https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

What is your reason to learn Swedish?

I am just interested to find out what other people's reasons are. Quite frankly, I don't have a particular reason. Maybe that's why I only do it from time to time.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kellin09
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I don't have the reason either. I just like how it sounds and want to read some books in swedish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

When I first started Swedish, it was out of pure curiosity. My main goals were German and Spanish. However I soon became addicted to learning Swedish, and even though it is my "fourth language", I would say I'm more proficient in it than my second and third. You really don't have to have much of a reason to start learning a language. For one, it is good brain exercise! And later on maybe you can travel!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

Thank you for your answer.

I think "Brain exercise" is one of the main reasons I'm actually learning it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Same for me. It is a really fun language to learn! Good luck to you in your tree :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.O.Bortot
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I agree with you that studying Swedish is a very good brain exercise, its grammar structure has so much logical thinking!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vickyb_007
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I started learning Swedish because I have family members and friends from Sweden and Finland. I might go this summer to Sweden and Finland to visit my family.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

You have to tell us how you get along when you are in Sweden. So far, I didn't have the chance to use my Swedish and it would be quite interesting to see how well others do

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LynnUSA
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Great grandparents were from Denmark, but I always liked the sound of Swedish better, and found Swedes to be incredibly warm + welcoming, so I said meh why not do Swedish then.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mumriken

I live in Finland so I sort of have to study det andra inhemska språket to pass my compulsory Swedish course at university lol. Also some jobs in my field require good Swedish, or at least benefit from it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

So Finish people actually need to learn Swedish then? I didn't know that!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rockysfairat
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I moved to Sweden in October 2015 with an absolutely zero language skills. So, I'm trying to learn this language just because I have to.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

kinda same here but it is the first country I lived in where you don't actually need the local language. Does not really encourage learning...:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rockysfairat
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>the first country I lived in where you don't actually need the local language

I'm not so lucky — I live in Skåne and here's kinda hard to find someone who can speak English :-/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jojjok
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I would like to argue with you about that it's hard to find people in Skåne who speak English, but that's probably just because I find it hard to believe. I'm from Skåne, and I thought people there speak just as good English as the rest of the country but maybe not

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rockysfairat
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Maybe not :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/havjermunaas

I agree with Jojjok, most people in Skåne (young, old, educated, non-educated) speak quite a good English. For me it is actually difficult to practice Swedish with them, since they tend to switch to English to get their message through easier. If you want to practice your Duolingo Swedish, it might be harder in Skåne, since their accent is quite different from rikssvenka.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

omg! really? I travelled alot around the country and never ever faced any difficulties with English! However, I tend to irritate people around by practicing Swedish and we kinda do not discuss rocket science:))))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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Is Sweden really as expensive as they say it is? I'd like to move there someday, but I'm afraid that as a freelancer I won't have enough money to afford it..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rockysfairat
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Well yes, it's an expensive country, very expensive.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

depends on what area you are lancing in...the taxes are high, estimate some 30-35% of your earnings. Depends on your expenses but I wouldn't expect something less than 1000 euro/months

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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Thanks! I also did some research yesterday and I've read somewhere that the average expenses are 10% higher than here in Italy, but as you said a lot depends on what one does with his money, and the taxes here are just as high, so there's a good chance that I wouldn't even feel the expensiveness of Sweden, as long as I make the right choices. Tack igen!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

okay, then we can compare with Italy (I lived in Bologna last spring). Rent - 520 euro (monolocale) +expenses in Italy, here - 4100 SEK all included (kinda pure luck, expect smth more expensive I believe). Food - some 300 euro/month in Italy and some 3000SEK here. Transport - okay, that one is a disaster here, so I use bike whenever I can. Going out - forget about 10 euro/lunch all included and 20 euro/dinner. Well, for lunch you can find smth like this but never for dinner. Alcohol - another disaster. So I guess 10% are doable if you are thinking about what you spend:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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Wow, I wasn't expecting a detailed comparison! Just what I wanted to know, thanks again, here are 5 lingots for your trouble :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikero
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I am learning Swedish because I am considering migrating to Sweden (or Norway) actually. But before I do that I decided I needed to learn as much as possible about the Swedish language and their culture.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

Interesting. Any reason why you want to live in Sweden?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikero
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There are a lot reasons why I am considering Sweden. But most of these reasons also apply to Norway, so I'm not sure if Sweden is going to be the one ;)

As a Dutchman the amount of space available (about 20 times less densely populated then The Netherlands), and the nature interest me greatly. I am also very impressed by Sweden's government and politics. They have tax-funded health care and largely free education.

But largely there's just something about Scandinavia that intrigues me for no apparent reason.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qquagga
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I want to live in Sweden! I might be the only person who actually likes their weather haha. Of course when I was there in December it was still pretty warm--not much worse than winters in the San Francisco Bay Area where I'm from. I was actually disappointed by that. I am always too hot here in California and wanted a chance to wear some of my coats for once. When the sun came out finally I found the winter light to be absolutely stunning and I can't wait for my next chance to be there in winter to do photography. My opinions on their weather will likely change once I experience my first entire winter there though, haha.

