https://www.duolingo.com/alexfallon

Hey guys! Let's start a new subject : why did you decided to learn swedish?

For me, i'm fascinated by their government system, their education too. I'm from canada, I'll probably never have the chance to meet someone from sweden. Canada is the first hockey team of the world too but slowly, finish, swedish and norwegian are getting better every olympic games and sweden will eventually be a great oponent. I'm sure that they share a lot of stuff with us because they seem to have the same winters.

3 years ago

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There is a large Swedish-speaking minority in Finland, which means that Swedish is a compulsory subject for Finnish-speaking Finns like me. When I was at school I hated Swedish, because I had a lousy teacher; teenagers just are not that logical. Now that I am older, I have realised that Swedish is a beautiful language and an essential part of Finnish culture, which is why I have decided to give the language more attention. Ice hockey is by far the most popular form of sport in Finland by the way. Congratulations on winning the World Championship! You had an amazing team :)

3 years ago

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I learned it in school and I knew german already which helped me to learn it faster.

Haha did you just compare the Finnish and Swedish to the Norwegian team :D I would say that Finland and Sweden have been among the top 6 ice hockey teams for the last 2 decades if you look at all the competitions World Cup, Olympics and World Championships.

3 years ago

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Canada is the first hockey team of the world too but slowly, finish, swedish and norwegian are getting better every olympic games and sweden will eventually be a great oponent.

What do you mean eventually? What about 1994 and 2006. The ending of the 1994 gold medal game is one of the most memorable pieces of Swedish sports history. Youtube video of the ending, please watch it.

3 years ago

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Because I am making an exchange semester in Munich, Germany, at the moment. I am hanging out with some Danes, Finns and Swedes and found it embarrassing that I, as a Dane, found it so hard to understand Swedish. So I wanted to improve a bit. And just for the fun of it, of course :)

3 years ago

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I've always loved the northern/Scandinavian culture, I don't know why, these countries always fascinated me. The landscape, the people and the languages are equally beautiful and I love their music too (although I'm not a big fan of metal, which these countries are famous for, but they are always my favourites in the Eurovision). To be honest, what I really want to learn is Finnish and Icelandic, but until that I decided to try Swedish and Norwegian and I did not regret it at all, although I'm a bit afraid that I will confuse the two because they are so similar :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/litara_au

I wanted to learn one more foreign language except English but I was not sure about which one to choose. So I downloaded language apps to my mobile and tried some. There were Polish (many of my friends know Polish and I am ashamed not to know it though I understand it a bit since it's also a Slavic language like my native Belarusian and Russian), Finnish (I have a good friend who is Finnish and I like northern cultures), German (it's an important language in European culture and literature). Finally I have chosen Swedish or maybe Swedish has chosen me. I have some Swedish friends and collegues, all of them are very nice people, I appreciate how much they value human rights and democracy in Sweden unlike in my country. So Swedish sounds like a language of freedom to me. Another reason is that my favourite singer is Loreen and she is from Sweden. The first word I learned was "fyra" as I went by Arlanda Express to the airport from Stockholm and they named the stops and I remember myself thinking that the music of the language was beautiful. So it turns there were a lot of reasons for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/imflashdelirium

Because I want to study art in Sweden!

3 years ago

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This Video http://tinyurl.com/kyuhhzv

And a dream to study in stockholm. :D

3 years ago

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I won't be original, probably, but my first chance to meet Swedish was through music, particularly the black and depressive suicidal black metal. From then I realized, that Swedish is pretty nice, and it was just so close to meeting my first Swedes. I like them, and I'd definitely love to leva och do i Norden. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vevlira

I'm very interested in Swedish folk music and dances. I play the music myself on the nyckelharpa (which is considered to be the Swedish national insturment, it is [or was?] depicted on the 50 kronor lapp) and other instruments. I really love this music and regularly visit workshops with Swedish teachers here in Germany. It is difficult to find any background info about this music outside of Sweden/in English and I want to be able to understand and communicate with the Swedish musicians more easily... and I slowly came to love the language through the music, so here I am. This year I'm finally going to Sweden for the first time, for some private nyckelharpa lessons, so I hope to be able to use my Swedish a bit in real life! :) (If anybody is interested in this, please feel free to let me know and I can provide some examples - I didn't want to unnecessarily spam this discussion with a million YouTube links ;) )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WhimbreI
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When I was little, I loved a film called The Land of Faraway, based on Mio, min Mio by Astrid Lindgren. The only English version of her book I've been able to find completely changed the names of most of the characters, so I don't trust it to be a good translation. My goal is to learn enough Swedish to someday enjoy the story in its original form.

