I've just finished my Swedish tree!!! :D
Hello everybody!!! I've just finished my Swedish tree and I felt "obliged" to create this post in order to motivate other Swedish learners and give my opinion about the Swedish tree.
Why I decided to learn Swedish
I am already fluent in English and French and intermediate in German and I wanted to learn a fourth foreign language. I chose Swedish because I have always been interested in Scandinavia and I had heard that it was really easy (especially for someone who speaks German). I also love Sweden - I hope to visit it one day, and one of my favourite songs is in Swedish. It's "Du är aldrig ensam" (= You are never alone) by Eric Saade. Here's the link of the video with the lyrics on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5il9TGOASA
Thoughts on the Swedish tree
It was on the 1st January of 2015 when I completed my first skill of the Swedish tree. It was my new year resolution to learn Swedish and become at least intermediate in it. So when the others exchanged gifts, played cards and ate lunch all together, I was always on duolingo and studied Swedish. It was a little strange in the beginning, especially because I had to remember to put the endings -en or -et to form the definite form of the word, instead of English, French and German where you just have to put the right article before the word to form its definite form, but it was a great experience!!!
The Swedish tree is pretty easy, it has less skills than the French one (which is the longest tree on duolingo) and the grammar explanations are very clear. Also, the Swedish community is lovely, I got answers for everything I asked really fast and that was great, too!
Now I feel comfortable with Swedish, I can understand almost everything when I read and my listening comprehension is also good. However I'm not sure about my writing (I've only written two texts and two histories in the LfS series by Criculann) and my speaking skills. I've still never spoken with a native Swedish speaker so I don't know if I will be able to speak Swedish, if it is needed in the future. I took the Swedish quiz two months ago and I had 2.62/5.0. I guess that if I take this test again, my results will be 3.5/5.0.
What am I going to do now?
- I will revise all the vocabulary and grammar that I learned on duolingo and take the duolingo test again. My goal is to reach 5.0/5.0 on the 31st December 2015.
- I will read a novel in Swedish.
- I'll finish the A1-A2-level Swedish textbook that I bought in April and I have only finished the 3/4 of it (shame on me!!!).
- I will try to write a story every week in the Lfs.
- When I'll be at university, I'll take Swedish classes in order to receive a B2-level official certification and travel to Sweden.
So, this is my little Swedish-learning story. I hope you liked it! :-)
NEXT TREE: DUTCH!!! :D
Congratulations! I would like to ask you some questions if I may :)
1) Is there some difficult grammar in the second half of the tree (let's say compared to German)? It seems pleasantly simple in the first half so far :) 2) How difficult does the A1-A2 textbook appear to you now? 3) Are you able to watch Swedish movies with no subtitles or just Swedish subtitles?
Tack så mycket! :)
1) No, I don't think that the 2nd half of the tree is more challenging than the 1st one. Swedish is a relatively simple language with a really simple grammar and clear rules.
2) It's quite easy, but there are still some things to learn in order to finish it. I'd say that by using the duolingo course you may reach level A1 or A2, depending on how much time you spend on the lessons, how often you revise the vocabulary, etc.
3) I still haven't watched a Swedish film, but I guess that I could watch one with Swedish subtitles.
A Swedish film I've heard of is Simon och ekarna [Simon and the oaks] I'm planning on watching it when I'm finished or almost finished my Swedish tree
Grattis! I remember when you posted texts you had written in Discussion. I have been following your progress ever since, and your courage to use a language that you are learning is admirable. I wish I was as brave as you are. I hope you will get to go to Sweden soon! All the best. :)
Haha I always saw your "likes" when I completed a new skill and this was really motivating. Tack så mycket!!! :-)
Thank you for your kind words. If you are looking for Swedish films to watch, I recommend Låt den rätte komma in. I absolutely love that film. The novel that it is based on is one of my favourites, as well. https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A5t_den_r%C3%A4tte_komma_in_(film)
Thanks for posting this. It has given me a little more encouragement to keep going and practice harder, some days I'm not confident at all but others I can speed through. I hope you get to travel to Sweden and good luck with university! Tack sa mycket!
Congratulations and good luck with the rest of your Swedish studies!
Grattis! Jag hoppas du kan resa till Sverige snart! Det är jättesnygg där. Stockholm är vacker, men Göteborg, Skåne, och Region Dalarna är fantastiska också. Nu borde du läsa några svenska böcker och titta svenska filmer (kanske utan undertexter). ;-)
Congrats on finishing your Swedish tree! I still have awhile to go myself. My husband and I watched a movie called "Kitchen Stories" It's about a Swedish efficiency expert and a Norwegian bachelor farmer. There was Swedish and some Norwegian too. We found it funny. I do want to watch a Bergman film soon. Might try and check out some of these other suggestions too. I also try and read Swedish Google news once or twice a week. Best of luck in your continued Swedish studies and Dutch.
Congratulations! and thanks for this interesting post.
Gratz! I also started around january as a new years resolution, I'm at abstract objects now though :p