https://www.duolingo.com/fairestandfallen

Why are you learning Swedish?

I'm learning it for three main reasons:

  1. I think Germanic languages are fun and easy. It's so cool to see similarities between them such as the words "turtle" and "read".
  2. I'm an avid reader of the webcomic Stand Still, Stay Silent.
  3. It's a gateway to Danish and Norwegian!
2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kaynessart

Jag lär mig svenska eftersom min pojkvän är en svensk och jag planerar att flytta till honom i Sverige.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohanStrom3910

Du är bäst!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaynessart

du också! älskar dig så mycket :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lavendeltee
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I am a big fan of Germanic languages too!. I have chosen Swedish mainly because I am interested in Scandinavian classical music. First of all, I am a Sibelianer. It means that I am admirer of music by Jean Sibelius who was a Finnish composer but belonged to the Swedish speaking minority (that time it was still a majority :D). So the knowledge of Swedish makes it possible to read his diaries and correspondence, and as Sibelius turned a lot of Swedish poems into music, I am also excited to make an acquaintance with the original sources. And then, it is a gateway for me as well, as I am able to understand a bit of written Danish or Norwegian and thus to find out additional information about musicians and composers of the North.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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AFAIK, Swedish speakers were never a majority in Finland, although at the time when Finland was ceded to Russia in 1809, the amount of Swedish speakers was about 15% (compared to 5.4% today).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lavendeltee
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Yep you are right, it was a clumsy saying of me. Dear Finns, please don't judge me hard for not being fit in the history of your country, as history has always been my weak point ^.^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Godhuntress

I'm just happy you are aware of the existence of Finland in the first place.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedMoe51

Finland is a gorgeous country although the language seems difficult af.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200
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Finland Swedish is hardly more difficult than the western variety.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Godhuntress

Think he meant Finnish, not Finland Swedish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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Hey, no worries. The language situation of Finland is interesting regardless. :) Interestingly, the church used to be a factor making Swedish priests learn Finnish, so as to be able to communicate with their local parishes, since most of them were from Swedish-speaking burgher families.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200
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True, on the other hand Swedish was the dominant language in the Finnish society until about 1900.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Godhuntress

Among the "better folk", yes, but the regular people spoke Finnish. They just couldn't get education etc in Finnish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy
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I am learning Swedish because I love to sing in Swedish and would like to be able to talk with native speakers in Swedish. I also want to watch Swedish tv show in Swedish without subtitles

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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I love singing in other langauges! Singing in your target language is immensely helpful because you are using different parts of your brain than you are when you are simply speaking or reading. It is an excellent way to improve retention and fluency. Keep it up!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lallot96

I'm a 20 years old student with the passion for languages and for travelling around the world. I'm half italian, quorter english and quorter swedish. This last bit is The main reason why I took up learning swedish. Briefly,as all the family is splitted around the world, I never had a "family-bond feeling", and now that my grandmother- who's the swedish ancestor- passed away and never had the possibility to catch up with her, I want to create a special bond with her, and the only way to.do so I feel is learning swedish, in order to be able, one day, to go in Sweden and look for my family roots!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/learnwordsnow

I want to move to Sweden. Although apparently a lot of people speak English really well, I think it's only fair for me to learn their language if they have to tolerate me. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/harry-chase

If you want to join a Skype group in which you can practice your conversational Swedish, you can join here.

https://join.skype.com/obcBhowg8eSD

It is exclusive to Duolingo users.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielGreen86

I am learning Swedish as I have a son to a Swede. Whilst her and I are no longer together my son is now 7 and I have made every effort to keep in touch with his development on every level. Swedish is his primary language when he is with her and I don't want him thinking that he cannot express himself when he is in my company. I maintain strong friendships with Swedish nationals and have been there several times. One day I hope to do an exchange through my work and spend some time living there. Duolingo is a fine platform for learning and I can't wait for more Swedish content.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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because I live in Finland

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Godhuntress

I'm learning Swedish, because I was already taught it at school (in Finland) for many years and I got a pretty strong basis for it. I also find it rather easy and knowing Swedish has made my time in Norway a lot easier and speeds up my Norwegian learning process. And also because a great deal of my ancestry is Swedish/Scandinavian, although that's a poor ass reason in my opinion.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Justin86301
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So I can talk to my SAAB and buy furniture at IKEA.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulJD1

