Bonus Skills - What would you want?
Firstly, allow me to say that moderating a course of avid and great learners such as you really is a privilege. Thank you all!
But secondly and more on-topic, there is one thing missing about the Swedish course: Bonus Skills. We've been discussing at little bit among us course mods, and we figured we'd ask you all if there's something you'd want for a Bonus Skill.
So, are there any other ideas or suggestions? Let us hear! We won't promise anything, but we'd like to hear what you guys think. :)
Edit: we're currently not able to build Bonus Skills for a released course, but we might as well prepare to build one if we could be given the chance. :)
Just yesterday I was thinking about the Swedish bonus skills and when they are going to appear :D
So, my choices would be:
-Idioms (slang, everyday phrases, etc)
-Culture and history
-And definitely mythology
But whichever your final choices will be, I'm greatly anticipating them :D
I'd be interested in:
Swedish culture and holidays
Food (more specific Swedish dishes and more vegetables)
Stuff that would be useful in every day situations. Obviously you aren't flirting 24/7... Stuff that gets mentioned every day would be nice.
I'm only halfway through the tree, so my apologies if these are somewhat covered later on:
Sites/attractions: Regalskeppet Vasa, Ridanäs, Lingsberg Runestones, Struve Geodetic Arc
Swedish sports/hobbies: Brännboll, Kubb, hockey
Culture stuff: Allemansrätten, Våffeldagen
...I typed out a whole response, and then went and upvoted the original comment, forgetting that doing so deletes what you've typed! Grrr....
Anyways... so, even though flirting and idioms are fairly standard fare for bonus skills, I think both of those could be fun. Especially idioms and slang. Part of the problem I'm personally running into is that a lot of the thoughts that are jumping to the front of my mind are things that were at least touched upon in the main skills. Like, Swedish food would be a fun unit, but we got a hint of that in food 2. Or Norse mythology might be nice.
Jag håller för det första med föregående talare kring svensk historia, nordgermansk mytologi, lite vikingfakta (alltid internationellt intressant), slang, stockholmsparlör, göteborgsparlör, malmöitiska, men i väntan (antagligen väldigt lång) på egna kurser på temat så kunne man köra lite dalska, gotländska, skånska, småländska, norrländska, m.m. Det finns hur många teman som helst, Sverige är känt för sin feministiska agenda, varför inte göra en feministisk parlör:)! Samerna? - detta naturligtvis förutöver de ordinära extrakurserna kring smickrande flirtning samt ordstäv. Personligen gillar jag även språkhistoria, så varför ej en stavningshistorisk outblick.
A problem with having accents as a bonus skill is that they mostly differ in pronunciation. While there are some regional words, I feel that the current text-to-speech is not really going to do them justice.
I like the idea of slang as a bonus skill though, I find the Swedish course to be a bit formal.
Also please try to stick to English in the discussions so everyone can understand.
Thank you for your feedback!
My top picks would be history (including a bit of mythology, perhaps?) and slang/common sayings.
- Swedish culture
- Shapes *Body parts (this might be covered in medical skill haven't gotten there yet)
*Christmas (other holidays would be good too).
Having such great teachers is a privilege. Thank you! I'm liking the sounds of: -Culture/History (holidays/celebrations?) -Idioms -And of course flirting What ever you put in front of me I'll learn though :)
A small list from me :
- everyday idioms
- culture, historical and famous monuments and places
I'll echo the people who mentioned Swedish history. It's not like the lesson could be a bunch of proper names of people and places from Swedish history, but I'd love to learn the words for fun concepts that are relevant to Swedish history like nobility, warship, neutrality, industrialization and so on.
Mythology and history, as others have been saying, both seem like excellent choices.
I also want to throw in my vote for a more academic bonus skill, either a "Science 2" skill, a more specific subject like "Astronomy" or "Philosophy" like the Norwegian course is doing.
