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https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

moved to Sweden

Hi Ya'all! I just moved from The Netherlands to Sweden, to live with my boyfriend. Because its a half year trial, I can't take the free lessons the government offers. So I am trying to learn via Duolingo now and I am happy with the way its going up to now. Can anybody tell me about their experience with learning Swedish via Duolingo? And can you give me tips about learning Swedish a.s.a.p? And I am wandering about how you all are doing if you are living in Sweden for a longer period, Love to hear from you all! Kind regards, Francis

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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Being a native to Sweden, I don't know the best ways to learn the language. But I can tell you that the only two people I ever met who'd moved to Sweden aged 25+ and still mastered the language... were both Dutch. ;) Keep practicing and you'll get better and better!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

thats good motivation! Tack sa mycket!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicolleRS_2206

hello!!! I moved to Sweden two months ago and believe me, with some patience you will start learning some stuff just by listening to the people arround you, takes time but its not impossible, im still very very new so if anytime you need someone to practice with, I'll be more than happy since I should practice to! .. regards, Nicky

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0

Wow! You're so lucky! Anyways, Swedish is actually quite similar to English. There are the "trickier" words, like trevligt and things that are harder to remember, so I suggest focusing on the hard words. Some words are quite easy to remember, like 'ut' for out. Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

You are soo right! To me the word for 7 was so weird. I couldnt compare it with anything I knew while the rest of the numbers were almost the same or reminded me of something. Thanks for the tip, Im definitly gonne use it!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

When you're surrounded by the language, it will difficult to NOT learn the language! Does your boyfriend speak Swedish?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0

Swedes actually speak English REALLY well, and they do it a lot, so it may be harder to learn Swedish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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When you're out in public, pretend you don't speak English. Job done. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

Ill give it a try;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

Its so easy to talk english cause everybody is willing to help! But you dont really get into Swedish life if you dot speak the language...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

He is Swedisch;-), but he's doesnt have the patience to teach me... I really have to get myself out there to start rehearsing my Swedish and surround myself with it. At home its so easy to fall back to Englisch...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eineSchlange

As long as you try to surround yourself with Swedish, it's going to be easy to learn the language. If your boyfriend is Swedish or knows Swedish, then ask him to talk to you in Swedish. When watching TV, watch only Swedish TV. Read Swedish books, etc.

Lycka till med språket och hoppas du gillar Sverige!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

tack sa mycket och jag alskar Sverige!! :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dorianbtdp
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You can still live speaking English in Sweden so that's not so stressful! Moreover if you're a native Dutch I'm sure you'll get used to it pretty fast. Learn the Duolingo course if you don't have the basics, and then speak Swedish as much as you can, even if people try to switch to English you tell them you want to speak Swedish and ask your boyfriend and people you trust to correct your mistakes (because they won't tell you if you don't tell them and they understand you). Once you start understanding you will just fuel your vocabulary everyday as you're in Sweden!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francis232670

Thanks Dorian! Im definitly going for it:-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkRyan17

im also trying to learn swedish but finding it hard as everyone speaks english to me.im from ireland and its so easy to get away speaking english but if u wanna go higher in work u really need swedish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Biceee
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My experience so far: Since they are experts of the english speaking but they still don't feel themselves confident, they will try to improve themselves by talking english to you. There will be another group that will feel themselves wrong when they are speaking swedish (that you don't understand) in your presence, so they will try to speak english as much as possible. Then some people are just don't like to speak english (however they are pretty good at it) so they won't speak a word at all. So generally you will NOT be forced to speak swedish, so 90% of the responsibility will be on you to always initiate a swedish conversation.

Duolingo is a very nice tool to learn the very basics and I can tell you that it is very useful and helpful in order to get some initial knowledge about the language. Other good thing is watching swedish TV channels. They speak swedish and there are always subtitles. The even better thing is that there are swedish subs for english programs (dubbing is very rare in Sweden). So by watching TV, kids' channels and something like this can be very beneficial. Svtplay can be followed from the internet also and there are more opportunities also. Youtube also has some nice swedish learning channels. You should check that too.

You can also read a lot of Wikipedia articles in swedish that are also available in your native language or english. I think that way you can learn a lot of "topic-specific" words that can be very important.

If you have 'personnummer', you can attend SFI, but if you can't have the regular lessons from 8-14 o'clock but the flexible course then that is not very useful. Flexible courses are very useless in my opinion (already tried them but maybe I only had bad luck with my teacher).

Try to make some friends, who can teach you. It is more fun if someone is interested in your native language so you can exchange some words and phrases by having fun.

I also suggest to try the website called Memrise. They also offer lessons like Duolingo. I use both of them and my knowledge developing quite good. But it takes a lot of effort. 1-2 hours each and every day and a partner you can speak with and in 6 months you will understand easy dialogues and you can speak simple sentences. And in 1-2 years you can be nearly fluent. But you really have to put in the effort.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edo_farias
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a really wise comment. Could you recommend me a youtube channel please?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Biceee
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I like him, because he has conversations for everyday situations, he talks clearly and repeats the words and sentences: https://www.youtube.com/user/eeboy3/videos

This cute girl also has some good lessons with words and talking: https://www.youtube.com/user/SwedishTessan/videos

If you want to start from the very bottom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcx0q0zRsoDhdcYt27n48nA

And not YouTube, but consider using this website: http://8sidor.se/

Because you can read the swedish news in simplified version. And because you can listen to it also.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaglarmigsvenska

Okay, so since you're dutch I will tell you in Dutch:

Ik heb de grammatica in eigen woorden gezet, zodat ik het beter begreep (en je verwerkt de theorie opnieuw).

Verder gewoon veel oefenen op Duolingo :-) En met Zweedse mensen praten. Mijn ervaring is dat ze het sowieso leuk vinden als je het probeert!

Wat mij ook helpt is er veel mee bezig zijn. (moet voor jou geen probleem zijn, aangezien je omgeven wordt door Zweedse mensen en de taal, haha). Kijk veel naar Zweedse tv, lees (korte) tekstjes en probeer ze te vertalen. Of lees het, en gooi het daarna in google translate om te checken of je het begreep.

Supertof dat je in Zweden woont, ik ben jaloers!

PS ik heb afgelopen jaar les gehad op de Volksuniversiteit. Ik mocht jaar 1 overslaan dankzij Duolingo, en jaar 2 kon ik heel gemakkelijk volgen.

In Zweden kun je ook Zweeds leren op de Volksunie: http://www.folkuniversitetet.se/

1 year ago