https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

More Duolingo Friends

Hej! I'd love to have some more Duolingo friends/people to follow, the XP ranking keeps my competitive side active and makes this more fun. :) I'm learning Swedish so I'd love people to follow who are also learning Swedish but anyone who is steadily active I'd love to follow also, and I'm sure there's plenty of people looking for other active users to keep them motivated! Anyone? Maybe in the future we could find a way to practice our Swedish together! Tack så mycket <3

December 6, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/sntindall

Here's a little story for my new Swedish learning friends! I work at a local cupcake bakery store front which mean we don't bake here but at one of our larger stores and we get deliveries a few times day. I'm the manager at this store so I'm here about 35-40 hours a week, almost always during the day so there are times where I really don't have anything to do. So I take that time and sit in the back to read, learn Swedish, play games on my phone etc.

Today I tried opening up duolingo in my phone internet browser to see if I could do a lesson but shortly after I started my delivery guy came with more cupcakes. He asked me how I was and I mentioned I had been sitting in the back learning Swedish and he starts prattling off some Swedish out of nowhere! I guess he had been on tour with a pair of Swedish musicians and one of them had been training to teach Swedish to English speakers; so on tour she was teaching him. I was able to pick up on two sentences he had said with relative ease! I was so excited! I live in the midwest of the US so not many people are probably going to speak Swedish!

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

Ja, jag också är lärande svenska. Jag kommer "add" dig! (haha sorry, bad swedish. I try!)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjodni

Not bad! I could read and understand that! (At least get what you were saying.)

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

Thanks! These kinds of comments are the best kinds of encouragement :)

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pjb518

I've never seen "lärande", so I don't know if you are right, but I would say, "Jag lär mig svenska också." Basically, "I am learning Swedish as well." :)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Virthsk

A native Swede here. Personally I have never used the word "lärande" and I can't really think of any situation where it would be useful either. I would rather use the sentence: "Jag lär mig också svenska.", rather than: "Jag lär mig svenska också."

Now it's not a major difference but I think it's more suitable for this occasion.

"Jag lär mig svenska också." is more suitable when indicating that you are learning Swedish in addition to doing something else. A really weird conversation with someone could go: "Jag diskar muggar. Jag lär mig svenska också." "I wash cups. I am learning Swedish as well."

Now "Jag lär mig också svenska" is more suitable when indicating that you are also learning Swedish. "Lär du dig svenska? Jag lär mig svenska också!" "Are you learning Swedish? I am learning Swedish as well!"

Hope it helps :)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pjb518

Well, that's me told ;)

Thanks a lot; that was a really good clarification. Not something I was likely to learn on here, so that's a nice tip :)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Virthsk

Well every bit of knowledge counts. Glad I could help :)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

Thank you. I wasn't sure that "lärande" was correct, but I had seen it before, so I figured maybe it'll work. All I can do is try and see what happens! I appreciate the correction. :)

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathnainiel

The thing is that the continuous present construction in English (I am doing something) doesn't exist in Swedish. Swedish present covers the meaning of both English present and English continuous present. "Lärande" is almost only used as a noun meaning the abstract concept of "the act of learning" (used when discussing the school system for example). The English verb "to add" has actually become used quite a lot in Swedish for adding someone on a website or web service. To make it into a Swedish verb, we put an 'a' at the end of it so your second sentence would be "Jag kommer att adda dig!". (The actual Swedish verb for the same thing is "lägga till") Now, to confuse things further, we often use the present tense to express near future so you could just as well write "Jag addar dig!" if it is your intention to do it soon. Please continue to try stuff out, everything you originally wrote was completely understandable!

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

Thank you for the explanation! You cleared it up quite a bit for me :) I appreciate it very much!

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

I've added everyone who's added me so far. :) It'll be some nice friendly competition!

My current plan is to do 1 lesson and 2 practice/review a day minimum. I'm a student and taking an actual Swedish course (my exam is Wednesday, I'm stressing!!!) so until break I'll be doing a bit less. Hopefully over Christmas break (jullov?) I'll maybe do double that! Also if I have a lot of things that need re-strengthened, I'll do those too in a day and sometimes it's more fun to procrastinate my other school work with Duolingo :P

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnySmooth

Sure, I followed you.

To anyone else: feel free to add me as well!

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Wassim_Alexan

Hej Kastiano,

I am currently using Duolingo and LingQ. Here, I simply go through the exercises, compete and learn. I have to say it does bring out my competitive side, too. On LingQ, I imported the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and as I read it, I also listen to the .MP3. I have been going through the same chapter over and over again for 2 days and I believe I am making a good progress.