More importantly than being able to expand my wardrobe is my art, and I found myself very inspired by their cities and countrysides equally. I can see myself growing old drawing, painting and photographing Norrköping and its beautiful blend between the two. Norrköping might seem a little random but it's where my favorite band is from, which brings me to why I have a fascination with Sweden to begin with. I started listening to Swedish music about 5 or 6 years ago and really liked it. Last.fm brought up more and more Swedish music that I liked and I've been listening to it ever since.

Sorry for such a long comment! I might be a little too passionate :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

No it's great that you are so passionate about it! :) I hope you can fulfill your dream and live there!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/the_king_rat

On my visit to Sweden last fall, my grandmother's cousin made a snide remark that he thought I would have learned a little bit of Swedish before visiting.

On my next visit, I hope to not have to have him translate when talking to my other cousins whose English isn't so great.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnitaSpringer

I have Swedish friends and have been to Sweden,, would like to go again. Also I am interested in the history of languages, speak German too and like understanding how these languages and English are related.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

There are many similar words in German in Swedish so I guess that helps?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Well, I tell myself it's because 1/4 of my ancestors are from Sweden, and I might want to go there someday, but really it's because I'm a language geek.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

Aren't we all? :) I wish I could learn so many languages as you do! Can you really SPEAK all of them?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Spanish, yes, reasonably well. Portuguese, I can communicate but haven't had a ton of practice - French and German - meh, carryovers from college, just reviewing but could probably function as a tourist. Dutch same, just starting Italian, might be able to order a sandwich in Catalan and Swedish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

Okay :) but still a lot

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

I am studying in Sweden and feels like I want to stay here after the graduation. Well, I am a travel girl, so I might move to another country as well but it never hurts to get some extra language knowledge:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

Where are you studying exactly? I might do a semester abroad in Sweden ... so how much do I have to pay for rent for example ..?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

I am doing my master at Uppsala University. Well, Sweden is freaking expensive to be honest. I spend around 1500 euro monthly in total, well, there is a way to spend less but I wouldn't expect anything below a 1000 actually. Renting an apartment is a special department of hell on Earth here and really depends on how lucky you are. My apartment is sort of provided by university and it is 4100 SEK monthly (a bit more than 400 euro). If you don't get any rent support from the uni...well, best of luck to you then))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L0ve3span0l

Thanks a lot. I heard from different people that it really is expensive ... I don't know if I can manage it ...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tania265038

You are most welcome:) feel free to ask any questions you might have. Sweden is still one of the best countries I lived in (and I lived in many of them)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajtjp
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Sweden tends to be expensive in general compared to most countries. In Uppsala in particular, I learned from the locals while I was there that rent had been price-controlled for quite awhile to keep it reasonable (by Swedish standards), with the result that building apartments was not very profitable, causing a shortage and thus making it quite expensive in the non-price-controlled areas or on the gray (unofficial sub-lease) market, and making it tougher to find available places in price-controlled areas. Thus, at least in Uppsala, it's helpful if you have university-connected housing, as finding it on your own could prove difficult. But I don't know if other Swedish cities have the same issue, so if you're studying elsewhere it may not be a problem (though the general Swedish expensiveness would still exist). Tania's figures line up with what I remember from a few years back.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dr.elsayyed

for medical license :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.O.Bortot
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I always wanted to study a Scandinavian language and I didn't know on what language should I start, because Swedish, Norwegian and Danish are very similar to each other. I started Danish but without too much motivation, then I discovered I'll get an opportunity to travel to Sweden, and I began to feel motivate to study Swedish! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajtjp
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I studied Swedish a bit when I lived there for a few months, but didn't get especially far with it, and have forgotten most of it since then. But recently I learned that a co-worker is fluent in Swedish, and a few of us are thinking of organizing a study group. Having someone to practice with in real life would address the main reason I've been inconsistent with Esperanto thus far, and thus far I've re-learning my Swedish without too much difficulty. I could see myself visiting in the future as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GenevieveLaurin
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I love Swedish folklore, culture and values. But the deciding factor was that I wanted to understand Finntroll's lyrics! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AccioBuckbeak

I'm really hoping to study in Sweden for University. I'm from Australia and we don't really learn many languages over here, so Swedish is my second language. I want to learn so I can have a little knowledge before heading over.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewR231085

There is no real reason, other than I simply want to learn Swedish.

I don't know anyone from Sweden, and have no plans to move there, but would like to visit one day.

I've also rediscovered my childhood interest in languages and plan to revise French and German from my schooldays and pick up a few others.

But why start with Swedish? I don't know, maybe it's because I like the colours and design of the Swedish flag? That seems as good a reason as any! :D

2 years ago
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