How I learn Swedish

Ja, jag lär mig svenska och jag vill berätta dig hur jag gör det. 🙂 (Yes, I’m learning Swedish and I will tell you how I do it.)
Point of motivation: Are you learning Swedish, but you couldn’t understand my sentence (completely)? Keep learning! One day, you’ll feel proud when you think to yourself ”Wow, I can understand this”!
Although my sentence is pretty basic, I will not take for granted the fact that two years ago I COULDN’T read this.

I’m learning the Swedish language by myself, using mostly online resources. I also have textbooks where I write down what I learn and test myself. Let me list you the ways I learn Swedish:

Learning from language books

I like to learn Swedish using handy little pocket-books with information. My books are Dutch and are called ”Wat & Hoe Zweeds” and ”ANWB Taalgids Zweeds”. I started out this way, just going over the words and sentences, starting from the beginning, going by what I think would be most useful to learn first. For example, I don’t plan on going to Sweden any time soon, so I don’t feel like learning how to order at a restaurant just yet. Of course I will end up learning this at some point.
I started with the basics: Weekdays, months, numbers, simple sentences about introducing oneself and getting into a conversation of smalltalk with someone.

Learning from music

I think learning by listening to nice songs is a great way to learn. The more you learn, the easier it’ll become to sing along with the lyrics (in your head). Plus, you might find some new amazing songs to listen to! These are some of my favorites:

  • Basshunter och Lillen – Vifta Med Händerna
  • Basshunter – Utan Stjärnorna
  • Basshunter – Var Är Jag
  • Basshunter – Hallå Där
  • Disney’s Mulan – En Spegelbild
  • Disney’s Lion King – En Värld Full Av Liv
  • Martin Svensson – (Du är så) Yeah Yeah Wow Wow
  • Pernilla Karlsson – När Jag Blunder

Learning from movies and tv

I don’t know many Swedish movies, except Show Me Love, which I’ve watched several times in the past 10 years. I don’t think it’s a movie just anyone would (should?) watch, but luckily there’s this awesome invention: subtitles! That’s why I watched Inception in English, with Swedish subtitles. While watching the movie, I also wrote down notes in my textbook. Now, as for TV-series or anything… I haven’t watched any yet, however, I do watch Varg Veum, which is a Norwegian crime series. And since Norwegian is similar to Swedish…
I realize this might be bad advice, but hey, do with it as you like.
I started watching Varg Veum for the language (found it by randomly changing channels on TV) and will keep watching it because it’s a pretty darn good series.

Learning from websites

General informative sites:

Swedish Blogs & Websites:

Don’t skip these!

Lycka till! (Good luck!)

1 Comment

  1. Professor Paul

    Yeah, there’s some good tips here. I would also suggest that you watch English films with Swedish subtitles. Just listen to the dialogue, pause it, and then read the subtitles and try and match up everything. If you really get stuck you can use a dictionary, but otherwise this is by far the fastest way to build a working vocabulary and understanding of slang etc.

    Another great way to get your flow going is to record yourself reading Swedish dialogues or texts and then listen back to yourself and see if you can understand yourself. This will train both your tongue and your ear at the same time.

    Nice blog 🙂

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