https://www.duolingo.com/staparry

Finished the Swedish Tree!

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After a year of studying Swedish daily, I have finished the tree! I have tried many different avenues to learn Swedish before (via a grammar book, rosetta stone, other online communities) but because of the content and the community Duolingo provides, I was able to focus on my goal and finish the tree. Thanks to Duolingo and the Swedish team for making this course happen.

The way I proceeded through the tree was that I could not learn anything new if I had lessons that were not golden. And even if I had all my lessons golden, I would not allow myself to learn too many new things at once. Slowly mastering the course along the way and keeping a consistent speed allowed me to really absorb the material. I kept notes from each lesson, not only on the grammatical rules, but on vocabulary, and of useful sentences.

Along the way, I took the Swedish Progress quiz. My first quiz was after 2 months of studying Swedish, and I got a 2.03/5, then 4 months after that, I got a 2.77/5, 3 months later, I got a 3.81/5, and 3 month after the previous one (today), I got a 4.55/5. I remember being very frustrated when I first took the quiz because it used many words and structures I had not been exposed to. Now that I have completed the course, the quiz seems to be a fair representation of the important points from the course.

I am looking forward to the release of the Swedish Tree 2.0. Till then, I will continue to review lessons, translate several Swedish cook books I bought while I was in Sweden last summer, and spend some more time on my German tree.

Tack så mycket, Stephen

3 years ago

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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Grattis! Jag studerar italienska ungefär på samma sätt som du läste svenska. Jag repeterar mycket och fortsätter med nya lektioner först när all gamla är gyllene, men är sämre än du på att ta anteckningar :).

Kan du laga raggmunk?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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Tack! Jag tror att skriva är bra att lära sig att stava--det hjälpte mig. Jag kan laga kardemummabullar, lussekatter, marängtårta med hasselnötter, raggmunk, bland andra. Jag vill lära mig hur laga prinsesstårta. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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Då är du bättre på att baka än jag :). Det borde finnas en kardemummabullens dag, jag tycker att de är mycket godare än kanelbullar!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Awesome! I still have yet to speak Swedish truly as a beginner, but I'm going to make it the next language I will learn. It's simply beautiful. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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The sound of Swedish definitely inspired me to learn the language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sweatypie2
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I picked this course at random as a bit of fun and had no intention of getting involved. However, when I reaslised that Swedish grammar is nothing like German grammar (my native language) I became interested, in fact I got hooked. Currently reading Pippi Langstrump. The only drawback is that it is unlikely that I will ever have an opportunity to speak Swedish, as all Swedes know English so well. I see from the above post that there will be a continuation and I'm looking forward to itl

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcinM85
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It has been discussed here before that there is usually no problem with convincing Swedish people to speak Swedish with you. You just need to say that you want to practise. Of course sometimes it can be a bit inconvenient, for a example in a shop when there is a long queue behind you. It's probably better to get some Swedish friends. And it has been also mentioned here that not all Swedes speak English so well. A lot of them know English but some do not feel so comfortable speaking it.

And yes, I'm also looking forward to the Swedish Tree 2.0!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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I went to Sweden last year, and it is true that most Swedes know English. If you go into a restaurant or cafe and order in Swedish, my experience was that they would respond back in Swedish--often with a question that I had not prepared for. One thing I did note is when I traveled outside of Stockholm, fewer people I encountered spoke Swedish, so it definitely helped in smaller cities and rural towns.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tranholmen_SE

Grattis!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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Tack! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stephen21445

Grattis, från en Stephen till en annan! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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Tusen Tack Stephen. Lycka till med språkinlärning :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcinM85
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Grattis! Jag håller med att det är viktigt att inte skynda sig så mycket när man gör en språkkurs. Och jag väntar också på det svenska trädet 2.0.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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Tack! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eekboom

Grattis! That was probably wise to keep your tree golden before starting with new lessons. I remember that I was quite frustrated for a while because it felt like my tree deteriorated quicker than I could strengthen it.

And if you need help with your German tree feel free to contact me. (I am learning Swedish from English, but my native tongue is German).

Me myself, I still have a week or so to go before finishing swedish. (And btw my first name is also Stephen).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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I began teaching myself German two years ago via Duolingo for a trip I took through Austria. I put it on the back-burner last year once the Swedish course became available. I am now going back to the course and relearning a lot of the material. I find Swedish grammar to be very similar to English grammar, but German is a bit more complex. A language partner\reference would be nice.

Viel Glück with finishing up the tree Stephen!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry
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Tack! :)

3 years ago
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