Hi everyone. I'm trying to learn Swedish now and can you give me some tips for learning it faster because me and my family moved to Sweden when I didn't even understand swedish at all but when I installed duolingo it was much better learning the language, but it's not as fast as I need it because I am going to school and everyone speaks Swedish there, but very little children know English so it's hard. If you know any tips please write a comment. By the way I'm 11 years old.

November 15, 2016


Combining Duolingo with being immersed in the language is a really good way to learn, so I think you'll be just fine. There are no "quick fixes" for learning a language, but as a general rule it really helps to be exposed to it. Considering you live in Sweden now, and that you're very young, Swedish should come naturally to you with a little time, practice and patience.

November 15, 2016

Don't stress too much about it, it will just create anxiety and making learning a language harder and more frustrating. Adapting is normal and there is no issue in needing to take some time. Most locals are much more understanding than you think, and will appreciate that you are at least trying.

You are already off to a good start, you have duolingo and I assume you have other resources like literature, music and tv everywhere at your disposal with good ol' fashion immersion. Continue to use duo, watch Swedish tv or listen to the radio to get used to the oral sounds, practice Swedish at home with your family, practice with other expats who will relate to you and practice reading everything - signs, newspapers, books, magazines. Watch Swedish youtube vids. Pick up some language books at a bookstore. Make some flashcards, write notes in your own notebook. Practice using Swedish words for things you enjoy doing - like sports, dance or music. Try another language app.

And yes, it is scary as heck, I myself am a very shy person! but try to practice a little bit with the other students. Even if it is just saying hello as a start.

Usually languages classes are offered for new immigrants so that should be something that would be beneficial to you if you aren't already in one. Some require you to be at least 16 years old though, like via Government (Anyone can go ahead and correct me on this or elaborate further on the info for Sweden) further research on requirements will be needed anyway on your behalf. I reckon there is definitely something for you.

Like the other commentator said there is no get-rich-fast scheme when it comes to languages. In any case you are young so learning should come a tad more smoothly.

Hang in there, you are going to be just fine!

November 15, 2016

As Zmrzlina said: be a bit more patient with yourself. I would love it, if I would be as young as you, which means that learning a new language is ways easier as in the age of almost 35. And your advantage with at being at school is that your are surrounded by Swedish the whole day (unfortunately, I mostly speak English at work because of so many different nationalities there.)

Do you have some favourite books which you have already read in English? Try to get them in Swedish and in addition the corresponding audio books - in this way, you can read and listen at the same time to get also used to the pronounciation.

And if all your fellow students tend to speak English with you (to improve their language skills) than make an agreement like "On mondays, wednesdays and fridays we are speaking Swedish and the other days English".

November 19, 2016

Do a language learning course with a teacher in your town.

February 24, 2017
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