Any tips for staying motivated?
When I first started learning Swedish out of pure boredom in college it was really fun and I was aching to learn more once I got home. Now the novelty of it has kinda worn off and I feel like I'm wasting my time learning it since I may never use it (which is a shame cause it's a great language and surprisingly easy to speak). I know that I can't expect to learn a language by clicking my fingers but that tree is so daunting and I often get frustrated with starting new topics. If anyone can slide me some tips for staying on track I'd be very thankful.
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Take a look at here:
- https://learningswedish.se/courses/1 (Examine this page entirely)
- Omniglot.com, scroll down for resources
- Loecsen; see the whole page
I think you should find a lot more if you search "Swedish learn" or "Learn swedish" on Google (or alike). I found more resources with a similar phrase, so it shouldn't be too difficult.
Using more resources will help for reaching profiency, but reviewing the material you've covered in the Swedish course everyday will be efficient too.
Watch some swedish films... Ingmar Bergman is great. Anything with Ingrid Bergman in it! (for me anyway). Watching some travel videos on YouTube also gets you in a 'swedish frame of mind'. Make sure to get in a minimum of 10xp daily of your swedish lessons......at least. Go buy a marie callenders swedish meatball frozen dinner... enjoy... then peer forlornly out of your window for at least ten minutes. Best of luck and stick with it!!!!☺
Well i think a big reason why you don't feel motivated is because as you said, you are practicing a language you might never get to use. But you have to find a way to use it and make it fun.
You could start by learning things about the country and the language speakers while you also learn the languge. You have to get involved with the culture (food, books, music, tv shows, holidays, cities, movies) and find compatibility with new things you might like. And once you'd get interested in something, you'd have a real reason to communicate.
You should also inmerse yourself into the language everyday. Not only by doing duolingo swedish tree lessons (that i know it can be exausting sometimes), but by trying other different ways to practice the language: audios, learning songs, talking to people online, reading children or amateur swedish books, doing other online courses, subtitle everything (i do this on youtube and ted talks)... etc.
Here are some other recommendations i've found useful for me:
• "learning swedish" is a free online Swedish course with interactive videos.
• You can find different kind of audios on spotify to practice. (Lessons and podcast)
• There are some fun videos and quizes on youtube in the "swedish pod 101" chanel.
• You can find swedish youtubers that often talk about the swedish culture and sometimes use swedish slangs. (PewDiePie doesn't count). I like "Katrin Berndt", she is a bit girly but she's nice.
• With "Tiny cards" app you can easily memorise swedish words.
• "Tandem" is a great app to meet new people from around the world and practice the languge trough videocalls or only chat.
And remember learning a language is not only about the knowledge but it's also a magical experience that gives you a whole new different perspective of the world.
Give it a try again to the language! And be persistent.
It is possible there is a swedish meetup group, or some way you can find people through your social media. The thing that keeps me going is talking to people in my terrible Swedish. I think there are even swedish leaner discord channels organised by other duolingoers.
OP has apparently been overcome by his lack of motivation, but just in case it might be useful for anyone else out there, I think sometimes it is important to keep one thing in mind. If you would learn any skill ONLY if it is always 100% unadulterated fun, consider yourself failed already. If you find your first 2 weeks into learning a new skill exciting, be prepared for it to get considerably less so just before the end of the third week. But the good news is, while novelty certainly wears off, the frustration wears off as well. Everyone has good days and bad days. It is only normal. If you only stick around a few more days, even though you still may not find yourself head over heels in love with it, you will most definitely feel at least less-un-motivated. And as you learn more, you'll discover new aspects of it that connects with and re-interests you. The knowledge of being progressively proficient in a skill in itself, should be immensely gratifying too. Before you even realize, you begin to develop a habit, and learning simply becomes part of your life.
So when I'm feeling a bit bored during a learning session, I do a few more practices, it rarely fails to get me back in the zone, and I get reminded of why I chose to learn in the first place.
But speaking of, it is important to actually have that self-awareness regarding your reasons for learning that skill. If you simply never had any actual interest in the subject, then it is best not to continue. While I do think the "fun" aspect in learning is overrated (not that I think fun is unimportant, it is VERY important, but only that 100% fun is not a must), having an appreciation for the subject itself, feeling fulfilled just for gaining the knowledge regardless of practicality, is imperative.
Besides, as so many posters before me have commented, there are so many ways to shake things up and make your learning interesting! They are all superb suggestions, I'm going to try some of those once I finish the third part of my Swedish tree. I watched Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf when I was two months into learning Swedish, and needless to say, I understood very little. But I am excited to give it another try some time later and see how much I've improved since then!