Do you think my plan will work?

I have been doing Swedish for almost 10 months now and I think Duolingo actually works. A while ago I was playing a video-game and I was able to communicate with my teammates in Swedish. Of course I was only able to write simple sentences, and I did use google for words I didn't know, but surprisingly I understood everything they told me. I didn't know the correct definition of some words they used but I understood the meaning of the sentences they wrote.

I believe, that if keep using Duolingo until I'm able to read books in Swedish and then spend a lot of time reading and speaking the language I might, in a few years become fluent.

Truth is, that's how I learned English. I never studied English with a professional teacher. My mother taught me some words and then I learned everything else from YouTube and from books. This worked pretty well since I managed to get a C2 proficiency in English very easily.

However, I do have some doubts... Do you think my plan will work?

April 3, 2018


yes, i think if you keep at it and don't give up you will be able to achieve fluency after a while. of course you will need other resources - you cannot become entirely fluent just by using duolingo, other sites like memrise or lingvist are helpful. it's also good to immerse yourself in the culture to get a better feel for how to use words. read some swedish books, watch some swedish tv or movies, etc.

i also think swedish is good language to choose; not only do you seem passionate about it, but it is grammatically quite similar to english since they've both inherited a lot of words and grammatical tendencies from germanic languages (at least that's how i understand it).

licka tyll on your swedish journey! :)

April 3, 2018

Thank you very much! You are right about me being passionate. I don't know exactly why but when i started learning swedish i just fell in love with the language. Learning it doesn't seem like a chore at all. It is actually fun.

April 3, 2018
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I think it's a pretty good plan. It's very similar to how I approach my language studies myself. I build a strong basis with Duolingo until I'm level 25. After that, I keep using Duolingo for that language, but less frequent, and I try to focus more on my listening skills by watching videos, listening to radio shows, etc. In the mean time I keep using Duolingo actively, but in a new language. Perhaps I'd be more fluent in certain languages if I didn't move over to new languages and keep spending all of my time to those first languages, but this works for me.

Best of luck, sir.

April 3, 2018

If you already know how to communicate on very basic level, and if you manage to have constant contact with this language (reading, speaking and listening), then it is very likely that you will be fluent in a few years.

Duolingo is very good for practising basic grammar and construction of basic sentences. But you can also supplement your learning with flashcards to speed up learning of words - it is good to focus on 500-2500 most often used words.

April 3, 2018

Just continue and you will be good.

April 3, 2018

Hi George,

definitely use chatting.

I did it for English on IRC when I was young.,

Before the "Skill crown level" update on the old Duo strength system you had to start a reverse tree Swedish-English to get translations into the target language (Swedish) for a much higher ratio, than with your forward EN-Swedish tree.

I was thinking about taking a few speaking lessons on or other portals from professional teachers once I pass the basic-intermediate level in my target language (Portuguese).

April 4, 2018

Thank you very much for the advice! I will definetely check out the links.

April 4, 2018

Totally, as long as you keep practicing every day I think you will. Good luck.

April 4, 2018

Awesome! How similar do you think English and Swedish are, and what would you say your level in Swedish is now?

April 5, 2018

I feel that they are pretty similar. There are some very similar words and grammatical tendencies but i think that there are languages that are more similar to English than Swedish.

I think that i am able to write small texts and maybe communicate on a very basic level. I don't know if that happens to other people as well but whenever i learn a new language, after some time, i start to think in that language as well. So now my thoughts are a mix of English, Greek and Swedish.

April 6, 2018
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