https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

Nu har jag en gyllene uggla och ett gyllene träd!

This is my "Tack så mycket!" thread

Seriously, I can't thank the moderators and other native Swedish speakers enough for contributing your time to building this tool as well as answering any silly little questions I have asked along the way! Six months ago learning to speak Swedish seemed like an unrealistic dream, but now I can understand the broad strokes of Klartext and read moderate texts. I still have a lot of practice to do, but I am so so so so happy with where I am in less than a year of studying the language.

Now to decide if I want to learn Norweigan, Irish or French next.

May 26, 2015

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/landsend

Congratulations!

Please allow me a small remark: Swedish is a V2 language (like practically all Germanic languages except English), i.e. verb on position 2. "Jag" (1) "nu" (2) "har" (3) ... doesn't work. "Nu har jag..." or "Jag har nu..." would do.

If you can freely choose I would recommend French. It is different which means you get to learn new concepts and don't mingle up with your Swedish knowledge. And it is slightly more useful than Irish. If it is just for learning's sake than choose Irish by that logic ;-).

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

Thanks, I know I still have a lot of work to do, and of course google translate is terrible at checking your grammar once you get above a certain level.

Yeah, that mirrors my thoughts on French vs Irish. I've heard that English gets about 25% of its vocabulary from French, so of the living Romance languages it's supposedly the easiest for a native English speaker to learn. However, my feelings are that it's not an option of "either/or" so much as "which one first" thanks to this amazing website!

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

Grattis till din svenska uggla! Jag studerar norska nu och den kursen är också jättebra, men jag förstår att du vill vänta med den för att inte bli alltför förvirrad. Min utmaning är att inte blanda ihop danska och norska :).

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend

Blandningen mellan danska och norska kallas dorska? ;-P

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

Då talar jag svedorsk!

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

Blandinavien (The Svensk bland, definitely not the English)

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend

Jag frygter att jeg gjør samma.

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

Grattis!

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/km1

Grattis! Har du har också gyllene skor?

You should learn Danish because it it less similiar to Swedish than Norwegian so you are less likely to mix them up, but still you have much shared vocabulary and nearly the same grammar so it will be easy. Then learn French. It is fun to see there are a number of loan words from French in Scandinavian languages, but the spelling has typically been altered. Later you can go back and do Norwegian and it will be very easy after you have learned Swedish and Danish.

Having a strong foundation in Danish I am learning Swedish and Norwegian now. My primary goal is to understand these languages both spoken and written. A second goal is to speak well enough to make myself understood. I am sure I will mix up Swedish and Norwegian but I suppose I can always claim it's some little known dialect;

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

Honestly, when I watch movies in Norwegian, Danish and German the Danish movies are the hardest to understand. I can understand what's going on in German much easier than Danish (or at least I think I can, who knows it may be full of false friends) even though I have never taken a German lesson. I completely get the potato in mouth thing. I suppose though practice is the only way to get around the Danish mumble.

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/km1

Yes. You will find it easier to read Danish than to listen to it at first.

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/apricotpixie

Clara Henry got en liten uggla tattoo on her arm, thats how I understood the title of this thread. :P Also Congrats!!!! Swedish is the best!

May 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

Take norweigan first, it will take extremly short amount of time and energy, considering you already know swedish in the amount you do. Then you can go to the other languages, it's more effective.

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dfpeterson

I'm thinking that once I get to a very comfortable level with the Swedish tree, ie fairly consistently completing the lessons in 17 questions, I can swap in Norwegian with little effort. I think I can do that and learn either Irish or French (and I'm leaning towards Irish even though I will probably have even fewer opportunities to learn it than Swedish) at the same time without confusing myself too much.

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ImJacob

Great work!

I would go for Norwegian now. It's so similar to Swedish that your practically knocking out two birds with one stone.

June 6, 2015
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