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SWEDISH LEARNING??!!

Hey! Hallo! Hej! Bonjour! Hallå! I'm learning Dutch, French, Polish and German (German at school though, not on Duolingo) So I was wondering how hard it would be to learn Swedish. The language seems great to me, however it seems hard.. (i'm okay with hard languages, i'm willing to put in the time) I was just wondering how much time it would take me to get good, and if anyone had any tips or worksheets etc. Thank you!!!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Espatially

I'd never studied Germanic languages aside from my native English until two years ago. After learning (very) foreign languages, I found this homecoming to Germanic languages a breeze. I think German is more difficult than Swedish, but then again, I started learning Swedish first and prefer Swedish pronunciation. This makes me like other Germanic languages less.

I've known other people who like German more for similar reasons. I think it's something like, people prefer the first version of the song they hear and it offends the ear to hear another version of your beloved song.

The only tip I have would be: directly after your lessons on Duo, commit to handwriting 5 to 10 original sentences using the skills you just learned. Do not breeze through the Duo course. Take your time, absorb it, practice and re-practice it. Make sure your sentences are specifically relevant to you, and that they have true meaning to you. Look up some vocabulary if you need to. And make sure you are writing by hand!

Slowing down and writing things by hand ingrains it. I learned Cyrillic easily just by practicing how the letters should be handwritten. On the same note, seeing and feeling yourself adding those dots over this vowel for this specific word -- the muscle memory will train your brain to remember it when you type. I am not against tech, but tech should be enhancement and not replacement of traditional writing and learning.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
sloggerPlus
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Your advice--last two paragraphs--is great. Writing out by hand really, really reinforces learning! Please accept some lingots.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Espatially

Thank you!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/waterpxrks

thank you so much! that sounds really good! I'll definitely handwrite!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SRWMackRosemary

Thank you for sharing your tip about writing original sentences!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/germanwannabee

Swedish is definitely not the hardest language. The problem for me was that since it is a fairly easy language (made easier by knowing a good bit of German), I went way to quickly through the course and didn't focus at all on reviewing.

Probably the hardest part of Swedish is understanding when other people speak. A lot of spelling is not very phonetic and native Swedes tend to smear the words together and drop a lot of consonants at the end of words.

Sites like radio garden and radio Sweden på lätt svenska are great to practice listening to the language.

One of the great things about learning Swedish is that it really opens the door to learn about Swedish culture. Sweden has such amazing traditions, festivals and food.

Another great thing about learning Swedish is that it will make learning Norwegian and Danish very easy (assuming you don't confuse the words).

I hope this helps and happy learning!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/80Igge
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I´m from Sweden, so it´s nice to read this. I just gave you 5 lingots "som ett tack":)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rut962457
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I agree and add another five lingots.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/80Igge
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Congrats to having almost 500 streak days! I think 3 days is a lot for me. Streak was only important for me in the beginning, now I don´t think about. Nowadays I think it´s more fun/important to increase in fluency.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rut962457
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I am retired and have a lot of time and fun. You might like this song about Ingela. http://dur-moll.blogspot.se/2009/11/ingela-robert-broberg.html. The rimes are quite funny.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/80Igge
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Omg that´s so nice of you:) I´ve heard that song many times and people sing it to me once they know my name. Wo wohnst du? Det verkar som du är svensk om du förstår rimmen eller så är du tysk?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/germanwannabee

Tack så jättemycket :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akvamariin
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It's a bit like German and Dutch. Shares a lot of vocabulary with those two but the grammar is generally simpler, which I think makes it overall easier to learn (shouldn't be harder to learn, at least). The pronunciation is said to be tough though.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/waterpxrks

awesome thank you! hopefully i'll be okay on the pronunciation then!! XD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlotte424959

well, if you're learning polish (good luck with it, it's my native language and I quess that it's really hard to learn ), you will find swedish easy :P grammar is quite simple and logical. Swedish is not difficult to understand, but if u want to speak properly, u have to know how to do it in a proper way, because "the melody of a sentence" is very important. It's good to listen to a svenska radio or watch some videos, even if u don't understand what they are talking about - you're catching the accent ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/waterpxrks

ah thank you! I am now ready to take on Swedish ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Svensk
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Compared to many other languages, Swedish should be relatively easy to learn for a native English speaker. Many words are cognates or sound extremely similar to English words, and the sentence structure is quite similar to English, for the most part. Although it may take some time for you to get used to the definite article as a suffix, most sentences use the same word order as English. For example, Jag äter fisk varje lördag literally translates to "I eat fish every Saturday", with the exact same word order. Furthermore, Swedish does not conjugate verbs for the person, so Jag är, du är, han/hon är, vi är, ni är, de är all take the same conjugation in the present tense. Although Swedish does have its share of irregular verbs, there are significantly fewer than in German and Dutch (I think). At a difficulty level for a native English speaker, it would be comparable to Dutch, although Dutch does have a slightly more complicated sentence structure. Furthermore, if you already have experience with Dutch and German, it will be even easier for you to make connections and learn vocabulary, as there are many similar words or similar structures among these Germanic languages. If you want to learn Swedish, go for it!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannahviolinist
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I'm taking Norwegian and Swedish right now and they sound very similar. Since the Norwegian is easy for me to pronounce, I don't think the pronunciation in Swedish will be too difficult. I am still on level 1 in Swedish so I don't know for sure, but so far it is no more difficult than norsk.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Espatially

Perhaps you are intermediate in Norwegian now and have developed a Norwegian linguistic instinct, but unless the instinct has been developed in one language or the other, people tend to confuse two very similar languages if they are a beginner in both -- which creates bad habits that could be hard to break. I've seen people quit both of the languages they were trying to learn for this very reason. I even had to tell myself that because I want to learn Ukrainian AND Russian.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannahviolinist
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I have decided to wait on learning Swedish until I finish my Norwegian tree. It is just so close to Norwegian that it is hard to not typing in Norwegian.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Espatially

Once you are firm in your Norwegian it will be easier not to confuse the two.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimWayland
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Hallo! I personally don't think Swedish is that difficult? I'm Dutch so maybe that is an advantage for me tho ;) Just start and you'll see ^^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimWayland
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Btw... Love your pf ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sir_John4

I'm learning Swedish at my University and I have to tell that it is a bit harder than English but not so much. There are a lot of grammatical simmilarities, and some, but very few, similarities to Polish language. Swedish language is now highly demanded for work in Europe as far as I know, so good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/80Igge
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Good luck on learning Swedish!! Here are 5 lingots that could help you on your way. Med vänliga hälsningar en svensk språkentusiast!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/waterpxrks

oh my that's so kind!! thank you so much!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/80Igge
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You´re welcome! Varsågod!

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