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I spoke Swedish for the first time!

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Today, while at a market, I met a stall holder who happened to be from Sweden. So, I asked her, "Talar du Svenska?" and the conversation starting in Swedish from there. The market was closing soon, so I had to leave quickly but I managed to still have a basic conversation with her. I was really happy because she said I spoke Swedish well. I did have trouble however, understanding everything she said when she replied in Swedish, which is funny because I usually have trouble with listening exercises on Duolingo. We ended the conversation after I bought something off her, we both said 'hej da' and I had to go.

It was my experience speaking Swedish in real life (compared to online), have any of you spoken Swedish in real life yet while learning in on Duolingo?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/LanaMacabra

Hi :-)

When we went to Sweden for vacation I didn't speak a single word Swedish except "tack" and "hej". While we stayed there our whole family fell in love with the country and its people. In the end we bought a house, so my family started learning basic Swedish for future vacations, but because I didn't have enough spare time I didn't make much progress.

Then, one day, I was alone on my way to our vacation home, the first time since we had bought it. I stayed at a very small Swedish hotel for the night. In the morning the young lady, who was responsible for the breakfast room, came in and served me. I said the few phrases I knew back then for eating at restaurants and hotels and tried to pronounce everything as my teacher (a native of Sweden) had taught me and I felt rather pleased with myself, because she understood everything perfectly fine.

While I had breakfast, I noticed that the young woman seemed to talk to herself in fast Swedish, while preparing the other tables (it was very early in the morning and I was the only guest in the breakfast room). From time to time she would turn around, look at me and cock her eyebrows but I didn't think much of it (I am not good with interpreting facial expressions in the morning ;-) ). Then suddenly she came up to my table and spoke to me directly and she seemed kind of angry.

I just blinked: "You realize that I don't understand a thing you just said? I am German, you know?", I asked. We just stared at each other and then she started laughing and said: "Oh, that explains everything! I thought you to be the most unfriendly Swede I have ever met, because I tried to do smalltalk the whole time and you didn't bother to answer." Apparently my teacher had done a good job (too good) and she hadn't realized that I wasn't Swedish from the few phrases I had given her at the beginning of our conversation. We both laughed a lot about it and had a nice chat afterwards, although it was in English ;-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyAspeslagh

Best language related story I've read here so far, have a lingot! :')

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanaMacabra

Thx :-) If you need help with German, you know where to ask ;-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyAspeslagh

Haha I'm putting german on hold for at least 2 years, I have enough motivation to learn it again (I used to learn myself it when I was a kid, never got far, I still have an assimil in german somewhere).

But any german I've learned over the years has been butchered by my swedish voc, can't speak a single sentence without throwing a swedish word in.

To avoid confusing the two I'm going to let swedish sink down once I'm finished with this tree. But german is definitely something I'll learn myself eventually :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nebelung1
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I am a Swede learning German! I hope you have as fun learning Swedish as I have learning German! :)

Ich denke, dass ich geschreibenes Deutsch ziemlich gut verstehen kann (ich lese langsam und gewissenhaft). Aber ich kann Deutsch nicht gut aussprechen und ich muss auch mein Hörverständnis verbessern ^^ Und natürlich arbeite ich immer mit der Grammatik und mit neuen Wörter zu lernen. Ich werde mein erstes Buch auf Deutsch nächstem Jahr lesen. Es wird eine richtige Herausforderung zu sein!

(German is difficult!) :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanaMacabra

Hallo :-) Schön zu hören, dass es dir Spaß macht Deutsch zu lernen! Mir geht es sehr ähnlich mit Schwedisch. Ich habe keine Schwierigkeiten es zu lesen, aber die schwedische Aussprache ist doch sehr melodisch im Vergleich zum Deutschen! Wenn du Fragen zu Deutsch hast, dann kann ich dir gerne behilflich sein ;-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nebelung1
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Echt toll! I can help you with Swedish too, if you ever have any questions, whether it be grammar, some strange word or whatever it may be! ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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How cool ;D I spoke English face to face with a native speaker when I was in the zoo, it was very cool, I understood all she said, are you from any Oceanic country?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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Australia, also Chanukkah Sameach :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Thanks, are you Jewish?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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I'm not, but I have Jewish friends, so, I know when the Jewish holidays are.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magicafan
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That's awesome! Unfortunately it hasn't happened to me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tjasonham
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Wonderful! The first time I ever spoke Swedish was with a woman working at the gift shop at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. (Stumbled upon it by pure coincidence while on a business trip.)

Went to Sweden a month later for vacation and ended up speaking a lot more :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
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Nice :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pancakes-R-Us

Nice! Just started learning Swedish but I am more familiar with Danish. It was hard to wrap my head how easy the starter words are! Anyways good job!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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Varje dag med mina vÄnner.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/warrenbisch

Congrats on 365 days!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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That's really cool! I haven't spoken to a native speaker in Swedish yet, but I do know some Swedes on different websites. I'm still very new to learning the language, though, so I'm not sure how I would do in a conversation....

2 years ago