https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gymnastical

Past the first Swedish checkpoint (and very overwhelmed)

Hi everyone!

I know many people do not post about being past a particular checkpoint, they wait until they finish the tree. However, Swedish in the first checkpoint has been very overwhelming for me so I consider it an accomplishment that I even got here in one piece and I want to tell the world about it.

I started my Swedish tree exactly two weeks ago with my hopes up about this mission because I had finished the Dutch tree the previous week and the only major issues I came across were the "er" thing, word order, prepositions, and the distinction between hebben and zijn in the past participle. Long story short, I had no trouble with the basics.

In Swedish, I am at level 6 which I just hit today with 461xp and to acheive level 7 I need another 289xp

With Swedish, I am having trouble with the basic elements that the first checkpoint of the tree are supposed to teach. I feel very overwhelmed. More vocabulary is being thrown at me than was in the Dutch mission and I have more notes so it is definitely more rigorous than Dutch. By more rigorous I really mean at least 10kx more rigorous.

Is it normal what I'm feeling right now? Does anyone else feel this way about their language missions?

April 30, 2015

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DogePamyuPamyu

Yes, exactly how I felt. I got to the 3rd checkpoint, felt overwhelmed, quit and now I'm coming back after a few months. I kept it in my mind and listened to some music and I've just reset my tree, and I'm flying through it now.

If you wanna learn it well, I'd go back and review every lesson you have done so far for maybe a week. Just work on REALLY solidifying stuff in the first stage, because if you have a solid base the rest will be easy.

Don't give up, just take your time and remember that racing will fail you.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anders91

Learning a language is hard, and it takes time. It is perfectly normal, and common, to feel overwhelmed when starting out.

Try to focus on small things. Set small goals, for example: learn 10 new words every week. You will find that by taking small steps every day, or every week, over a very long period of time, you will make a lot of progress. Just by using Duolingo daily you are making great progress!

I encourage you to keep learning. Don't feel discouraged by the things that you don't yet understand, instead, look at what you have already learned and give yourself a pat on the back.

Learning a new language is tough, but also extremely rewarding.

Lycka till!

May 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gymnastical

I see you're a mod. Thanks for your very kind words and taking time out of your busy moderator lifestyle to write them. Have a lingot

May 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anders91

I'm happy to help! Thank you for enjoying our course. :)

May 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alternia

I think it is normal. I tried Turkish and Indonesian and the basics were hard for me too. Usually I can get past the first check point before I start struggling. Currently in Swedish, I'm about halfway past the second check point and its starting to become a lot harder.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandonStubbs

Practice weak skills often.

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xaghtaersis

I honestly never had that with Swedish but I think that's because I was ( and well still am) pretty obsessed with learning it. You will get there though. I am currently learning Turkish and it is going slow, which is fine with me because learning a new language that is pretty alien to you takes some time.

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gymnastical

Thanks for the sympathetic and helpful responses. Upvotes for all of you from me and thanks whoever upvoted this post.

I will take your advice DogePamyuPamyu and review and solidify everything so it sticks.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dobie42

You've only been at it for 2 weeks! Don't expect too much from yourself or else you will end up being disappointed.

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gymnastical

I was able to get past the 2nd checkpoint in Dutch in two weeks so I just feel like I'm not reaching my full potential. Thanks for the comment!

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaminegg

Frustration in learning is normal, I would say. Yes, you could be doing better, and you could be doing worse. Think about what if it took twice as long? Would you have learned something less valuable?

It's just something silly that people do, they think that because they're doing something this well, it's not good enough. Forgive yourself, and dive in!

And while you're at it, forgive me if I'm a bit... platitudinous. Doesn't make it wrong, does it?

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helmad

It's truly hard to tell if what I feel is true about Swedish vs. Dutch is in fact true, since I'm a native speaker of Dutch; still I feel that Swedish is perhaps slightly more difficult coming from English than Dutch is. I've realized, trying Swedish for myself, that I have had much less trouble going from one Romance language to another, than now trying my first new Germanic language in forever. I don't know how this set of European languages developed, and I'm frustrated when I don't see immediate family resemblances with German, Dutch, and English. But exactly that difficulty also makes it fun. In an it-hurts-my-head kind of 'fun', that is.

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gymnastical

At least when you decide to tackle Norweigan, Danish, and (if it ever comes out) Icelandic, it will be een hapje tart. Thanks for the reassuring words!!!

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helmad

And now I have to dig up from my brain what 'a piece of cake' = super simple ought to be in Dutch.. that hurts too! Literally, it's een stuk taart, or een stukje taart (hapje = little bite). I'm going to give up on thinking of an idiom. Hartstikke makkelijk!

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Snommelp

Yeah, I'd say that's normal -- or at least, not abnormal. If you know what I mean. Don't be afraid to go back and review those very first lessons until you feel more comfortable with it.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duedeluee

I have the same problem :p

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nucleosynthesis

Yeah, for me it started getting overwhelming around the end of the second checkpoint. Still, I just spend certain days just refreshing my skills then finally going on the rest of it.

May 2, 2015
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