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From zero knowledge to learning Swedish. How has your experience been?

Greetings,

This site has always attracted me. It seems like such a truly extraordinary opportunity to learn languages, in a way that is intuitive and accessible. I suppose that is where some hesitation has arisen... that it may be too good to be true. It seems that most threads on this forum (that I have visited) discuss using Duolingo with another source (or as a minor supplementation for their main program/prior experience with the language.)

May I ask how you feel about your abilities, particularly if Duolingo is your sole place for learning? How have you found Swedish to be? I am only on lesson three, Phrases, and it has begun to be a bit difficult to differentiate between words and remember their definitions (though I know that, being so early in the process, it just comes down to practice.) How long have you been studying? As you have progressed, has anything changed?

Any other thoughts?

Thank you. AV

2 years ago

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I have been learning Swedish for more than a year now. The Swedish tree is pretty good but using additional learning materials is always nice. My best friends are Swedish, so my motivation to learn it is really high. I chat every day with them in Swedish. I understand most conversations and can also respond alright. My next goal is to get to a solid advanced level aka b2.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I had no knowledge of Swedish before starting the tree, and know I can read, speak to native speakers on GoSpeaky, and also listen to music. I can even understand a little of the other Nordic languages. The Swedish tree is very well. I did use outside sources a bit, though. Wikipedia and a dictionary is a great way to advance, especially if you write down words you don't know. Disney music and SwedishPod101 are good for listening skills.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hegelacan
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I started learning Swedish 5 months ago. I learned only with Duolingo. I am now at B1-level (it is a european measure-system of language-knowledge) and still better than the other students in my Swedish course at university.

Duolingo makes it very easy to learn efficient and lasting. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alex633278
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I've been studying DL swedish for twelve days, and never used anything else to study it but DL. Picking up a language from scrap, without any prior instruction or exposure, is tough. One thing I've noticed is that the first time I learned the difference between -en and -ett words, for example, or the singular plural lessons, or the pronouns and the possessives... that first practice is not enough to get it to stick. You have to come back and review, review, review. In addition you have to keep moving into new material, so that you're introducing words and concepts that you will only really "know" once you've reviewed them for the fourth or fifth time. You have to be comfortable with the fact that you're not going to know everything perfectly after the first try... be ready to make lots of mistakes, and keep coming back. One suggestion might be to do 3-4 review lessons for every new lesson you do. Just today I also got a used set of CDs from the old "Teach Yourself..." series for Swedish. I listen to it in the car, it's frustrating not understanding everything, having a hard time with the pronounciation, playing tracks over and over, but I can't do DL when I'm driving, so it's a little bit of extra practice. I would suggest adding some extra practice to your DL work, but committing to doing at least 5 lessons (50 EXP) per day in the language to make progress.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theokgustavo
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This course is great! I've completed it and learned a lot. I started from knowing absolutely nothing to now being able to talk with a Swedish friend of mine. I'm obviously not fluent yet, but I continue to learn and practice from other places.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielGreen86

I have found this course exceptionally helpful. By far the best learning resource I have come across. I am very happy that it encompasses many aspects of the language and culture and feel like it is very transferable to practical everyday use. I'd like to extend my gratification and thanks to the people who are responsible for both putting this program together and constantly maintaining it. Happy learning!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristyBon2

My experience has been so great with Duolingo. When i was in Highschool i took 3 college classes of a foreign language (Japanese). It felt like I studied so much, read tons of text books, checked out tapes, but could never get the basics down and had no ear for it at all! I couldn't even read children's books without sweating. The whole experience was terrible and now ive forgotten everything. Technology has changed a lot since then, but I started Swedish from scratch a few months a go and already I feel like I have a better handling of this language and can actually communicate basic phrases. I supplement by reading and translating Swedish news and went to my used book store and luckily found some old Swedish kids books. I need to work on my speaking but you guys have provided some good resources here and i plan on finding away to practice with native speakers!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SterlingHancock

I just finished the Swedish duolingo course, having previously not known a word of Swedish when I started. I've lived in Sweden for 12 months so that certainly has helped. Duolingo helped me with reading comprehension but not very much when actually talking to someone and understanding what they are saying in real time. The pronunciation of the text-to-speech is ok but in my experience, not always close to how natives actually talk. I find myself generally able to make myself understood (although not always perfect grammar etc) when speaking Swedish, but have more trouble understanding what people are saying to me. Duolingo is a great resource but it shouldn't be the only resource you use to learn a language.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RG710
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I used to learn Swedish alongside Spanish before when I first started using DL, but I quit my Swedish tree to focus on my Spanish first. I actually was waiting for Norwegian course before it was made. I decided to try Swedish to see how similar it is to Norwegian because I already knew that Norwegian and Danish are pretty similar just the pronunciations are different. I was surprised actually because I enjoyed the tree and I learned a lot and get the sense of learning Scandinavian language. However, halfway through I quit. But although I quit, each time I see or hear Swedish I did understand few sentences, words and even the whole thing sometimes. I think the Swedish team did a great job and the tree is definitely helpful and great to learn and see the structures of the language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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My knowledge of Swedish was confined to Svenska flicka and tacks a miki (what they sounded like to me) from the very few words my grandmother knew. I'd say just keep going. ESPECIALLY at first, with a language you have no knowledge of, strengthen whenever your skills decay. That's VITAL for true retention., I didn't find Swedish too hard because there are similarities to English and German (it is, after all, a Germanic language, and English borrowed words and grammar from Scandinavian languages during the Danelaw), but repetition has still been really important. Also, look for the similarities to your native language, and English. Those will also help you retain the language.

2 years ago

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Swedish is by far the easiest language I've tried to learn; it has fewer grammatical quirks than any other language I've tried so I get to spend more time acquiring vocabulary. The pronunciation is a bit subtle because it has a lot of vowel sounds and soft consonants. The spelling and current pronunciation have had three centuries to drift apart requiring a fair amount of rote memorization on the part of the learner. Started from scratch about 3 months ago and am enjoying myself. My German vocabulary has been quite helpful. I can tell that the Swedish team has put a lot of TLC into this course already. Tree 2.0 should be absolutely amazing. Tusen tack y'all.

2 years ago

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It's been AMAZING. I'm am actually in awe of how useful the Duolingo course is. Honestly, a lot of it has to do with how similar Swedish is to English. (I finished the Turkish tree and learned a ton but can't really speak much, whereas the Swedish course had me speaking Swedish somewhat confidently when I visited Sweden 9 months later).

5 stars, would recommend on Yelp lol.

2 years ago

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When I initially started the course, I had no knowledge of Swedish. Doing a couples of lessons per day, along with watching/listening/media to Swedish media for about 9 months or so, I found myself having written conversations quite comfortably. I'm not very fluent when I speak Swedish but I've found I can understand most of the language when I skype text / gospeaky text with Swedes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trilby16

Fantastic! I love Duolingo and I love learning Swedish on it. So how is it that, today, Duolingo has gone blank on my computer? I'm getting frantic....

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NickGartsu

Here are some other sources I have used while taking SFI and trying to learn Swedish: https://enmoments.wordpress.com/learning-language/

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Willem533321

My experience has been good, but why can't I get duolingo Swedish back? I keep getting Greek.

3 months ago