To round off this Learning Swedish series, I want to describe my experiences with less common ways to learn Swedish. I’m hoping so far you’ve found, what I’ve shared with you in the previous two posts on Duolingo and Rosetta Stone or Memrise and Podcasts, to be useful. If you’re currently learning Swedish, I hope you’ve gained a new tool to add to your Swedish learning toolkit.
I discovered the site about a year ago. It’s a free online Swedish course which is a great starting point if you are completely new to Swedish. There are plenty of exercises and examples where you get to practice the grammar concepts they teach you - e.g. imperative, adjectives etc. I have found this site really useful if you want to focus specifically on grammar. I never went to SFI and have mainly used this site along with constant exposure to Swedish to get a grasp of Swedish grammar. Since I’ve never been to SFI, I have no idea on my Swedish compares to someone who has been to SFI (and has been in Sweden for a similar period of time to me), but if you also don’t have time for SFI and would like a tool to help you focus on your grammar - I highly recommend this site!
I went through a phase where I was watching a fair bit of videos in Swedish. The vloggers were Swedish and they also had Swedish subtitles. One channel my friend Janice introduced me to was Clara Henry’s channel. It really helps to both hear Swedish and read it at the same time (in case you missed a word). I found initially when I started learning Swedish and watching videos and TV shows - I was able to understand a lot more with the subtitles on, and then when I switched the subtitles off - I struggled.
If you’re looking for some tips on awesome, cool TV shows to watch in Swedish, look no further I’ve got your back (if you like food shows like me). In my first few months in Sweden I really got into Hela Sverige Bakar and Sveriges Mästerkock. This meant my food vocabulary was pretty much fluent in 3 months and I was able to walk around the supermarket with confidence and buy food without needing an app. (I could also follow recipes in Swedish fairly well).
Another show I watched was The Bachelor Sverige. Not proud of it. But it was really easy to follow. Once you’ve gotten Swedish to a basic level (roughly B1) I think you can follow food shows and reality shows with ease (or at least more easily than dramas and other stuff on TV). Just as I mentioned in the Youtube section, having subtitles really helps.
From time to time I’ve watched action-type TV shows in English with Swedish subtitles to also improve my Swedish. At least this means I know for sure that I understand everything then can take note of some Swedish words/phrases. Here are some examples of words and phrases I’ve learned from TV shows I’ve watched:
- Dra åt helvete
- Sjuk-adjective (e.g. Sjukbra)
Yes it’s bit of a random weird list, but I doubt you’ll learn this sort of stuff in Duolingo, Rosetta Stone or Learningswedish.se