Duolingo Swedish Day

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For quite a while now, people I know have been going on about how great Duolingo is. I have been told multiple times how addictive it is and how much fun and bla bla bla.</p>
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Well, that wasn't my initial experience. I dabbled in a couple of languages--German and Portuguese--and simply couldn't get what others liked about it.</p>
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<img alt="Dueling with Duolingo!" src="/assets/images/uploads/Duolingo_Swedish_Level_5.png" style="width: 900px; height: 659px;" /></p>
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It is free, so I have wondered whether that was the draw, but I think there is another explanation as well.</p>
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When I first tried Duolingo, I believe they had only four languages, all ones I had previously studied in detail. I tried Duolingo for German and Portuguese, but I had majored in German in college, and I have gone through quite a few Portuguese books and audio lessons in the past couple of years--which probably makes a product optimized for new learners harder to love.</p>
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Swedish, on the other hand, is brand new to me. Until the beginning of December, I knew nothing about it. I still know almost nothing about it. And so far I really like Duolingo for Swedish a lot!</p>
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It's colorful and pretty to look at, you get a lot of reinforcement, and there are varied activities. I translated from Swedish into English and from English into Swedish, I typed what I heard in little audio clips, I got corrected and encouraged, and I was introduced to a quite reasonable choice and amount of vocabulary that I appreciated knowing.</p>
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Okay, maybe I didn't care so much about "elk," "moose," and "reindeer," but I can see why those might be in there.</p>
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Anyway, Duolingo was a productive use of my time, so as it rained and sleeted outside my window today, I made my way through to Level 5.&nbsp;</p>
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I also spent a bunch of time late last night on <a href="http://learnwitholiver.com/swedish">Swedish-Flashcards.com</a>, which is one of Antosch &amp; Lin's substantial collection of language-learning websites. I also enjoyed that--and found the audio very clear, probably clearer than Duolingo's audio.</p>
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Now, if all you care about is reading and writing Swedish and you don't need to hear it, you can use the Swedish-Flashcards.com site for free, but I would strongly recommend paying $7.99 a month&nbsp;for the sound version. With Swedish you need sound or you could go way way astray!</p>

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