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Hello!

I am learning Swedish and have been for a while now, and I'm confident in writing down things which I've learnt. However, whenever I watch some Swedish videos, I simply can't understand because they speak SO fast, and I was wondering if there was a way that I could maybe learn how to understand them when they're speaking so fast? I find it incredibly difficult to watch a video in Swedish because I simply can't keep up with what they're saying. I understand it's a difficult language but surely there must be some ways, besides constant practise, to help me understand what natives are saying when they're speaking at a comfortable speed for them?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! :) Thank you!

2 years ago

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If you google for videos, you can use the phrase på lätt svenska to find stuff – for instance I found this video where a librarian tells stories and tries to speak slowly and use easier words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGQrbf45iRA

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicAisthorpe

Thank you! I'll give it a go! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vevlira

Oh, that seems like a really good tip, thank you!

2 years ago

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You can try watching children's shows where they talk a little slower and with simpler words, but I can't really think of any other way to train your ear to how Swedish sounds other than to just keep watching. That's what helped me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicAisthorpe

I'll give that a go! :) Thanks, I think it'll be a big help!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa1240

Sites like this can be useful http://8sidor.se/ It has news articles in simple Swedish but with accompanying audio. I play the audio and try to figure out what they're saying before I look at the text. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicAisthorpe

Ah, does it work well for you? Have you been able to notice a faster understanding of Swedish? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vevlira

The only thing you can probably do here is to listen more, honestly. I would've also recommended childrens shows and 8sidor, but others have already done that.

When I started watching stuff on svtplay.se I could hardly understand anything without looking at the subtitles, but everday I look less and less at the subtitles... ah, maybe you didn't know this: there are a lot of clips at svtplay.se with Swedish subtitles. They are not 100% accurate (which means they don't transcribe everything that is being said and some things are left out, but they never change the meaning of what is said), but they really are a great help in the beginning.

And actually, at least for me, it's a lot easier to understand someone speaking Swedish in real life than on radio or tv, even though it might be faster still. Don't know why that is, maybe because the context is clearer, I don't know.

Just keep at it, you'll get there!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicAisthorpe

Thank you! I've been watching some YouTube videos and it might just be who I'm watching that speaks fast, but I'll understand eventually. :) Thanks for the help!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vevlira

Ah, I see. I've also started watching YouTube videos recently (which channels are you watching?) and from my experience, the speed is usually much higher and the pronunciation unclearer than at svtplay.se, which makes sense, since YouTubers are usually just doing it as a hobby and aren't professional tv-presenters ;)

So, yeah, definitely give svtplay.se a try. I think it's a lot more accessible in this regard.

2 years ago

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I watch (mostly Disney) songs with the subtitles in Swedish and translated to English at the bottom. It helps with my reading, listening, and understanding all in one!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicAisthorpe

Thanks! I'll try this out with my friend and see if she doesn't mind if I put them on. :P

2 years ago

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I'm not a native speaker but I just finneshed living in Sweden and want to keep practicing. I'd be down to skyp to help you practice if you want!

2 years ago