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https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

I finished my Swedish tree!

But what do I do now? P.S. while reading is not a problem I still have trouble comprehending clearly what Swedes are saying because they speak really really fast.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ThatOneKidJosh

First of all, before I give any tips, congratulations for completing the tree! Grattis! (Also, good job on your 100 day streak!)

So, what to do?
1. Keep your tree golden
Always come back to the tree to keep skills golden and to review. Kink out those final stutters in the tree! 2. Use other resources, such as Memrise However, you're not done. Use other resources such as Memrise and Anki. They are 2 very good websites.
3. Use your skills in the outside world! When you grow older, travel to Sweden for a while! Use those linguistic skills and you will ROCK ON! In the meantime, keep practicing!

By the way, here's 15 lingots :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

Thank you so much! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatOneKidJosh

Don't think about it ;) You deserve it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit
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And on the same day as your 100 day streak. Well done:)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magicafan
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Grattis!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Buy some swedish books, read som swedish poetry:)?

http://kvinnagudinna.blogspot.se/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isaaki96

Congrats!

I'm no expert at this language-learning thing but I have a few ideas for listening practice. I'm not at the level in Swedish where I'm worrying about this yet, but I know at least with French listening is still my biggest weakness as well. I listen to songs and memorize the lyrics, which helps a bit with learning the rhythm of the language and vocabulary. It's most definitely not enough though! Right now, I try to watch youtube videos and listen to podcasts multiple times and it's always good if they have subtitles/transcriptions. One exercise is to listen to a little clip of something and see how much you can write down. The best way to truly test yourself is to communicate with native speakers, so if you haven't already, make some friends on www.italki.com and ask for help via Skype! Once I finished my French tree this was hands-down my biggest tool for improving. Also, seek out blogs and discussions of other language learners and see what they have to say. There are tons of great articles for perusal on www.fluentin3months.com.

Don't give up, you've made it so far already, which is a huge accomplishment! Consistency will see you to your goal! :) I hope you get the chance to travel to Sweden someday. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

Thank you! This will be very helpful!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kadett7
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Thanks for your advice

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TromBennyBone

Nice job! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StaffanIsf
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Om du inte sett det, så är detta den bästa nyhetssiten. http://www.svt.se/svttext/

Yes it's simple, but it's clean from most clutter and images. And if you only read one item per day, you'll learn to love the "blue" pages that occurs on page 128/129 once in a while, where they keep the silly news.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

Tack! Jag letar alltid efter en bra svensk nyheter sida.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alanhenn
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Grattis! I have also just finished my Swedish tree today -- and while visiting Stockholm! I've begun to move onto watching Swedish television, either here or using SVT's app. I need to put the Swedish subtitles on (almost all SVT programmes on their app comes with Swedish subtitles) but its really useful, especially everyday, colloquial Swedish on dramas. I also watch a lot of kid's tv on SVT, as it's very easy to follow and I notice I need the subtitles less and less. Of course, a huge 'tack så mycket' has to go out to the creators of the course! It's amazing!! Now I need to continue trying to keep my tree as gold as possible (about 60% gold today and nothing less than 4 bars).... and I also have a French course to finish, and maybe I'll try Norwegian too when it comes out :) Love duolingo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

Yes it's awesome how much effort was put into this course! Congratulations on finishing Swedish :) and thanks for the suggestion.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alanhenn
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Well I have over 10,000 XPs in Swedish, which represents over 100 hours I think. I've also been studying French and later Italian at the same time!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cfagerquist

I agree with the SVT app. I don't understand 90% of the words said, but I can understand some from the visual context. I really enjoyed watching Melodifestivalen 2015. Mariette was my favorite contestent. Good luck to Mans Zelmerlow during the Eurovision Song Contest. 19, 21, and 23 May.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maanlufsen
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I've been listening to random podcasts off and on, playing internet radio (http://sverigesradio.se/p1/, for example) as well as watching kid and adult shows on SVT Play (Wibby Gris and Bamse have been my goto on Barnkanalen when they been available). At first I could only pick out a single word here and there, but the more I have progressed in my tree (congrats, btw!) and the more I have listened and watched, the more words I have been able to pick out. I'm finding simple sentences to be intelligible, and others I can understand enough that I can almost feel confident that I understand (or, at the very least, I understand enough to get it completely wrong ;) )

Listening, like reading, writing, and speaking, is a skill that gets better with practice. It's ok to not understand whole sentences (as infuriating as that can feel) while you learn to pick out the individual words you do recognize. Just keep at it, like you did with Duolingo.

I am very much looking forward to watching, and understanding, more shows, reading books (I have a copy of Sprängaren I bought after watching Annika Bengzton on Netflix that taunts me and I sooo want to watch Jordskott), and listening to more podcasts.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/surky1

Grattis! And you have a 100 streak, too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hwagz
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There are quite a few Swedish TV shows on YouTube you can watch to improve your listening. I've been watching one called Skärsgårdsdoktorn.

Congratulations!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeKatten

Congratulations! How long did it take you?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

Thanks! Well, it's been 100 days since I started. But for anyone out there who really wants to know how long it would usually take, I was on Insane, kept every learned skill golden everyday and delayed and put off things a lot so I'm sure I would have taken less time if I had been more hardworking. It was a fun 3 months :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cfagerquist

Fantastic, I hope you have a great sense of accomplishment!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/foxent
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Hello TheBananaGhost it's been 2 years!! How is your Swedish comprehension now? Did you ever end up being fluent? I'm curious, as I'm about to embark on my own Swedish journey and would love to hear from an expert!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBananaGhost

Haha while I am by no means an expert, I would love to share my experience after duolingo.

After duolingo, while I didn't have the same rigor to drill swedish everyday, like most people I tried my hand at immersion. I did this by: 1) changing my phone and all my apps to swedish (even my graphing calculator) and obnoxiously making instagram posts in swedish. This really helps you practice using the swedish keyboard. 2) following swedish youtubers (ijustwanttobecool, clara henry and dunderhumor speak exclusively in swedish often without subtitles but boy is it worth it) (Really helped with improving my accent) 3) reading swedish news (I found Dagens Nyheter to be the most reliable source) 4) downloading and reading the bible in swedish (D2000 is the version I use. I don't recommend this unless you want to speak like someone from 200 BC) 5) buying and reading swedish childrens books (moomin) 6) (abandoned) connecting with native speakers in the HelloTalk app (a bit intimidating because they were all strangers)

These helped significantly with reading writing and listening. I would like to say that I've become fairly fluent in those aspects.

While I never got the chance to test the fluency of my speech with a native speaker, I did get to converse with a non-native (and more learned) swedish speaker. I found that while I could easily reply to basic topics that duolingo forces you to repeat (work, lifestyle, individual), I was struggling when it came to other subjects.

TL;DR I've become quite fluent at reading writing and listening but my speech needs improvement.

I'm really happy that you've chosen to learn this beautiful language! I hope someday you'll be able to achieve that ever-so-coveted level of fluency. I hope you'll find immersion much easier than I did, and maybe even learn a new language(?) Lycka till, min vän!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/foxent
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That's so awesome. Thank you so much for your detailed response. I'm actually an American student studying in Sweden right now for the next year. If you want to visit me, then please!

1 year ago