Swedish Time!

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Swedish has been in my life on a daily basis for a long time.&nbsp;Not the language--the genetic material.</p>
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<img alt="Brandt. Husband." src="/assets/images/uploads/Brandt_Johnson.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 390px;" /></p>
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Brandt. Husband.</p>
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My husband, Brandt, is of Swedish descent. He looks it, no?</p>
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Swedish is a North Germanic language, as are Danish and Norwegian. I have read that there is mutual intelligibility with Norwegian and, to a lesser degree, with Danish.</p>
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I have been wanting to study Swedish for ages. I want to go to Sweden.</p>
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I haven't been to Sweden since I was one year old, and I can't say I remember much of that trip.</p>
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Since every Swedish person I meet speaks English, I don't anticipate a lot of practical use for this language, but I love the letter <em>å</em>, and being able to write words and sentences with that in them would be very exciting.&nbsp;</p>
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I have been scouting around for materials. So far I have acquired&nbsp;Routledge's enormous <em>Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar</em>, Glossika's <a href="http://www.glossika.com/shop/learnswedish/sku-ensv-f123-pkg/">Swedish Fluency Package</a>, and 30 lessons of <a href="http://www.pimsleur.com/Learn-Swedish">Pimsleur</a>.</p>
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I have four other books on the way. Pictures of those to come, but here is what I have on my shelves at this point.</p>
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<img alt="Routledge: A Swedish Heavyweight" src="/assets/images/uploads/Swedish_Comprehensive_Grammar_Routledge.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 675px;" /></p>
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Routledge: A Swedish Heavyweight</p>
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<img alt="My First Glossika Adventure!" src="/assets/images/uploads/Glossika_Swedish.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 675px;" /></p>
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My First Glossika Adventure!</p>
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In addition, I am already losing my mind with joy over <a href="http://memrise.com">Memrise</a>'s many, many Swedish vocabulary courses. I was still awake doing one at 4:30 a.m. the other day, which is really terrible from a health perspective and something I should knock off immediately.</p>
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But here's what I am noticing: the content on Memrise is so robust for Swedish, and the Germanic nature of the language renders it familiar enough to me, that I am actually making quite good progress with Memrise. Many of the units have audio, and I am completely, totally grooving on a verb course&nbsp;that is teaching me numerous present-tense conjugations along with their pronunciation. It is heaven and feels much more efficient than doing a grammar exercise and then checking the answers in the back of a book.</p>
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I don't know that you can get to the course without signing up for Memrise first, but click <a href="http://www.memrise.com/course/1940/400-swedish-verbs-in-present-tense/">... if you want to try it. It's free!</p>
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Swedish pronunciation is stocked with surprises, by the way. I look at a word on the screen. I hear it. I am shocked. Repeatedly.</p>
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<em>Jag</em> is "I" in Swedish. Now guess how to pronounce it.</p>
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Now listen to the first link <a href="http://www.forvo.com/search/jag/">here</a>.</p>
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Eek.</p>

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