"Computers" or "The Internet" seems like a good idea as well, since these subjects are so important to modern life, but not covered in much depth in the main course.
A final idea is to have a skill dedicated to native Swedish flora and fauna. What kinds of trees are there in Sweden? What kinds of birds are common? Are there any notable flowers or fruits you might run across on a hike?
My top picks are mythology, idioms, and history. I look forward to whatever the final choices are - I'm sure they'll be excellent! :)
Bonus skills would be fantastic!
I'd like to have phrases and commonly used expressions that would be useful in conversation.
Slang and idioms would be good, too.
And don't rule out flirting - you never know when you might meet a cute Swede. :-)
Thanks for asking! So many wonderful suggestions made already, I would just like to add Swedish literature as a suggestion.
Olympic Events= I know that Olympic talk doesn't happen everyday but sports is a common topic of conversation. You obviously can't teach every single word about each specific sport in Swedish (unless of course it's very popular among us Swedish students, like all of us do gymnastics or all of us ski) but if given the vocab for the events in the Olympics (like skiing, gymnastics, etc) that would serve as a starting point for conversation about a lot of our favorite sports since so many sports are Olympic events. And if it's not too much work, also include some specific things about the events (like the beam for gymnastics or cross country skiing). Btw, I actually am a gymnast striving to be in the Olympics which would make this especially relevant to me and those on here who are cheering me to success (I'm not Gymnastical for nothing).
Common illnesses and injuries= I know that we have a health skill but one thing about the health skill for Dutch is that it does not cover a lot of common illnesses and there's nothing about injuries. For an idea on where to start on illnesses, watch one of those YouTube videos for those learning English about illness and the vocabulary given there, give that in Swedish. And for injuries, since just about any kind of injury can happen in gymnastics, think of some injuries that you have seen or heard of (or if you are a gymnast, some that have happened to you) in gymnastics, such as a sprain, fracture, muscle pull, etc. Common causes are also important, such as overuse (that's actually the most common cause in the case of gymnastics), falling hard or landing wrong, and going too advanced for your level. Devices used in the case of injuries are also important, such as cast, the bucket of ice (yes, it actually is common to put an injured hand or foot in a bucket of ice), brace, and crutches.
Idioms and slang= Not only is this a fun topic, but I have developed inside jokes about it with someone and it seems like I cannot have a conversation with that person without something about idioms coming up and making one or both of us laugh.
I hope this helps!
I think proverbs, slang, attractions of Sweden(like famous castles, old towns etc.), maybe some song lyrics, maybe something about Old Norse (If any of you has any knowledge of it). And talking about it : Mythology maybe some song lyrics
- Practical, "everyday" or funny idioms/slang
- Weather and climate
- Etiquette and idiomatic expressions for ordering (restaurants, bars, private gatherings)
- Swedish transportation (ferries, high-speed vs. normal/regional trains, platforms, trams, buses, cards, ticket machines, conductors, stations, etc.)
- Swedish history, culture and holidays
- Ordinary food (more produce), Swedish candy and Jansson's Temptation
I love the ideas about having bonus skills in weather and idioms! I also think it would be cool to have some more vocab to help with getting to know people, such as hobbies and maybe some more professions. Also maybe some more adjectives that can be used for describing people or art/culture would be nice!
Idioms and proverbs would be nice. The few I know are very hilariously charming(like Det finns ingen ko pa isen).
Thank you for inviting us to submit ideas for bonus skills, Emil! My suggestion: some basic telephone skills would be useful, such as: making/cancelling an appointment (with a doctor, with a hairdresser, with a bank, with a university, etc.); asking to speak to a friend (and leaving our name and telephone with a message to call us back). Just some short formulas would be nice to have. Thank you again for your initiative. Best regards.
