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Length to Learn Swedish?

Hi! I'm kind of new to learning a language and I'm fairly dedicated to start with Swedish, I am just wondering how much time it could take. I am doing the Insane Coach setting, so I'm doing roughly 50-60XP daily in the Swedish course!

Thank you!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/NathanYArnold

I found it took about 6-7 months to get through the tree at a decent rate, keeping the tree golden every day. I'd average around 50 Pts a day.

The speed at which you make forward progress vs review past sections definitely changes as you move along though, even if you spend the same amount of time on it every day.

In the beginning I could complete a whole lesson almost daily because things are pretty easy. But once you get halfway through the tree you end up spending a lot less time moving forward and more time going back and keeping things golden.

Which is good because you really do revisit words and concepts enough that they start to lock-in more.

Towards the end I slowed forward progress down to doing just one new part of a lesson a day, and spending the rest of the time reviewing the previous parts of the same lesson and keeping other lessons golden.

All in all, this strategy worked well and helped me get a solid handle on grammar rules and common vocabulary.

Enough that i understand a lot of what my Swedish friends write when they comment on Facebook, anyways...

Another thing that really helps me personally, is to get other sources of Swedish in on a daily basis.

I don't have any local friends I can speak with (I live in Canada) so instead I read "light" Swedish news like 8 Sidor and klartext every day. I also switched to watching Netflix through a Swedish VPN, so i can watch the same english shows I was before, but with Swedish captions

That really helps lock in words and sentence structure

Listening is still pretty hard for me because people talk so fast....

3 years ago

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Yes, so far I seem to be employing the same strategy as you haha! :) At first I found it very easy to knock out a new bubble or two averaging like you say 50XP, but now I'm spending much more time revisiting old topics and concepts. I also tend to goto other websites to review and solidify some concepts that don't tend to stick so easily. Thank you very much! :D Also, would you say you could speak it well or is that harder for you?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanYArnold

I'm just ok at speaking. from my experience with other languages that comes almost entirely from just doing it -- not something that translates well, at this point, on a computer ...

3 years ago

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Yeah very true! Thank you for the advice :D

3 years ago

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It depends on how much time you are willing to spend per day. And you can never truly finish learning a language; there is always more to learn! Even native speakers can learn new things about their language!

3 years ago

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If you are really vigorous in terms of knocking out a ton of 'bubble' topics in day I would say you could easily complete the course in two months maybe less depending on of course how much you do a day.

3 years ago

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Thank you mate :) You're right, I am doing at least a bubble a day so hopefully that means I'll be posted to become fairly proficient in a few months!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flythreads

It depends on your dedication. The insane setting is good, but make sure you're not blowing through the material without learning it. Something to remember is that learning a new language requires diligence and patience. However, In this article*, it says that it takes around 23-24 weeks to achieve proficiency(575-600 class hours).

*http://www.businessinsider.com/the-hardest-languages-to-learn-2014-5

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marisarc
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My only piece of advice is to not compromise speed for learning. It's easy to be so focused on speeding through the tree that you fail to really solidify easier concepts before moving on to more complex ones, which presents issues down the line. If it takes you a few days to really feel comfortable with a topic, then take the necessary time practicing it, learning about it via other resources, etc.

Everyone learns differently, of course, so do what's best for you. Just remember that a golden tree is not the be-all and end-all.

Lycka till! :)

3 years ago

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Yes, all very true! Thank you for the solid advice :)

3 years ago

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I was basically obsesse so it took me like 3 months to finish the course. I constantly kept the tree gold and also did the Spanish for Portuguese speakers that I started 3 months prior. finished the Spanish for Portuguese speakers and the Swedish for English speakers on the same day. I never quit learning Swedish ( or any of my other languages) though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rashboots

Honestly, don't overwhelm yourself with trying to learn as much as you can in as little time as possible.

Everyone learns differently, but if you try and speed through the course you might find you're not really taking in the material.

If you're serious about wanting to learn as quickly as possible, then focus on strengthening your skills every time you have completed a bubble... This will go over everything you've previously learned to see if you've remembered it.

if you find one or more of your skill bubbles has decreased then go back over them until they are full strength before moving on to your next bubble.

Doing it this way would take you longer than speeding through to complete the course, but would be more beneficial in the long run!

That's my advice anyway :)

3 years ago

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You could finish the course in a month but I doubt you'd retain anything.

If it's worth anything, I started in February and finished my tree in ~7 months. I figured I wouldn't stay committed if I was doing a crazy coach setting, so I set it to 1xp a day. I'd do as little or as much as I wanted to do on that day, as long as I did something. At some point during that stretch I had a 119 day streak and after 7 months I went to Sweden and was pretty impressed at how good my Swedish had become!

So if you're serious about learning it (rather than just finishing it), take your time. 6-7 months to become pretty decent in a foreign language is pretty insane as it is...

3 years ago

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Yeah, at one point or another I figured that maybe the Insane setting wasn't necessarily the best because I might end up retaining less for whatever reason, but I don't really leave a certain bubble until I'm comfortable in my conceptual knowledge of that thing :) And if I finish the tree and are still not super great, I can just keep practicing if I need to, I figure. Thank you, I appreciate the advice!

3 years ago

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Keep doing it daily even if its only 10-20xp. I went crazy and probably averaged 150xp a day. I just found it easier to open the entire tree without going back to make it all gold. After everything was unlocked I then went and made it gold from the beginning. But it all depends on what you want to do in the end. Good luck.

3 years ago

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Very interesting way of doing it! :) How did it work out for you? Do you think it has made you fluent?

3 years ago

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I think it worked out good. I wouldn't say fluent. But I can understand basic articles in swedish. It just takes continued practice.

I read somewhere you need to use a word like 40 times over time to fully indent it in your mind. So spaced repetition is the key to learning. :)

Either way maxing the tree in gold will get you started on the long journey. I think I've been learning for about 4 or 5 months now.

3 years ago