Translation:It is not difficult to speak Swedish.
Compared to German, with three genders and four cases, I'll take Swedish any day :P. (It's also a much prettier language)
But if you know Swedish then German will be easier and a lot of fun because of all the interesting similarities. Besides - German is a really nice language, too. It is sad that people only tend to think of it as harsh or angry when it can be completely different too. Why not give it a try here? :)
When I try explaining Swedish to people who don't really have a great impression of how it sounds, I always say that it's a slightly more effemeinate, prettier version of German. Although... Swedish people have no problem doing angry when they need to :-O
The grammar is relatively straightforward for an English speaker, but the pronunciation can be tricky. Trying to navigate those vowels can feel like a tongue-twister.
A friend of mine who is fluent and lived in Sweden for a while was helping me with sjuksköterska. At one point she said to me that I could always tell people I studied Stockholm Swedish. Apparently the pronunciation there is easier for english speakers.
Really? The Normans spoke French, which also has grammatical gender, didn't they?
just, men det är svårt att förstå språket; orden är alla korta och lika varandra
And that's a filthy, filthy lie! :p Though the language isn't difficult, I don't think, speaking it (at least for my portuguese-speaking self) is not so easy...
Is there some kind of semantic nuance that makes this "att prata" rather than "att tala", or are they interchangable here?
So what are the circumstances for needing the 'att'. Also if you were to forget it would it still make sense
It would be understandable but unnatural - same as dropping 'to' in the English sentence.
I disagree. The speaking is difficult. It's a great shame there isn't a slow version here, as that would give me a chance with those vowels.
At the moment there are sounds I coudn't pronounce if my life depended on it. :D As a German, who has learned quite some French, is fluent in English I'd say more than 80 per cent of the sounds one has to make in order to speak Swedish are perfectly fine and doable =)
In terms of languages my rule of thumb is the following: If it sounds wrong to you ... it's probably correct :D Single words may be the same in quite a few cases ... but one whole sentence should never ever have the same sound and rythm as a German sentence. There's a 99 per cent chance you've done something wrong^^
Speaking of simplicity, why should we use "prata svenska" instead of "prata på svenska"?
I'll admit it's not really a clear-cut case, but to me, prata på svenska can have a connotation of just saying things in Swedish rather than using words carrying meaning in a dialogue.
Such different attitude: German course – "Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache." Swedish course – "Det är inte svårt att prata svenska."
Det stämmer inte, at least for me for now, but thank you for encouragement, I'll keep working on it :)
To be fair, though, the German phrase is an idiom mainly used ironically. :)
Agreed, that IS how the German idiom is used, usually with a twinkle in the eye!
Did you mean "I don't think so?" If yes, you need the verb in second position, and in present tense. You also want tycker rather than tänker, as the latter means to think in the sense of having thoughts.
Devalanteriel, can you point me to where DL explains about Lingots and so forth? Presumably they have some value, otherwise why give them away? If so, prepare to receive a ton, or as many as I have -- and how do I go about determining that? This also goes for other moderators past and present, you are all brilliant and incredibly patient with your... patients. :-)
Honestly, they're pretty much completely worthless. When Duolingo was founded, it was intended to use a lot of gamification as a way of keeping learners continuously interested. Much of that gamification is gone, but the lingots were a part of it, and they remain.
Don't waste them on me, though. I appreciate the sentiment, but I have almost 30 000. :)
"Gamification", huh? LOL, now I've got a Swede/German teaching me English. Who could ask for more? :-) Stretching my luck, what with the warm weather arriving in Italy, is there a way I can buy a DL T-shirt? With or without lingots that would be cool (in both senses) and a way of thanking you, your colleagues, and Andrew Carnegie himself (RIP) for this wonderful though tiring course.