-Sweden/Finland- cultural words from where Swedish is mainly spoken (e.g.: dalahäst) and place names (e.g.: Göteborg, Öresundsförbindelsen)
-Idioms- even though many other courses have this skill, they are still good to know
-Regional words- other words used in certain Swedish dialects (maybe some words in skånska)
Certainly this echoes other sentiments already posted here, but I'd love to see Common/Everyday Phrases for life in Sweden, and also History- the exploits of King Gustav II Adolf would be amazing!
Slang would be nice, and, you know how Swedish uses a lot of phrases to say one thing? Like, the verb care is said as tar hand om, and the verb wear is said as har på sig. Could we have a course on common Swedish expressions as such that represent common verbs that Swedish does not have? Thanks a lot.
I've been thinking about this ever since you asked, and agree with a lot of what folks have said. My list would include: weather--in much more detail than we have here; gardening; plants--trees, flowers, herbs, etc.; things you might discuss in an art museum; other music things--for orchestras, bands, dancing, etc.; health issues/body parts
After I did the "arts" section, I did a little independent research on the names of instruments that hadn't been mentioned here, and a surprising number were similar to or the same as English. E.g. trombone is trombon, harp is harpa, clarinet is klarinett, cello is cello. Of course, then you've got some that aren't so obvious... like, harmonica is munspel.
I'm interested in reading some crime thrillers when I get enough skill. So maybe something on crime and punishment?
I don't know if there's a book, but I've started watching Bron/Broen (with subtitles of course) and I highly recommend it! Half is in Danish though, so that can get confusing. But it's still great!
I think the best idea would be emergency things like "I need to see a doctor" or "my wallet has been lost" or something of that sort. Or possibly something related to tourism like "how do I get to X?" or "where does this bus go?"
Firstly, I would gladly see a skill dedicated to specific university communication. How to enroll to the university, how to get place at the seminar, some phrases which help to read papers and so on.
Secondly, a section making an acquaintance with modern Swedish media world. Some typical TV-shows, media personalities and so on.
And at last, a small political section would be also useful. Not that I am so interested to politics (actually not at all), but many learners work on their language skills reading newspapers and listening to radio, where political content is essential.
Aaaaaand totally at last, an extra section dedicated to famlous Swedish lyrics. For example, it would be interesting to learn the national anthem!
Visiting the Pharmacy.
Trouble in the bathroom might mean "nothing is happening!" or "it won't stop!". Is your headache a migraine or a hangover? Does your cut need a plaster or stiches? Precision vocabulary is very important.
Plus the names of some generic drugs like paracetemol/Tylenol that are very common but not called the same thing in various countries, and random tat like hairbands, shampoo and deodorant to back up the toothbrush and razor that we already learn.
Here are some of my suggestions:
~Flirting <sub>Idioms </sub>School Supplies or Subjects <sub>History </sub>Religions ~Myths Thats all I can really think of. The Swedish tree is still a bunch of fun as is, but bonus skills would really add a more creative and I always find when I'm bored I go do some bonus skills. Well good luck!
I love this course and I think some really useful bonus skills that I would love to see would definitely be: -Hobbies / Interests -Slang / Idioms -Shopping terminology (I would like... How much is...? Including currency) -Weather -Flirting It would be great to see any bonus skills on Swedish these are just some ideas that I think would be good.
There should be basic history(wars, treaties, major changes, etc.) in most courses as an optional thing. However, the best way to learn history is to talk to old people. Trust me.
We've been traveling here in Sweden, and mina älskling have some very specific interests that I would love to see bonus skills for! (What else am I doing with the lingots?)
Cooking and food - focused on common Swedish foods, you people eat a lot of types of fish!
Fiber crafts - I've picked up Garn, ull, stickning, textil etc... a full set of those!
Military terms - We've been to a lot of military museums.
Plants Botany - Technical terms and common plants
Animals - Mostly native animals and livestock
History - There are already some words like "tower" and "wall", but more would be great!
That's what has come to mind in our travels, I'm sure there will be more. I am very much hoping this can become a thing! Who do we need to bribe? Tack!