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Oh, I love Mio, min Mio. And I love Bröderna Lejonhjärta even more. Have you read it?

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Yes! And it was wonderful, so I'm guessing that one was a good translation. Unfortunately it was a library copy that isn't in the system anymore. :( Why is it only the Pippi books that seem to stay in print here in the US, I wonder?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/momincolorado22

Used to live there, so want to prove to myself that as I was once fluent, I haven't lost it all. I lived among teens and young people, and spoke slang, so it's odd to learn 'proper' Swedish. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa1240

I want to travel in Sweden and Norway for several weeks next year and I hope to learn enough to make myself understood.

3 years ago

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Make sure not to only use Duolingo, listening and speaking skills are almost non-existent on duo so try something like Pimsleur, Klartext and of course Swedish films!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa1240

Oh, I am. I'm also using Memrise, the Nybörjarsvenska books, and listening to Swedish radio and music. :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasMiln1

Thanks for the tip. :)

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Ja, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden.

Canada is the first hockey team of the world too

This year they won but historically long and short term Russia was more successful.

The important match always is Finland - Sweden.

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Hahaha yeah you right, russia is pretty good too! We are glad you're hear, because U SA wouldn't be enough. I would love to travel with my skates in all north europe and shake the hands of differents hoeckey players! I'm not really good though... I guess that a match Finland - Sweden would be interesting. The capitan of the montreal Canadiens was Saku Koivu (finish) he was their for years. It's a record for the team. From russia, we had the amazing Alex Kovalev and we still have one of the top defense of the league : Andrei Markov

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Same with their government one, and for me I personally really love Swedish media! In particular nordic noir (erik winter, girl with the dragon tattoo, bron etc) and Swedish metal! The country itself I'd also really like to visit, it looks absolutely beautiful, very vast and well kept!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeeklyTroll

I actually started learning swedish because I am a GIANT pewdiepie fan and he is just such an inspiration in my life, and swedish sounds so cool to learn and I would love to learn it because I want to visit sweden and marry a beautiful swedish man. {:[D>

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I'm afraid my reason for learning Swedish is not as interesting as most of these other posters here. I wanted to try another language in addition to learning Japanese - something very easy to pick up and that I had some interest in. I happen to love Scandinavian languages, so I immediately opted for Norwegian (I have a history with that language...). But after I read up on some of the dialects and the problems students have had, I chickened out. I still plan to learn some Norwegian in the future, but for now I'm doing Swedish. I'm very glad I did because I am picking it up very quickly and I just adore the way it sounds!

Someday I hope to watch the film "Through a Glass Darkly" (or Såsom i en spegel) without subtitles. I've never watched it with subtitles actually, but it looks so interesting and I would love to watch it in its original format and still understand what's happening.

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Almost the same thing happened to me!

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I'm actually moving from my native UK to Norrkoping in Östergötland in August to be an Au Pair. I'll be on an intensive language course while I'm there but would love to be at least a little knowledgeable...

I entertained a brief fling with Norwegian last year so I have some basic knowledge, and the hardest thing is making sure I don't answer in Norwegian, but I like Swedish so far :) I've been obsessed with Scandinavia for a good couple of years now, and have been to Norway/Sweden a bunch of times (9 times at last check) and I'm doing a final tour of Norway at the end of July before moving to Sverige for good! :)

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you'll never be rid of norsk and you know it! ;) (now who's stalking who???) <3333

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i want to travel there sometime and also.. the music) i want to understand songs.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasMiln1

Just wanted to learn a new language, and Swedish enticed me! It's been pretty easy-ish so far, but it's definitely getting harder! Only know very basic words yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nucleosynthesis

I started leaning Swedish because of this dumb anime called "Hetalia".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaestroAtticus

1.for fun 2. I have some Swedish friends and got annoyed when I couldn't understand what they were saying

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I'm actually from Florida (quite a bit farther away than Canada), but some Swedes have moved to the area which motivated me a little bit, and I've always wanted to visit Scandinavia.

3 years ago

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Scandinavia has always been fascinating for me, especially Sweden, but I started learning the language mostly because one of my favorite youtubers (Jackocalypse, not Pewdiepie) is Swedish and the majority of the time, he has Swedish comments on his Instagram posts and I just kind of thought "I would love to understand that" and bam, I'm learning Swedish.

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