How comprehensive is the Swedish Tree?
Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to Duolingo and I immediately fell in love with its method of teaching. I was wondering how comprehensive the Swedish Tree, or in fact any of them in general. Does it cover just about all common vocabulary and verb conjugation present in everyday swedish? I plan on supplementing Duolingo with other forms of immersion, but I was hoping if someone could tell me if Duolingo is adequate to provide the grammatical/vocabulary foundation for the language.
Covers all grammar, you won't be left confused if you actually try to learn it.
It provides all the common words. Obviously it won't teach you the word for oblong, deformity or nuclear power plant, but you never need those in casual conversation and you can learn them by being in the country.
I don't really find any problem talking with Dutch people, it's pretty easy. I finished the Dutch tree like a month ago.
It looks like it gives you all of the basic rules of grammar (with lots of practice) and a vocabulary of about 2,000 words. From what I understand the most common 2000 words is what you need to understand roughly 98% of a language.
It is on par with the other Duolingo courses. After finishing the tree, you will be able to read modern Swedish newspapers without too much trouble, you just have to look up the specific words you don't understand.
Regarding speech however, Duolingo is lacking. To develop good conversational skills in Swedish you are going to need more practice in real life.
I think it is more than adequate. I passed the entire SFI programme (http://www.government.se/sb/d/6997/a/67940) and started on Duolingo in earnest afterwards, so SFI is a sort of reference for me. The main advantage of SFI (and probably any classroom course) is that teachers can put you on the spot and make you speak. But if you're in it with 10 or 20 classmates, those opportunities are relatively scarce. And in terms of vocabulary and grammar, Duolingo is much more comprehensive than my SFI course was.
A good way to supplement Duolingo practice is to read text aloud, possibly after listening to it first (Klartext is a suitable resource, http://sverigesradio.se/sida/default.aspx?programid=493). If you have speech-to-text software (e.g. Google Translate for Android), you can check your pronunciation: if the software understands what you say, you're probably pretty close.