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Tips on staying on track with Swedish?

I don't know about anyone else, but I find it difficult to stay constant on learning Swedish. I end up learning it in 'bursts' which is not an effective way to learn. Does anyone have any tips they would like to share with me / the community about keeping on task with learning this language? I really have a passion for the language, the people, and the culture but it is just difficult sometimes.

January 1, 2015



Currently the app dosent support Swedish yet. But I access Duolingo through a browser on my phone and do bits through out the day. I noramly don't get more than 5 minutes to my self a day. I only do bulk and learn a bit grammar at night, if I've got the energy lol. Something I also do is practise nouns through out the day. When I see something that I know in Swedish, I just say it to my self (in my head), Strawberry "jordgubba", cats "kattar".

Something I'd like to pratice but it takes some dedication and that is to speak Swedish all of the time, no matter how good you are at Swedish, just do your best. In stead of thinking "hmm I'd like an sandwich", think "hmm jag tycker om en smörgås". (That was probably wrong, but that's the level of my Swedish).

Also there is a course of the words of this course on memrise. Only takes a second to review the words on the app, once learnt.

Hope that was useful.

Good luck!


Sorry, it's "jordgubbar" (strawberries) or "jordgubbe" strawberry, and katt "cat" or katter "cats"... neither "jordgubba" nor "kattar" exist.


And "jag tycker om en smörgås" means "I like a sandwich", much in the same way you like a color or a person. Instead, say "Jag skulle vilja ha en smörgås": "I'd like a sandwich", or just "jag vill ha en smörgås": "I want a sandwich". Don't get me wrong, I think your advice was really good. I'm just correcting you in order to help you.


Yeah that's cool. My Swedish is rather rough :p. But in my defence it was New Years day and it's mandatory do be merry. Especially when your in Scotland.

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    wrong words aside ;) I do that too. Usually a new word from a lesson will stick in my head and I'll try and work it into conversations or figure out how it can relate to my day. Jordgubbar is a good one, I went a week just saying it at random times to anyone who would listen!


    Do you think this is a time management issue or a motivation issue?

    I've been listening to Sveriges radio and some great 8-tracks playlists as background music at work. (This is my current favorite, and a nice mix of genres.) Surrounding my ears with the sounds of Swedish makes it easier to slip into a few rounds of practice when I get home. Immersion is beneficial to language learning even before you have a large vocabulary.


    set an XP per day goal (something low that you know you can easily hit), and do it first thing in the morning, every morning. make it part of your ritual. that's the easiest way to stay on track.


    I employ the three foot rule. If something is within three feet of you then you will unconsciously process it.

    The context for this was actually improving my diet. If the biscuits are on the table then I will definitely eat them. If they are in the cupboard then I might eat them. If they are in the shop then I won't be bothered to go get them.

    If you can keep Swedish within three feet of you all the time then you will pick it up. I've yet to "Swede-up" my world, but I have a German book in my bag right now (at work), I have two more next to the bed at night. My web browser language is German so my search results are always peppered with German entries. My phone had a German audio book (Der Hobbit) on it. And I have marked all my DVDs that have German audio on them so if I fancy watching a movie, it's super easy to pick one I can watch in German.

    Look at your day. How you go to work/school? Where do you sit when you are at home? You don't have to make some Spartan command that you will listen to 1 hour of Swedish every day as you commute. Just make sure it's always an effortless option and you'll just do it anyway.


    I find that watching films or series with Swedish sub titles is a really easy method to pick up new words and familiarize yourself with letters and spelling. Mixed with a personal interest, it's a helpful way to add more Swedish to your consciousness


    If you're a visual/interactive learner like me, using post-its of objects around your room will keep terms fresh in your head. Also, I've learned that applying your terms soon after you finish learning for the day helps you associate better in everyday life. For example: I watch TV after my lessons and subconsciously recall certain words are sentences as different commercials/shows pop up. Those are just two things to consider.

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      Learning in bursts isn't inherently ineffective. What you should do, is be sure to retain what you do know, and learn when you have the urge.

      If you force yourself to learn, you won't comprehend and retain the words like you should. Your mind has to be in the zone. I learn in bursts too. Sometimes they're extreme, sometimes, they're small, and I know many other people are like that.

      As far as keeping on task, what helps me, is to keep Swedish selected as my target language, and learn it as much as I have the urge to. When I don't have the urge, I fulfill my daily XP goal by keeping my Swedish tree gold or at least "strengthening skills" (I keep my XP goal at the max of 50 daily). The urge to keep my streak going outweighs my temporary "eh" attitude about learning Swedish, and I at least practice what I know. Then, when my mind gets back in the zone, I go at it hard for a short while, in another burst.


      I live in Sweden and use Duolingo as additional learning, and like you, I also learn in spurts. When I get time to come on, I spent hours and feel rather addicted, but then can go ages in between. I guess the important thing is that you are doing something - we all have busy lives, and that can't always be helped!


      There's an app called "Quizlet" where you can create flashcard to learn. You can study the cards, learn them or match the words with their definition. It's really great! I create my cards when I learn a new swedish word and I read them when I got time. I had the sam problem, and now it's gone!


      i just started and i think i will have the same problem. try going to places with a lot of swedish residents and practice your conversation skills i guarantee that talking to an actual person will help a lot. also, try setting a goal or finding something to be your motivation. my grandfather is from sweden an comes to visit once a year, so i allways want to impress him.

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        I think there are a couple things you can do. 1. Set an XP goal, I set mine at 10 which is often easy to surpass if I want. I find this is probably my biggest motivator, usually I sit down to knock it out after I get home from work, or if I have the day off I do it when I wake up. 2. Get motivated by your streak. I'm a fairly competitive person so I like to see my streak go up every day. When visiting the "forums" here and I see other people with higher streaks it motivates me to keep going! 3. Watch a movie in Swedish or watch a Swedish tv show. The other night my husband and I watched Ragnarok (which I think not all of it was Swedish? but most?) and I could see myself picking up on some of the words and putting them into context. I've also been watching "Welcome to Sweden" which is a new show, mostly in English but parts are in Swedish with subtitles.and 4. Add friends on duolingo, the'll help you keep going!

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