I like Sweden and Swedish culture, and I would love to be able to read Swedish books and visit Sweden often in the future. I like the Germanic languages in general, and I think it would be cool to use Swedish to help me learn the other Scandinavian languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hupfballe
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I'm learning swedish, because i visited Sweden a few years ago and discovered the beauty of this land and language. To me it would be easier, if there would be the possibility to learn direct german-> swedish at duolingo. Especially the grammatic explications. On the other hand i can practice my english knowledge.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Buruboro
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I'm also quite a fan of the Germanic languages! I'm learning Swedish (I also hope to learn the other Scandinavian languages too) because I love the way it sounds. I think it would be cool to know a language less common than say, Spanish or French. Oh, and I would also like to visit Sweden/Scandinavia one day. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I'm learning it because to me it is easy and beautiful, and like you said, a gateway to the other North Germanic (and even other Germanic ) languages. I was hooked on it right away, and it took me not long at all to be able to read and understand

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bregje729084

I know some Swedish natives and whenever they talk together it sounds lovely, almost like singing. For me, as a Dutch girl, it sounds almost familiar but I never understand. :-) They tought me some Swedish songs too.

There is no real reason to learn Swedish, as mentioned before, because there English is, in general even better than that from the Dutch, but as I will go there on holiday within a few weeks time, it was a good excuse to start on this course. It would be very nice if I can say at least "Hej!" en "Tack så mycket" when I am doing my shopping! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Koopafro
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Upvoting for (2). Stand Still, Stay Silent is a masterpiece, and I admit it has also helped develop my curiosity toward nordic languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fairestandfallen

I just learned the word for "the horse" today, and now the name of the chainsaw train they ride (dallahasten or something) makes much more sense!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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Never heard of the webcomic, but a dalahäst is one of the most common symbols of Swedish cultural heritage. You can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalecarlian_horse

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fairestandfallen

Cool, thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/birdland33
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I visited the country ages ago, and I loved it, ( but then again, whats not to love :) ). I hope to return, speaking the language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmitTroll

So I can sing along to Trollhammaren :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200
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Vad är det, en sång?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmitTroll

Ja, du kan google det :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edvinas_ab

I learn Swedish because I plan to move to Stockholm next month and start a new life there. So, I need something to start with while I'm in my home country. :p

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BearPigMan

I have a knack for Germanic languages as they seem easier to me for some odd reason. Swedish doesn't seem hard to me (yet!), despite it being the hardest Scandinavian language grammatically-wise, (not touching upon Icelandic, Faroese, or Finnish). For all my life, Spanish was the language I was forced to learn, and I learned to absolutely hate that language. It wasn't exciting to me, but I excelled at it. To this day, I can read and understand Spanish for the most part without going to a translator, but I'm extremely rusty at speaking... I explored other languages, and then I stumbled upon the Scandinavian languages. I tried out all three, but the one I liked the most was Swedish. If I keep continuing with Swedish, I will try to eventually learn Danish and then Norwegian. To me, Danish seemed way too hard to understand and pronounce, but the grammar was a walk in the park. Then, Norwegian has way too many dialects, and too few speakers, but the language was crystal clear for the most part. Swedish seemed like a good starter language to learn. I enjoy quite it a lot too! My whole goal is to tackle Icelandic, which I know is quite the beast. Tack så mycket och hej då!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShelsyVargas

alskar svenska sprak

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/harry-chase

If anybody would like to practice their conversational Swedish, feel free to join the duolingo skype group.

https://join.skype.com/obcBhowg8eSD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuncanHill0

I'm learning it for a few reasons.

I have a good Swedish friend, and although he speaks excellent English and now lives in Australia I would like to be able to talk to him in his own language.

I've been to Sweden a few times and know I will get even more enjoyment from future visits if I know the language.

I want to read the Wallander books in the original.

And Swedish is such a pretty language to listen to!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GustavGustaffson
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My reasons are number 1 & 3.

2 years ago
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