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Advice about Swedish!

What are the chances of becomming fluent?

post 18.Mar.2013, 07:11 PM
Post #16
Joined: 5.Jul.2012

One of the biggest problems is getting the word order right. It is easier if you have had courses in Swedish, but not everyone has had that opportunity. The main thing is to 'get out there and talk' and not worrying too much about it all being correct. Be prepared to make mistakes, and to laugh at them. That way you not only learn, but people will like you all the more for it, and even help you out.
One of the things I used to say - until corrected - was about 'diska kopporna', until a workmate pointed out with a laugh that I didn't wash up the spots. Sometimes you learn the hard way.
Even after over fifty years here I am still taken for a Brit who speaks Swedish with an accent. But who cares? You get understood, and can enjoy a conversation in Swedish no matter what. I never actually learned the grammar, but picked it up as I went along. It was a hard way, but in the main it worked. One thing I read - Kalle Anka! Quite a help in fact! You may not be 100% fluent, but you can be fluid !

Take heart, and don't be afraid to speak up. It gets better as you go along - that is until failing hearing makes life harder once again.

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post 18.Mar.2013, 07:52 PM
Post #17
Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 18.Jul.2012

I have only been here for 25 years and i only speak Swedish in my daily life but i am not fluent and never wil be. I always have my English in the back of my head and sound like a Brit. As you said who cares
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post 18.Mar.2013, 09:08 PM
Post #18
Joined: 9.Jul.2006

I've been here for 2 years and find that when I'm drunk I'm pretty much fluent and can understand the Swedish spoken around me. I'm only at the end of SFI, so I suspect there may be an element of self-delusion in there. But it's easy enough to pick up so that you can get what you want in shops, ask questions and understand most of the answers.
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post 19.Mar.2013, 09:52 AM
Post #19
Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

Much depends on you age and motivation to learn - much easier to lapse into English as a Brit

I am also from London and I am pretty fluent - I can attend University lectures in Swedish and work in a Swedish speaking work environment - I would say that my writing skills are not 100% fluent - for example if I had to write a report for the government I would need to pay a language checker

However I have a couple of factors that made in harder
- I was older - 40 when I took gymnasiet Swedish - although there was a 70 year old from Germany who also passed
- we do not speak Swedish at home as my OH is not a native Swede and I wanted the kids to be fluent in English/swedish

So I would say go for it - but expect it to take 2-5 years depending on
- age
- educational background
- language learning ability
- motivation
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post 19.Mar.2013, 08:43 PM
Post #20
Joined: 5.Jul.2012

No matter what, I don't doubt that your Swedish will eventually be better than the English here:-


I give it to you for a little - either inspiration or consolation depending upon how you feel.

I have a book of this sort of thing, too, which I get out from time to time for a little light relief.
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