For those who've been at it a while...
Hello fellow Swedish scholars/duolingoers,
For those who have been doing duolingo for a while (?20,000+ XP?), how is the fluency looking?
Or what other steps have you taken toward becoming fluent (assuming that is the end goal)?
I am looking to work in Sweden in a few years time and need to be able to fully communicate in said language so any tips or suggestions are most welcome.
Although I have been on Duolingo for almost 3 years (since December 10th 2016,) what I can say is Duolingo can only help towards becoming fluent, but it doesn't have the assets to make someone 100% fluent. Along with Duolingo, I take French at my school, and I listen to Podcasts and watch shows on YouTube to help improve my French understanding. Since I am mostly practicing on outside platforms, fluency is much better, and I can proudly say I am capable of having conversations in French. If you are looking to become fluent, find other options outside of Duolingo to practice! Enroll in Swedish lessons, sometimes the best place to learn is in a classroom environment. With that being said, good luck with your learning! Bonee chance!!
I have roughly 19,000 XP in German and roughly 26,000 XP in Swedish, but I'd say my German is much better than my Swedish, which is partially because my Swedish studies have lately been almost exclusively on duolingo, while I haven't studied German much on duolingo lately, but I've been immersing myself in German quite a bit in various ways. Using duolingo alone can give you a CEFR level of A2, and maaaybe B1 at best. What I think is essential to do in addition to excercises is frequently observing the language being used in its natural environment in various different formats, such as movies, videogames, novels, TV series, news, podcasts, and so on. It can be a good way to take a break from the tediousness of learning a language the old fashioned way, and that way you'll passively pick up on things you may not encounter otherwise, particularly colloquial and vulgar expressions and words. Even if you don't plan on using them, it's still useful to understand them.
Duolingo has definitely helped me broaden my vocabulary. On top of doing Duolingo lessons anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes a day, listening to podcasts, watching Swedish youtubers, etc. I can tell my road to fluency is climbing without a doubt!