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Starting Swedish!

After listening to some Swedish songs and looking into this language, I decided to try it out on duolingo. I swear this sounds like a fairytale language! :D

October 7, 2015

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/RumenM

Have fun and good luck:-) I am still amazed how similar Swedish and in general the nordic languages are to English :-)

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezkertia

Good choice. Lycka till!

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

Enjoy, and best of luck! Do use the forums to ask questions should you have any. :)

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AstridXXX0

I moved to Sweden (from the UK) 7 years ago so I'm actually doing this as a bit of moral support for my husband who's only been here a year. The cadence is hard to grasp as a non-native speaker, getting that correct sing-song tone that makes Swedish sound the way is does. Don't think I'll ever get it absolutely right! Good luck with your studies :)

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis

Great! Swedish is amazing! You will like it a lot!

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AequitasVeritas

Hey! I just started learning it today, too! It is indeed a lovely sounding language. :) Good luck on your learning!

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlingLin

hahaha i love swedish...!!

October 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PJAU86

Yeah I tried a few languages hated them all. German was ok I spent months on that. Then I discovered Swedish, it may not be the most useful of languages or the most popular, but it is extremely fun and never gets boring. A very good choice in my opinion!

October 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I love it! Very similar in ways to English and German, plus it is easy to adopt the accent.

October 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Strekoza88

Thanks everyone! You guys are a very supportive group! :) I actually managed to find a few pen pals even, so I think I will end up doing quite well! ^^

October 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KaioCesar6

I started swedish yesterday. I'm loving it :)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kylebacon

what songs were you listening to?

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Strekoza88

The first group I stumbled upon was a group called Den Svenska Björnstammen. Though I don't understand what they are singing, I really like the melody and the energy in their songs. I also like Melissa Horn. I found YouTube videos that have the Swedish lyrics plus the translation. I found those quite helpful! There were some other random pop songs as well, but I'm still discovering Swedish music. If you have any suggestions I'm totally open to them! :)

October 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/acroyear2

Kent is a very popular band in Sweden. If you're just discovering Swedish music, I think Kent would be a good start.

"Dom andra" (The others) is a well known song by Kent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWxUr_vDwwE

If you want more tips on Swedish bands and artists, just say the word. :)

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Strekoza88

I am hooked on Kent! I even got my friends addicted to them! I know I already thanked you before, but thank you again! If you know anymore bands, feel free to share! Do you know any good movies or shows as well? :D

October 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/acroyear2

Haha, glad you liked it.

So here's a few more artists. I picked a bunch of different songs that isn't necessarily my own personal favorites, but that usually resonates well with music goers, and that I feel would be a fair introduction to Swedish music.

So. First off. Håkan Hellström. Håkan Hellström is quite the definition of "folkkär" (meaning "being loved by the people"), and it would be weird not to start the list with one of his tunes. Here's Kom igen Lena (Come on Lena): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFf1Kk_Kg60

Daniel Adams-Ray - Gubben i lådan (Jack-in-the-box). This is one of the most recent songs on this list. The song is definitely driven by its lyrics (which is about giving everything you have to the one you love, but receiving nothing in return), but I still think the music will have a certain appeal even to people who doesn't speak Swedish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71PrWLvO7Z8

Lisa Ekdahl - Vem vet? (Who knows?) You stated earlier that the Swedish language has a fairytale feel to it. I think Lisa Ekdahl can add to those views. She has a lovely voice, and her "Vem vet?" is definitely a modern classic. Here's the song with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GDQGAZunEg

Another beloved artist in Sweden is Lars Winnerbäck. He has been at it for quite some time, so it's hard to choose a representative song, but anyway, for what it's worth, here's Se dig om (Turn Around): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed0Nf6TFu-8

So. I've saved the best for last: Style - Dover-Calais. This masterpiece is considered by everyone that it is not only the best Swedish song ever written, but the best song period. The music video is also considered to be the most beautiful music video ever made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFP__UvoBDo Just kidding. Sorry 'bout that. I couldn't help myself. (But you gotta admit, those haircuts are quite snazzy. <3)

When it comes to movies and TV shows you're unfortunately asking the wrong person, since I am not very fond of Swedish cinema. However, I know a couple of titles that's a must:

  1. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ Åmål (Lukas Moodysson, 1998)
  2. En kärlekshistoria (A Swedish Love Story, Roy Andersson, 1970)
  3. De kallar oss mods (They Call Us Misfits, Stefan Jarl, 1968)

Så där ja. Hoppas du hittar någonting du gillar. :) (Well then, that's that. Hope you'll find something you'll like.)

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Strekoza88

Tack! I like the song, and I'll be listening to more of their songs as well! :)

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/theearpig

It sounds like a fairytale language because it's so similar to the language H. C. Andersen wrote in.

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

By that logic Dutch should also sound like a fairytale language because it's so similar to the language the brothers Grimm collected their works in. Or maybe Spanish, because it's so similar to the language Charles Perrault collected his works in. You could make the same argument about practically any language. :)

I love H. C. Andersen's works, and I own collections of them in Swedish and Danish both, but they don't make Swedish sound fairytaley.

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Berggie1

Haha. Except that Danish sounds like mumbling. Swedish is easier to pronounce. But carrot is way more fun to say in Danish than Swedish.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ultrahaggis

Euskefeurat from the north have some good fun songs - Länge har vi väntat, Mer och mer och mer, En fri man etc :)

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