12 Oct 2014

10 reasons to learn Swedish on Duolingo

The Swedish for English speakers course is currently (as of the 12th of October) in the Duolingo incubator and 93% complete. It is estimated that it will be released on the 21st of October, this year. There are many people already excited about the release of this free course and here are ten reasons why. 





1. Pewdiepie
If you are part of the 'bro army', you can now understand what pewdie says in Swedish without looking at the subtitles. 
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2. Schengen Area
Sweden (Spain, France and Germany just to name a few) are part of the Schengen area, meaning they have abolished passport and other types of border control at their common borders. This means you can walk to Sweden from Norway or Finland without a passport. Now, that I made you want to travel to Sweden, start preparing by taking the Swedish for English speakers course.  


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3. IKEA
Learn what the IKEA labels say in Swedish.

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4. Swedish meatballs
Learn to say delicious. 


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5. Learn English's cousin
Swedish, English, Norwegian, German, Dutch and Afrikaans are a few languages classified under the Germanic language family. This means they are all related and descended from the same language. Go on a Germanic language family reunion by learning Swedish. 


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6. It sounds cool

7. Sweden is beautiful

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8. Swedish speakers can understand Norwegian and Danish
But, the problem is that if you chose to learn either one later, you will mix up some of the words. On a good note, Norwegian speakers can understand Swedish. 


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9. Free uni courses in Finland
In Finland, foreign students can take university courses in Swedish (or Finnish) for free but may need to pay if you take the same courses in English. See http://www.studyineurope.eu/tuition-fees.


Helsinki University Library
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10. VIKINGS!!!
Swedish descended from Old Norse, the language of the vikings. 


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Now, that you have ten reasons to learn Swedish go to https://www.duolingo.com/course/sv/en/Learn-Swedish-Online and sign up to be notified when the course is released. 

If you can think of more reasons to learn Swedish, please comment below. 

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