrainian then!

      August 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...
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      Grattis!

      August 14, 2015

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      Tack!

      August 14, 2015

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      congratulations!!,try to learn dutch or german, they are similar

      August 14, 2015

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      Thanks! I already speak German and may do a bit of Dutch when I have other languages off my list ;)

      August 15, 2015

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      Grattis!!

      August 14, 2015

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      Tack!

      August 15, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Tunglskin
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      Congratulations! I'm trying to learn the Swedish and Danish tree at the same time, as (mostly) they are quite similar! I believe that by learning one, it will help strengthen the other.

      Finishing the tree is quite an accomplishment! I wish you the best of luck in future endeavors, and hope for you to achieve fluency :)

      August 15, 2015

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      Thanks! Yeah, they are quiet similar and Danish is also a language I'd love to learn :)

      Thank you, I hope for the same for you!

      August 15, 2015

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      Grattis!

      August 15, 2015

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      Tack!

      August 15, 2015

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      Grattis!

      I'm curious how you find the Swedish grammar as a native German speaker? Which aspects of Swedish grammar are especially easy or difficult for you? Obviously a lot of vocabulary is the same or similar, so there's less to discuss there.

      August 15, 2015

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      Tack!

      Hm, that's a question... It's certainly helpful that the word order is (at least as far as I remember) pretty much the same so that translating word for word in longer sentences works just fine. But besides that I have to be honest I can't really remember actual similarities in grammar. There might be small things but how the tenses are formed, articles etc. are all pretty much different.

      But one of the hardest parts I'd say are the definite forms - there are a few words that are the same as in German but are another case (there was already a warning in the tips notes: ex. studenten is the student in Swedish - but students in German) so that was sometimes a bit hard to remember.

      So all in all I'd say while Swedish grammar is not that hard to remember (especially compared to other languages I'm studying) it doesn't have noticable similarities for someone who didn't really look for them. But I might be wrong in this I haven't really thought about it a lot ;)

      August 15, 2015

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      Swedish doesn't place the verb last like German does, so the word order isn't always the same. :)

      Example "der Hund hat mich gebissen" would be "hunden har bitit mig" in Swedish ^^ As you can see, the word order is almost the same but two words have switched position (mich/mig and gebissen/bitit).

      And about how tenses are formed, I think the preterite is formed similarly in German and Swedish.

      For weak verbs it is "-de" or "-te" in Swedish and "-te" in German. For example köpte / kaufte.

      Strong verbs exist in both languages too (a trait of Germanic languages). Trinken - trank - getrunken / dricka - drack - druckit / drink - drank - drunk.

      The present participle "-ande" and "-end" are also pretty similar. Kaufend / köpande.

      August 15, 2015

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      Thanks for the informations!

      I definitely don't know that much Swedish grammar yet (or remember it haha) so that's very interesting :)

      August 15, 2015

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      Thanks for the comparisons. I'm an advanced learner of North Germanic languages (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish) and a beginner at German. It's clear the word order is not always the same, but hadn't analyzed much further.

      August 18, 2015

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      Yes I also get conused about studenten when learning German. There are a few words in Swedish like barnen where the definite plural ends in en and I have to remember German works like those.

      Overall I agree Swedish grammar is not to difficult.

      August 18, 2015

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      Grattis!

      August 15, 2015

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      tack!

      August 15, 2015

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      Well done! Have a lingo from me :)

      August 15, 2015

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      Thanks :)

      August 15, 2015

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      Congratulations! :)

      August 16, 2015

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      Thanks!

      August 16, 2015

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      Wow! Good job!

      August 17, 2015

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      Thank you!

      August 17, 2015

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      Lucky you! I still have ten blobs to go

      August 19, 2015

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      Thanks! I'm sure you can finish those soon too!

      August 20, 2015

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      Grattis! Gongratulations! Onnitteluni!

      I try to finish my Swedish tree before the end of August..

      August 19, 2015

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      Tack!

      Good luck then!

      August 20, 2015

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      ...and I did finish my Swedish tree before the end of August! 86 minutes time left before September begins.

      August 31, 2015

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      Congratulations!

      September 1, 2015

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      Thanks. Next: Russian

      September 14, 2015
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