Hej då :)

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

I absolutely love Harry Potter in Swedish (I have the first one in seven languages and it's the only one I can even manage in besides English). My favorite thing is the fact that "muggle" perfectly fits the declension pattern: en mugglare, mugglaren, mugglare, mugglarna

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathnainiel

Good to hear that the picture a got of Harry Potter when reading the books in Swedish as a child wasn't completely off compared to the original. However, if I remember correctly, muggle is translated to "mugglare" so it's "en mugglare, mugglaren, flera mugglare, de där mugglarna" (flera = several, de där = those)

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

i just looked back at my book and you're right, it is mugglare... woops lol. i liked my version in my head better but mugglare still sounds pretty adorable imo! edited my original post (i still think 'en muggle' should be a thing!)

Side note: my one pet peeve from the Swedish HP is that Dumbledore offers McGonagall a "citronisglass" in the first book as the translation for "lemon drop." Why did they make it ice cream?! But you should try reading the original as well! I find it quite fun to note the different emphasis different translations provide!

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhythmialex

Count me in. I am planning to learn two new Swedish lessons per day. Pretty slow, but will be stedy (I hope).

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sntindall

Not slow at all, I try hard to do at least one but sometimes only get half of it done!

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhythmialex

Tack! But I think you meant you are trying to conquer one skill per day, that counts 4 or 5 in lessons. That is faster than me. :)

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sntindall

no I actually meant lessons. So say there are 3 lessons in a skill, Ideally I'd like to knock out all three and master the skill but usually I only get through one or two, not the entire thing.

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhythmialex

Oh, I see. sorry for my bad.

That means we are moving on in a similar pace. A good competitor! YES!! :)

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

Same, I try to learn a new lesson every day (on top of two reviews) but if it takes me too long to get through the lesson (I'm in B group for the strength bar testing and I'm loving the bar instead of hearts) then I just quit and come back tomorrow. It's more useful long term to pass by actually knowing the majority of the material instead of passing by luck with a couple easy questions at the end! Unfortunately this means my work isn't reflected in XP sometimes but I just do an extra review session to help out with that!

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

I followed you because of your helpful comments in the discussions. The last one, regarding short answers, is so good that I want to suggest that the DL team copy it to the 'tips and notes' section under the 'Question' skills. :)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lumisade

I followed you! I just started learning Swedish, trying to do some Dutch and Swedish lessons every day.

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

Omg seriously how the f do some of you have time to do 1000+ XP a week?! Mad props, that's dedication. I am inferior

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pjb518

Lets just say I have an essay that I ought to be paying more attention to.

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

ahhh jag förstår!

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilPro4sc

I'm native Swedish speaker from Umeå :) if you need my help just let me know!

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jitt91

Well, I'm not learning Swedish but I am Swedish and am learning Dutch :) But I can follow you :)

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/g33d33g33

It's the other way around with me. My native language is Dutch and I'm learning Swedish

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasMcNamara

Followed! I started learning Swedish the other day, and so far I love it. I'm very interested in visiting Sweden in the future. It would be such a dream to live there.

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/So1ovei

I followed you, feel free to follow back :) I don't have a lot of friends on here either.

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CelloJester

I'm really liking Swedish! I second the sentiment about following more people for motivation.

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

Ja, I'll add you. I need some motivation to log in on the weekends. Usually try for two sessions on weekdays to make up for it.

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gluehbirneee

I totally agree with you, I always got problems to stay motivated and the ranking list is a good way to keep on doing DL as often as you can without getting bored :D

If anyone wants to follow me, please do so;)

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

Started following you. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gluehbirneee

I did the placement test in German and completed something like 40 skills, that's where most of the XP come from, usually I don't have that much points in a week/month or whatever;)

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DoctorKhaleesi

You have my follow ma'am. I am alternating between Swedish and Danish currently. I'll always be in last, but I do always enjoy new competition.

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sntindall

Anyone is free to follow me as well, I'll likely follow back! It would be great to have more Swedish learning friends, especially ones who learn at a slower pace as I do. Though the nice thing about this community is everyone has been helpful and patient!

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

Following you as well. The more the merrier. Hopefully keeps me motivated to be conversationally fluent by the time I go there in 2016.

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

ooooh what are you going for and where?

December 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

It's just really a plan at the moment. In 2016 I get my 10 years long service leave, so 2 months worth. The plan is to go over to England, visit family, and then go across the Nordic countries with my cousin. Haven't really looked into where yet, only what was around Stockholm.

