Tips/Tricks, shortcuts, practicing, etc.
Hey guys (and girls). So, I recently started learning Swedish, and I wanted to see if any of you had tips/tricks for learning faster, ways to practice, just general tips about pronunciation, etc. Thanks in advance! ^w^
I've personally found it very helpful to look for Swedish Disney songs. I basically know what the lyrics are about, so it's relatively easy to understand them. IMHO, exposure to the language you want to learn is the key.
I have always found it beneficial to learn songs. It helps me understand the language better because it's a more natural use of the language. There are also websites out there that translate the songs into different languages.
I also like to keep a journal. I try to write in every day and write down everything I've learned that day.
Lastly I recommend finding something to benchmark your progress. For example, find a video or something in Swedish. Something that the first time you watch you literally don't understand anything or less than 5%. As you keep learning Swedish watch it once a week or so and see how much you've learned.
There is one Laleh interview I watch to benchmark my progress. I can understand about 70% of it now. 2 months ago I understood maybe one sentence out of a 5 minute video.
Thank you so much, I'll make sure to implement these things into my practice.
I forgot to add, it's really important to listen to podcasts! And to read stories. For example, I use ReadLang and LingQ
I just started using ReadLang, it's actually extremely helpful! Tack så mycket!
Also, do you think you can suggest me some sort of benchmark that I can use to track my own progress?
You're welcome. I recommend finding something that you're COMPLETELY uncomfortable with but interested in. For example, here is the Laleh video I watch every couple of weeks.
I recommend finding a short interesting video. That way you can watch it multiple times without spending too much time or losing interesting.
Here is a ReadLang story I had trouble reading at first http://readlang.com/library/563a614e23eca65c28767a42/from/1187
I also found the audio story (that is mostly accurate) to listen to by Googling the name of the story
Honestly, it's all about what interests you and finding a way to access it.
Hello ! Someone share this flashcards on a swedish group i'm into in skype. The guy (Santiago) made them on a very cool app.
This is his message and the link for you to find the flashcards:
You can go to this link. I've been creating a lot of flash cards because I know some words are quite hard to learn. There are 400 "common" verbs in Swedish with all its forms (past,infinitive, etc), I've also created flashcards with nouns, adjetives, places, etc. The flashcards have images to help you learning the words and the webpage has a lot of games to learn the flashcards. It's totally free ( I think that you only have to create an account) I think it might be useful for everyone here Hope you enjoy it"
I personally write down everything I've learned in a word document so that when I forget how to write a particular Swedish word then I can always cross reference with said document. It's also useful because you then see patterns, so you might learn the basic word 'cat' and then later learn how to sat 'the cat' or 'cats'. I've placed all of the translations in a table format so that you can clearly see that only the ending changes and it's quite repetitive for each animal/object and so on. I also think this is helpful when there are several variations to the same word, such as the six ways to say 'your'! Because you can then label columns of the table 'ett' or 'en' words, and so on until it's clear to see the patterns again!
But more importantly when there's a topic that I'm having a lot of trouble with in particular, I look over the words taught and practice saying and writing them out a few times (without looking) until I can do so without any mistakes - and once I'm comfortable with this I'll make up some English sentences incorporating the most difficult to remember words (strawberry was always a difficult word for me!!) and translate them to Swedish. This works for me because I have the most trouble writing, rather than recognition (using the cues)/reading in Swedish!
I hope this helps, and best of luck!