Top charts. New releases. Learning Swedish Swedish Institute Education. Some websites offer free interactive learning material, like Duolingo and Memrise, but programs like these focus on writing and reading at the expense of listening and speaking.
They also rely heavily on user-generated content, which means the quality is inconsistent and the accuracy of the information goes unverified. Learning with Babbel costs you less per month than your morning coffee, is ad-free and has been made by a team of language experts, educators and designers — so you are guaranteed a top-quality learning experience for the best value.
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Cover all four aspects of language acquisition — listening, reading, writing and speaking — with fully interactive multimedia lessons. I set about translating with Google Translate. I found it works pretty well but still makes some gaffs that you just have to look past. So, I knew I could rely on it as a tool, but only when taken with a grain of salt. Lesson 3: Look for cognates — the words you already know.
Reading emails was a quick way of sizing up the types and numbers of cognates. Lesson 4: Guess where you can — but take good note of when you guess wrong — and why. Often, when I compared my guesses to translations, I saw a lot of fuzz. My estimation of the challenge rose. I used Google Translate to listen to my emails. My estimation of the difficulties of learning Swedish rose higher.
I was longing for good old German — where what you see is what you get. Lesson 6: Understand how well or not the spoken and written versions of your language match. I would learn much later that this in German what you see is what you get because the language was written down for the first time much later than Swedish. This means Swedish sounded one way when it was first written and is quite different today. From Day 1, I took time to keep a digital record of the words I wanted to learn.
Last updated: 22 January Charlotte West lived in Stockholm from to , working as an editor and freelance writer. She now lives in Seattle on the US west coast. Welcome to the official site of Sweden. The world's most popular way to learn Swedish online Learn Swedish in just 5 minutes a day with our game-like lessons. Start Expand Start Minimize Start. Education Expand Education Minimize Education. Both use the Latin alphabet and a Subject — Verb — Object word order. In terms of vocabulary, the meaning of many Swedish words will quickly be obvious to an English speaker, though there are traps for the unwary.