What is everyones thoughts on the Swedish course? I love it so far, it is so fun and the language is awesome.
I'm liking it a lot so far. It's a fun language and I'm picking it up pretty easily. I wish they would've taught us pratar, tjenjen, and killen before giving it to us as answers to choose. Other than that it's a good course so far and it makes me really want Duolingo to complete the Germanic Tree.
We still need:
- Faroese (sp?)
So I've heard. I can't help wanting to learn it though, I'm addicted to this language branch lol. I've even set goals for them:
- German - C2
- Dutch/Danish/Swedish/Norwegian - B2
- Icelandic - B1
- Faroese/Frisian - A2 (due to there being very few resources)
I'm in no rush. These levels will just be estimates anyways as I probably won't be tested for any of them. I don't really "need" any of these languages, they're just for fun.
I estimate my German to be around B2 with Reading and Writing and B1 with Listening and Speaking. I'm weak with vocabulary so I'm working on that. I can converse but I can go too deeply into subjects.
I studied some Frisian several years back. It's one of my favorite Germanic languages but unfortunately online resources for Frisian come and go, as there is sadly little support for it (this is a problem for many minority languages). Frisian is a challenge also because there's no standard Frisian--it's actually a group of closely related regional languages. That kind of fragmentation of the speaker population has made it harder to produce learning materials that are available beyond the language's regions themselves, and especially for English speakers. But if you know some German and Dutch by the time you decide to tackle some Frisian, you can use German and Dutch resources which will make it easier for you to acquire learning materials. In fact, knowing German will make a lot of good resources for minority languages available to you, not just Frisian.
Best of luck to you with your goals!
Well, I haven't gotten far enough along to have much of an opinion but I am very happy it's finally available. I've been waiting for this course since Duo opened up the language incubator.
A few lessons in and I'm loving it. Half my ancestry is Swedish, so it's like a chance to connect. (I'm also getting my mother in on it who is ethincally fully Swedish, but unfortunately knows no Swedish). So far it doesn't look too bad, but that's what it feels like most times with just the first few lessons. There's all the bugs that are being worked out, like no easy input keyboard, etc., but we knew that, being that it's out the first day. Hopefully all our reports will help to make the course better!