Sunday, 22 July 2012
swedish diary #1
Seen as I'm spending my summer trying to learn some Swedish, I thought I'd start keeping a bit of a record of it. If you know me, you'll know that languages fascinate me. I ordered an actual textbook to work from this afternoon, so hopefully I'll be able to structure it better soon, but for now I'm pretty content with how I'm doing things.
For the actual vocabulary, I'm using my Byki Swedish app. It costs £5.49 from the iTunes app store, but you get a fair amount of vocab (here's a tip - make sure you go into 'downloads' and download the rest of the vocab that you've paid for).
So far, I've completed 15 of the vocab lists provided by the app, plus a couple of extra sets of vocab that I compiled myself (food and colours). So far, one of my main problems is putting 'det' in the wrong part of sentences. Another is forgetting to put accents on letters. I usually remember 'å' but other accents are usually forgotten unless the pronunciation of the word is completely clear in my head and I'm aware that there must be an accent on certain letters.
I gave myself a massive vocab test this week (it was out of 189, eek!) and got 81%, which I was happy with. I mainly got things wrong if I hadn't really understood them at the time that I covered them (i.e. lots of phrases along the same theme - ''your *blank* is *blank*) and I wasn't great at colours either.
I'm hoping that when the book I ordered arrives, I can properly look into grammar. I have my 201 Swedish Verbs book (tack så mycket, Sophie) but it's literally just that, so I'd like to figure out some of the rules before I start using the book. I know from studying Spanish that grammar is usually the barrier that holds you back from progressing as much as you'd like, so I'm going to spend some time figuring the grammar out when I can.
Overall, I'm really enjoying being able to see that I've made actual progress. When I've tried to learn in the past, it's never been something I was able to really stick at and continue with, so I'm happy with the fact that I've got the time to make sure it gets done at the moment.
Are you learning Swedish or any other languages at the moment? Share your experiences below!
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Posted by Rachel at 07:24