How do I improve my Swedish?
Good day to you all. I'm looking for ideas on how to improve my Swedish. I actually started to learn Swedish a long time ago, I finished rosetta stone first, then I moved on to livemocha, finished that too, I watched a few Swedish films with all sorts of subtitles, I tried to listen to some audiobooks while reading the actual text, but that did not work for me very well. Of course, I finished the duolingo Swedish tree too.
I don't think that I'll ever reach the same level with Swedish as I have done with English, which is not my native language. I imagine that moving to Sweden would help, but that's not an option at the moment.
Right now I plan to see skrotnisse och hans vänner with dual subtitles (Swedish and English) and pippi långstrump with Swedish subtitles.
The funny thing is that I've picked up English without trying to learn it, it just happened while watching films, reading books, going online, etc. On the other hand, I have to actively try to learn Swedish.
Thanks for your patience. :)
The best thing you could do is expose yourself to the language every day, just like you did with English. Just keep watching movies and reading books, and I'm sure you'll improve exponentially. You can either watch the same movie over and over again until you're able to understand it without the need of any subtitles, or you can watch many different movies and then go back to the first one and see how much you've improved. Maybe you don't remember how much it took you to learn English, but I'm pretty sure that it took more than just a few movies, right? :)
Of course, watching movies is only useful when you understand what is being said, so you should look up new words on Google Translate, or even better Context Reverso. However, if you downloaded the movies on your computer, you could download both the English and Swedish subtitles, and convert them in one file through this website (http://pas-bien.net/2srt2ass/). This way you'll be able to see both subtitles at the same time, and instead of looking up new words online you'll just have to hit the pause button. [EDIT: sorry, I just noticed you're already planning to watch a tv show with dual subtitles!]
Learning a language takes time, just be patient end enjoy the process. Also, remember to find content you're interested in, because the more you're interested in something, the more your brain will remember it. And don't worry if in the beginning it seems like you're not making any progress, because you only need a few thousand words to understand almost any conversation, and once you'll have learned the most common words it will be a lot easier to learn all the others. And hearing the same words in different contexts is the best way to learn them, because you won't even need to memorize them, your brain will automatically assume that they're important.
Here's a video you might be interested in, about "interleaved learning" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAkviKn5Ycs). "Those who study in block massively will learn that particular bit of knowledge (or skill) better in the short term, while they're doing it. They'll learn better than the other group that are learning in a staggered or interspersed way. But in the long run, the interleaved (or staggered) learners will do better."
I wouldn't recommend Google Translate. Anyone can change a translation, anywhere. Instead, I think WordReference is helpful when you're trying to learn a language. Of course, continue using Duolingo as well!
I have thought about watching the same film several times, I've watched "det sjunde inseglet" a few times, but I get bored with most Swedish films. I will try to expose myself to Swedish as much as possible. Thank you for your answer.
After finishing the Swedish tree on Duolingo I started using (and still use) the resources below. It is mainly listening practice because reading is easy and speaking is hard to get good at without being there.
Nyheter på lätt svenska http://www.svtplay.se/video/10276484/svt-nyheter-pa-latt-svenska/svt-nyheter-pa-latt-svenska-13-sep-17-15 Short news clips in easy Swedish - I suggest listening to the Swedish version without any subtitles first, then clicking the "T" to turn on subtitles if you need to.
Radio Sweden på lätt svenska http://sverigesradio.se/sida/default.aspx?programid=4916 Similar to above but with articles+audio rather than video.
SVT Play also has Barnkanalen (the children's channel) and regular programs if you're up for it. There's a series called Vetenskapens värld (the world of science) that is pretty awesome but difficult.
That's awesome. I find it funny that they are speaking so slowly. I feel like saying: I'm not really retarded, I'm just learning Swedish. :)
You're welcome. This worked well for me with Russian. I haven't tried Swedish. Don't be too long winded. If the pieces are too long, not many--if any--people will comment on them, as correcting a long essay is so much work. Correct the contributions of others, too, to keep the site humming along.
I don't think you have learned everything in the tree, just finishing it once. Try to do the same you did to learn English.
I will continue to practice on duolingo and I'll try other things too, that's why I wanted ideas.
Hi I have started last week and I have learned that Swedish is a hard language. I have tried German before and it is similar but easier. You Said that you now some Swedish so German will be a walk in the park. And remember that practice makes perfect.
P.S. congrats on getting threw the tree.
It is very important to immerse yourself around native speakers and practice with them. That's how I got fluent. Lycka till!
Maybe start reading children's books in Swedish? Since moving to Sweden isn't an option for you, why not try get in contact with native speakers online and practice with them?
Lycka till! Du når ditt mål förr eller senare om du inte ger upp - och visst kan du bli lika bra på svenska som engelska. Det är bara att träna på!