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Random Thoughts [Swedish Edition]

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  • Translating someone else's Swedish into English is like 10x easier than translating my thoughts into Swedish.

  • Nothing is more frustrating than getting an answer wrong because I put "I" instead of "jag" or something similar because you have come to completely internalize that jag = I

  • Maybe it's an illusion because I only have a tentative grasp on Swedish, but so far I find Norwegian much easier to understand than Danish.

  • I have come to appreciate practicing what you are supposed to already know after I took a week off of learning new stuff. I think you need at least 4 strengthens/reviews a day to keep your existing tree gold.

  • Who wants to bring back the runic alphabet?

February 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

My random Swedish thought of the day:

Some days you can understand Swedish pretty well, and others you feel like you've never heard the language in your entire life.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Me with every language, even after 4 years of German. Some days I feel like I suck, other days I feel like I'm going to be fluent by studying on my own a couple more years.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bethany.1994

I'm going to Europe in the fall and I'm wondering how many Swedes I'm going to offend with my terrible pronunciation.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

Probably none :). Swedes love Swedish spoken with an English accent!

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bethany.1994

But does it make a difference if spoken with an American English accent?

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

As long as you can't pronounce r, u och y correctly it's fine :). And you should also keep the alveolar stop in d and t.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CelloCoder

You said 'och' instead of 'and' :P language confusion, I've done it before with similar words.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

Ha ha, I pronounced r, u and y in Swedish when I wrote, so that's probably why :).

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/3_pipit

Gosh,I didn't even notice that Helen wrote "och" (so when I read your comment I was thinking "what is he/she talking about?") That i didn't notice means that I'm actually internalizing some of the language, I guess!

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

From what I have heard, most people are pleased if you make an effort to speak their language rather than just speak English to them.

I have heard that the English have a really bad reputation in Europe for not making an effort.

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kardemumma

Speaking only from my experience, I can have a conversation with a Norwegian with me speaking Swedish and them speaking Norwegian, but I can't have a conversation with a Dane that way. I saw a Danish movie last year and it was so frustrating - I could understand a couple words here and there but largely it went over my head. But it sounds so close!

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

Honestly, I think German might be easier to understand than Danish

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Joshua_Elliott

I run out of hearts on too many Swedish lessons because of the autocorrect on my phone :( sigh

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CelloCoder

XD I know right!!!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ninadoranina

Thought I'd look at some easy Swedish tv, went to childrens' channel, found a short about having the cat put down! Tears before I could finish it, and I only understood a few words.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilipLean

Swedish TV young children's program Djur med Julia - Animals with Julia http://www.svtplay.se/video/2388381/djur-med-julia/avsnitt-1 Each short video has Swedish subtitles and definitely no sad stories.

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February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ninadoranina

Thanks, Philip! Rather an irritating young woman, but she speaks clearly and slowly! Very helpful to watch something like this.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Coreopsis2943

I watched that too, and it made me cry too. What a strange show, but my partner said, that is Sweden for you. I do not understand as much as I would hope. There are still way way way too many words I do not understand.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Some days I think that I am really good at German/Dutch, and I will probably feel that way about Swedish some day. Other days I think, "Well, I don't understand this word and I've made quite a few errors in my writing that I definitely should have caught. What if I never become fluent in them? What if I can't get a job after I graduate college because my speaking skills aren't good enough?"

I have four years to become test-determined C1 in German/Dutch/Swedish if I want to accomplish my goal. Maybe it sounds like a bit much, but if I work hard every day I'm sure I can do it. I need to get over social anxiety of Skype. Then by the time I graduate college, maybe I can move to the Netherlands, Germany or Sweden and start working a fun job, learn the language and enjoy my life. :)

Those are my goals, and it really sucks that sometimes I am hard on myself and discourage myself.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis

My goals are similar: C1 in Portuguese,Spanish,German. B2 in Swedish,French,Russian,Mandarin Chinese. B1 in Vietnamese,Arabic. Yep, lots of work indeed but we will get there!

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DespoinaTi

After I finish with the Swedish tree, I want to sign up for Swedish classes at an institute near here and eventually take the Swedex B2 exam. :)

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

I am watching the season premier of vikings and just got really excited because they were speaking in some form of Scandinavian and I was able to understand bits of it.

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ed_Bo

I started to learn Swedish 10 years ago and since then, I've learned it at home, then in English, then in Hungarian (I also spent a full year in Sweden), now I joined Duolingo but it is still sooo hard to understand a Swedish conversation! >.< It drives me crazy because I've listened to so much Kent that it's almost unhealthy, haha.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CelloCoder

Well, try to think about and in the language as much as you can! Practice makes perfect!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Coreopsis2943

Yesterday I was trying to keep a running monologue in Swedish, even saying it out loud if there were not too many people around, but there are still too many words I do not know. Like "war" was one, from yesterday.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ed_Bo

Yeah, I think I need to practice this thinking-thing... I do it with English every day (because I need to use it at my workplace), but somehow I have some basic problems with the oral part of Swedish. I can read magazines in Swedish but get scared in a shop when the cashier asks back. XD

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjodni

No matter how well I think I know the language, when someone talks, I make this face: http://www.yorubagirldancing.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/confused-baby.jpg?w=300

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaminegg

Love the runic alphabet. One of my motives! Great stuff!

I think they need to put that stupid progress bar at the bottom, so that I can see the definition at the bottom. I shouldn't have to scroll down or steal money for glasses. Who needs to know how many words till you get an award? LOFL.

February 21, 2015
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