https://www.duolingo.com/stephenbal4

I finished the tree!

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It took me a while, but I finally finished the Swedish tree :).

I don't understand Future Preterite or Passive at all... I will have to go back and read the notes on those and do some more practice.

This is the first tree I've done on Duolingo where I had zero experience with the language beforehand. It was a much rougher start than German, even though German has much more difficult grammar and I only had a semester of formal German. I felt pretty incompetent in Swedish until I started getting to tenses. However, now I feel able to converse in simple terms, and I can understand some Swedish webpages.

Thanks to Arnauti, Anrui, Zmrzlina, Lundgren8, HelenCarlsson, and others I'm forgetting for answering questions promptly in the comments! Also thanks to everyone who asked the questions I had before I got there.

Also, this course was pretty modern with respect to gender roles. There seemed to be a deliberate effort to remove them. I liked that.

5/30/2015, 6:26:51 AM

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Grattis, Stephen!

The Swedish course is definitely very forward, definitely over the original courses.

5/30/2015, 4:19:42 PM

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For a moment, when there was an audio Swedish sentence like "She is her new wife", or something similar, I was experiencing a bit of a cognitive dissonance, until I realized that, of course, this is Swedish we're talking about, not English, and got it right. I really liked that one. Societal prejudices are so deeply rooted in people, and I hope we eventually get rid of them. Go Sweden!

5/30/2015, 6:28:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gabrielarangel

Much better than "she is her new wife", I got the following phrase: "Her wife is a priest"!! It made me smile the whole week :)

6/1/2015, 6:30:39 PM

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:)

6/1/2015, 6:41:56 PM

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Yes! That is truly an excellent example! Well worthy a lingot!

6/1/2015, 6:38:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gabrielarangel

tack! I'll make good use of it :D

6/1/2015, 6:56:29 PM

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Tack!

5/30/2015, 4:20:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AidanJohns4

Good job!

5/30/2015, 3:41:21 PM

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Thanks!

5/30/2015, 4:17:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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Fantastic work Stephen, congratulations. :D

5/30/2015, 8:30:54 PM

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Tack!

5/30/2015, 8:34:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mokane3562

Grattis! :D

5/30/2015, 9:25:10 PM

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Tack!

5/30/2015, 9:36:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/akshan
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grattis! how long did it take?

5/31/2015, 8:10:26 PM

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Tack! Apparently longer than I thought. My stream says I learned my first skill 5 months ago, and I took a couple hiatuses in the middle.

5/31/2015, 8:14:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/akshan
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nope, this is ok for studying language) good job!

5/31/2015, 8:36:42 PM

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Tack!

5/31/2015, 10:39:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gabrielarangel

Congratulations! It takes a lot of effort and perseverance! ;) May I ask one thing though? I'm between the 3rd and 4h (that is, the last) checkpoints right now, and I find it a bit hard to take all the vocabulary in... I decided to take a bit more lightly (lest my head explodes) and just do my lessons (and keep them golden of course), hoping I'm going to memorize the new words along the way... Is that a bad idea? Should I struggle to learn all the new words by heart before moving on to other lessons?

6/1/2015, 6:34:46 PM

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Tack! I think it's up to you. I did the same thing - I rushed through the tree, and I'll be strengthening skills to remember the vocab. To me, vocab is something that I'll be learning for a loooong time because there's just so much of it even outside of the Duolingo course. I prefer to get to the parts that help me to immediately express myself like all of the tenses (which they inconveniently put at the end of the courses). You could also create Memrise vocab lists for the Duolingo words and study your vocab there. I also saw a thread about accessing the Words tab for unsupported languages (I can link you if you'd like).

6/1/2015, 6:51:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gabrielarangel

Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking - especially since I want to finish the tree before I go to Sweden, in August. I think it will be much easier to pick new vocabulary once I'm there. Grammar, on the other side, I'd like to know beforehand... I finally reached "future" on the tree, it seems like it took forever! I tried to search for the thread you mentioned, but couldn't find it, so I'd be really gratefull if you could link it!!! :) thank you so much! :D

6/1/2015, 7:08:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/stephenbal4
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Here's the link to get the words tab. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8623493

You get to go to Sweden? That's awesome! Is it just for vacation?

6/1/2015, 7:15:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gabrielarangel

Fortunately no! I'm going to do my Master's there :) But I wanted to learn Swedish even before that!

Thank you very much for the link! My name is Gabriela Rangel, add me on Facebook one of these days if you want someone to practice your Swedish with! (the same goes for other people who happen to read this post!!)

6/1/2015, 7:28:02 PM

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Tack :)! And that's awesome! Good luck with your Masters!

6/1/2015, 7:39:43 PM
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