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?)
Heh good luck with Icelandic and Norwegian. I'm not sure about Norwegian but Icelandic is probably the hardest Germanic language of them all.
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)
When are you trying to obtain those goals? I think I want to get to B2 in Swedish too and trying to put myself on a reasonable timetable.
I too want to become a B2 in Swedish, I need to become a C2 in German because I am moving there (not this year), and I want to be a B2 or B1 in Spanish.
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.
If you want vocabulary help, I would highly suggest "Vocabulearn." When I started learning Portuguese last year, I used to listen to the tapes while I was commuting to and from school. :) Good luck with your studies!
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!
Norwegian shouldn't be that hard, especially after learning Swedish. They're mutually intelligible.
I believe it would be easier doing it the other way around. Norwegians can understand Swedish and Danish better than the two can back.
Could be because of cultural reasons like how Brits understand Americans better than Americans understand British English.
Oh okay, I didn't realize that - my only knowledge about it is from my German teacher, who is, ironically, originally from Sweden.
Though at the same time, it could be REALLY hard to learn the Norwegian words distinctly if you have the Swedish (and Danish) in your head as well.
...and lest we forget, Gothic. Of course we would need a time machine to find some native speakers to build a course for that :)
Some pronunciations are difficult but only a very few. I just enjoy the language it is really cool.
Me too, Oh there is my Swedish flag! I just had to get to level 2 to see it.
I love it! I think it is one of the best planned courses. I only have one issue with it, which may not be the contributors' fault, but I hate that they test on things we have not been taught. For example, killen (the boy).
Yep, I mentioned that in one of my posts. It does get frustrating when you lose a heart for something you have not learned. I guess that helps teach synonyms.
I put a note about it too, especially in Phrases they did that a bit too much.
I'm loving it so much and before this I didn't even know one word in Swedish!
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!