Why Swedish?

Hello, I am studying Anthropology in school. I am curious to what reasons people are learning Swedish. How long have you been learning Swedish? What else do you use to learn Swedish? Podcasts, books, movies, news, classes, etc. How old are you? What do you like and dislike about learning Swedish? Thank you:)

April 7, 2019


I’m not going to answer my age because it’s against Duolingo’s guidelines but I’ll gladly answer the other questions

  • I’ve been learning Swedish on and off for about 5 years

  • Books, mainly, but also videos.

  • I like learning Swedish because it’s a very beautiful language. I don’t think I dislike anything about the language but learning the little words (på, att, till, för, etc) can be annoying for my Englishy mind.

  • I’m learning Swedish for two reasons; I have ancestry in Sweden and I would like to live in Sweden somewhere in the future.

April 7, 2019

I'm of Swedish descent and Norse mythology is pretty cool.

Likes: Similar grammar to English, if not simpler. Swedish metal is pretty dank.

Dislikes: Modern Swedish culture is pretty bland, if I had to give it a label it'd be yuppie. There's not really an interest in the ancient Norse culture, it seen more as a backstory in history unrelated to the here and now.

April 7, 2019

I have taken up weaving. Sweden is a country which went to great lengths to preserve its weaving traditions intact. I want to be able to read some of the classic weaving books that have not yet been translated into English.

I started learning Swedish in January. I watched a Swedish series on TV, and actually could understand words and phrases here and there. I’m also trying to read Jane Austin’s book, Emma, in Swedish, but my vocabulary is still too limited to read easily.

April 8, 2019

Like DragonPolyglot said, the age question is not allowed on Duolingo, since there are many children here learning, and the company is very wary of predators. Would you mind editing it out, please? Thank you!

April 8, 2019

I started to learn Swedish because it is a language common in West Finland and I will be going to West Finland to study.

April 8, 2019

I'm learning Swedish because of Team Hasselborg!!

April 7, 2019

Ha! I'm in it for the many wonderful TV shows (mostly crime) in Swedish. I was trained from an early age not to "waste time" and before I started learning Swedish it felt too much like wasting time, bingeing on these shows. I started putting together a few things, like "bra" is good, "nej," "hej," and then, even though I've never had any natural ability to learn another language, I took on Swedish and immediately fell in love with it! It's cute. To an English speaker, so many Swedish words are so cute. And easy! You can almost guess at the meanings of so many Swedish words. And lastly, now that I'm this far into it, it's become a calming habit that centers me. I'm not much of a speaker and may never be, but I can read Swedish fairly well and understand much of what's said in my shows-- the ones where manniskor pratar mer langsamt, atminstone!

April 11, 2019

Ive been learning it since Nov 2018, varfor? Well there was is Swedish-Somali singer called Cherrie who has music in the Swedish language, I was so intrigued with how cool it sounded I decided to learn the language to decipher her music. Honestly its probably of minuscule value in the United States where I live, but I also was passionate about challenging myself to learn a 3rd language, plus I always thought Nordic culture was cool. I am Somali-American btw.

To compliment duolingo I watch tv shows in the Swedish language on

April 12, 2019

I am 16 and of Swedish descent as well and I was learning it for my father and his family. My stepmom learns it actively, using podcasts to listen to literally anywhere, but I really hate Swedish.

I probably am going to live in Sweden (I am going for the summer this year) when I graduate high school, but I really have nothing to motivate myself to learn and that's my own problem to solve right now, so.

April 8, 2019

im learning swedish because a friend and i were interested in learning a language sooooo.

April 9, 2019
  1. Reason: probably just curiosity? I always wanted to learn one of the languages of Scandinavia - I like the culture and environment of the north. Somehow I could never find the time and motivation to really learn more foreign languages, besides attempting Spanish several years ago. While planning a weekend trip to Stockholm, I just wanted to learn the usual dozen tourist phrases, but then it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to attempt to learn a language using online tools only - living in a small town, the inability to attend courses other than English, German and perhaps French has always been the major roadblock for me. So it was also an experiment for me as well, and I think it turned out well, because I feel I was able to get to the same level with Swedish in half the time than when learning Spanish before (of course Spanish grammar is different and I only attended lessons once or twice a week, whereas I tried to do at least a bit of Swedish every single day).

  2. How long: about 9 months.

  3. What do I use: oh well - so really, what I learned during those 9 months is that duolingo and similar tools are great to get you through the initial phase of mastering a new language. With the gamification element thrown in, it's done a great job keeping me focused and helping me get through those periods when I didn't really feel motivated. However, now I feel that to move forward I need to start using the language actively, so tools like duolingo are somewhat holding me down - not that it would be duolingo's fault of course. But I often just resort to quickly go through another duolingo lesson because - it is the EASY way. So rather than forcing my brain to work hard on something else (writing, speaking, listening) I often just do the easy thing... That said, I've mostly been using duolingo, memrise and clozemaster for the past 9 months but I'm also trying to read random articles, watch at least nyheter på lätt svenska, and exchange an occasional email in Swedish. I hope to be able to read books in Swedish one day.

  4. What I like about Swedish: the easy grammar! And vocabulary that shares so much with English and German - it really helps.

  5. What I dislike: hmm, "dislike" is not the right word, I find the pronunciation somewhat harder to master than for example the Spanish pronunciation.

I'm sure both #4 and #5 will depend greatly on the mother tongue of the learner, however.

April 9, 2019

I have been learning Swedish here and there and forgotten most and started again for a few years now. But I was never super efficient about it, so never really mastered it. I mainly use Duolingo to refresh it.

I mainly learn Swedish because I have a lot of Swedish friends and I often visit them in Sweden and... while I talk English with them I still want to learn their language too. Because it's beautiful and really easy for me (I am a German native speaker).

So basically I use my friends to learn Swedish further. ;) And I watch some movies here and there. Usually with subtitles though.

April 12, 2019

How long? I started 4 months ago. What else? Podcasts and news, some other sites for learning languages; a manual (in my native language, which is not english!) with recorded dialogues; every now and then I meet Swedish people and I try a few sentences (but then we fall back to some other language) Like: quite simple grammar rules, the sound of spoken language is great; even if some sounds (particularly vowels) are difficult for me. Dislike: too little correlation between written words and spoken words (for the same reason I also dislike english :-)

April 13, 2019

I was simply just bored, and my friend is Swedish, so i thought "Why not?" I don't really use anything else to learn it

April 17, 2019

I read a translated book by Tove Jansson, who was a member of the Finnish Swedish-speaking minority who died in 2001. The book was one of her less-known ones, Fair Play, but I loved it inexplicably. Then I heard Jansson speak Swedish in YouTube videos, and it was gorgeous. I wanted to read her work in the original; I wanted to talk like she could talk; and, besides, I loved the IDEA of Sweden. I'm a cold-weather lover, a lover of the mountains but also of the sea and sailing. Scandinavia is the spot of my dreams. I started dreaming of living there, as I've always had intense wanderlust and a desire to live far, far away as soon as possible. Perhaps Tove was leading me, I thought, not only to Swedish, but to the northern seas where I could embrace the beauty as she once could.

Then, after having started my studies, I looked up my DNA ancestry results and saw I've (allegedly) got a bit of Swedish background. I don't think heritage is a prerequisite by any means for language learning. But I must admit that this tenuous historic link provided a bit more justification, at least when explaining my new-found language interest to others.

May 14, 2019
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