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

well maybe i'm a bit partial, but Stockholm is the best :)

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/katsiano

hmm... well any time I travel in Europe I always check to see if the city I'm in has a free walking tour (most of them do). There's three different ones in Stockholm, my favorite is the Södermalm tour. It's a cool way to learn some history and see some highlights. I recommend Stockholm at Christmas time because of all the Christmas markets, Christmas lights, etc. It's really charming (if you can handle just a few hours of sun!). In Stockholm I'd recommend seeing Drottningholm Slott (it costs money to go in but I'd recommend just walking around the gardens and seeing everything around it, that's free!). I'd also recommend taking the ferry from Slussen to Djurgården (included as part of your SL transportation card) and going to Moderna Museet (free on Friday afternoons). You can get there via bus or other means but it's kinda cool to take the boat. I like Nordiska Museet but it's very much about Swedish history. It's free on Wednesday afternoons. I'd suggest walking around Östermalm (rich part of Stockholm- beautiful buildings!) and the largest IKEA in the world is in the southern part of Stockholm! The Nobel Museum is pretty cool and it's in Gamla Stan which is a must see area of Stockholm. The museum is free on Tuesday afternoons. Gamla Stan is a very charming part of the city, but it's very touristy so it tends to be expensive to eat and drink there. One of my favorite bars is in Gamla Stan though! Uppsala is only an hour by train from Stockholm, definitely make the journey to go up there. It's a college town, so if you go in the summer, it will be dead! Göteborg is a great place to see as well (little further from Stockholm, but ~200kr for a train ticket). If you go in the winter, consider going to Lapland! I'm going next week, super excited! There's Finnish Lapland and Swedish Lapland, so definitely consider that. I'm going to Swedish Lapland, which is around Kiruna. Assuming we're all still on Duolingo at that point, feel free to ask me closer to then and I can give you some cafes and bars to go to in Stockholm! :)

As for cities in northern Europe to visit, I can't speak for Norway yet because I'm going in the spring (though my friends have all loved hiking in Bergen), but I would highly recommend Copenhagen (and doing a walking tour there, the one I went on was phenomenal). It's very charming! You'll probably be able to kind of read some of their signs, but don't even try pronouncing anything because Danish and Swedish sound very different! Swedes often say that Danes speak like they've got a potato in their mouth... I totally understand. Btw try to rent a bike while you're there, it's the easiest way to get around. Also make time to go to Christiana, because it's really interesting to see. Helsinki is nice, but honestly you don't need more than a day or two there. It's very small and easy to get anywhere in a day. There are ~40 hour cruises from Stockholm-Helsinki, and the 7 hours you have in Helsinki is plenty. That's how I've been to Helsinki. I think last time I paid 5€ for the cruise round trip? Super cheap.

If you can get over to the Baltics (Tallinn or Riga), do it. They're such cute cities. Riga is a little run down in some parts and their city would be probably my favorite in Europe so far if they'd just repaint and wash some of their buildings! But their art nouveau district is phenomenal and it's very easy to get around. Tallinn is also very cute and a little better maintained. These parts of Europe are more susceptible to pickpockets than Copenhagen/Stockholm/Helsinki, etc- last time we were in Riga my friend's wallet was stolen. Just have your guard up a little more, but don't cross these off your list!

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

Any places in particular I should put on my must visit list?

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

Cool, thanks for all that. I've copied and emailed it to myself so I don't lose it all. I'll probably be going late spring, so will miss the wintery things.

December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OrangeVarg

I so love this answer and that other answer of your love of Sweden/ Scandinavia here below! I feel the same way. And thanks for sharing. Here is a lingot :)

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Nevae604

Feel free to follow me as well. Suggestions or requests for suggestions on Swedish books, music or media are welcome :)

My plan is to move to Sweden to do my PhD, so I have a while yet to learn it, but the more I can get down now the easier it will be.

December 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Raekor

I'll follow you.

In regards to music I'm going through all the Spotify recommendations at the moment. At the moment I'm listening to Pistvakt, which has Svenska covers of some well known songs. Before that was Dökött and Hjalle och Heavy. Punk rock bands when I was looking for more metal (like Hel or Sabaton's Carolus Rex), but their singing is easy to understand (well would be when I learn some more).

December 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nevae604

Fantastisk, jag ska lyssna på dem.

Jag lyssna på Movits! och Zacke ofta. Jag vill ha svensk metal att lyssna på, men dem mestadels sjunger i engelska (it seems). Thanks for the suggestions!

December 19, 2014
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