Learning Swedish

Learning Swedish: Week 43

This was my first week of studying Swedish at the SFI course. Although it looks like I’ve spent a considerable amount of hours learning the language, I’m in two minds with my progress.

Firstly, the class that I’m currently in is dead easy. I’ve asked if I can move and the teachers said that they will keep an eye on me and move me to an appropriate class if need be.

Secondly, I don’t know how I feel about a classroom setting, at times I feel that it is an outdated system, I feel that I’ve learned more by myself and did it at a faster rate.

I’m going to monitor my progress in this course and see if it’s worth doing. Perhaps, I will still study Swedish using my own methods at the same time.

Studying Time - 10 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Studying Swedish at SFI

What Did I Struggle With?

Patience. The class that I’m in is too easy, I need to see if I move up another level.

A Goal For Next Week.

Study Swedish outside of SFI classes.

Learning Swedish: Week 42

Consistency is important for learning any skill, but for some reason I had forgotten that. This week I told myself that I need to get back to being consistent with my studies, even 30 minutes of deliberate practice is worth it.

I vowed myself to get back to studying even if I don’t feel motivated enough. I’m always reminded by the quote,

"If I skip practice for one day, I notice. If I skip practice for two days, my wife notices. If I skip for three days, the world notices."

- Vladimir Horrowitz

Studying Time - 4 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Trying to not break the chain. Even if I didn’t feel motivated to study - which I have been feeling lately - I told myself I need to stay consistent.

What Did I Struggle With?

At the beginning of the week I had lost motivation to do anything, I took some time out to reflect and decide on what to do next. I’m going to try my best to remain as consistent as possible no matter what is thrown my way.

A Goal For Next Week.

Not break the chain, I must study for a minimum of 30 minutes everyday.

Learning Swedish: Week 40

Not too happy with my progress this week, I didn’t get to spend much time on my studies. I managed to sign up to SFI (free course to learn Swedish), hopefully, this will help me stay more committed to my studies. Apparently, each class last for 3 hours and I have to commit to at least 3 classes a week. This should help boost my studying hours and help me become fluent in Swedish.

Studying Time - 3.5 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Just watching SVT programmes again. I didn’t really get a chance to work on my writing and speaking skills.

What Did I Struggle With?

Committing to more time with my studies

A Goal For Next Week.

To speak and write more.

Learning Swedish: Week 39

I’m happy with my progress, I was able to consistently study Swedish this week. The majority of it was by watching Swedish programmes. I would alternate between Swedish talking programmes with Swedish subtitles and English talking programmes with Swedish subtitles.

At time I couldn’t keep up with listening to the Swedish talking programmes, but I believe it’s good for me to hear the ‘flow’ of a native speaking.

I need to keep up my writing skill, as well conversing with natives. I’ll prioritise this for next week.

Studying Time - 6 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Watching Swedish programmes.

What Did I Struggle With?

Listening to a native talk at a normal pace.

A Goal For Next Week.

Practice my Swedish writing element.

Learning Swedish: Week 38

This week wasn’t my best. I’m not making any excuses, but I couldn’t find the time to study Swedish. I guess it show where my priorities are. Next week I need to bring my number of hours for studying Swedish back up to at least 7 hours.

I’m hoping to apply to SFI next week, this should hopefully help me to commit more hours to learning a new language.

Studying Time - 3.5 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

I started watching a Swedish comedy skit show. It was cheesy, but I found myself laughing at times, which meant at times I understood what was going on.

What Did I Struggle With?

Prioritising time to study. It was a poor effort on my end, I need to bring the number of studying hours back up.

A Goal For Next Week.

To study at least 7 hours next week!

Learning Swedish: Week 37

Now that I’ve finally settled into my new apartment I’ve been able to priorities learning Swedish again. As I’m living in Sweden I can finally access SVTplay.se without any restrictions, watching Swedish programmes is another tool I’m using to help me learn the language.

I’ve been experimenting with watching English shows with Swedish subtitles, as well the other way round. I think it’s important to listen to the speed of a native speaking.

Studying Time - 5.5 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Watching Swedish programmes.

What Did I Struggle With?

Understanding a native person speak at a normal pace.

A Goal For Next Week.

Try to converse more with a native speaker.

Learning Swedish: Week 36

This week has been a tough week trying to fit in time for learning. I have recently moved to a new apartment and I decided that it was important for me to settle in before I went back to focusing on studying Swedish. That meant moving boxes, building shelves, and moving furniture around. Now that I’ve got the majority out the way, I can start studying Swedish again.

Studying Time - 0 Hours

What Did I Work On?

Absolutely nothing!

What Did I Struggle With?

Dedicating time to learning.

A Goal For Next Week.

Dedicate at least 7 hours of learning for the entire week.

Learning Swedish: Week 35

Week 35

Now that I have moved to Sweden, I vowed to myself that whenever I’m out and about I will only use Swedish to communicate. This has led to many embarrassing moments where I had to ask the person serving me to talk more slowly. I know by doing this, it’ll help speed up my learning and get over the fear of looking like an idiot in front of people.

Studying Time - 4.5 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Reading Harry Potter out loud with a Swedish native correcting me as I go. The immediate feedback is great!

What Did I Struggle With?

The ‘flow’ of speaking Swedish. There is definitely a rhythm to speaking Swedish, I can tell that I don’t have it… yet.

A Goal For Next Week.

To keep on reading Harry Potter out loud with a Swedish native next to me.

Learning Swedish: Week 34

Week 34

After deciding to move to Sweden I realised that it was important for me to speak the language in order for me to fully integrate myself into community. After surprising my girlfriend that I could speak her language, I had let this skill go. I’m a little rusty so I want to dedicate some time working on my Swedish again. The great thing is, is that I’m not starting from 0.

Studying Time - 4.5 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

Going through my old notes and revising the 1000 most common words used in Swedish.

What Did I Struggle With?

Time. I need to dedicate more time practicing Swedish. Otherwise, I won’t improve.

A Goal For Next Week.

To start writing in Swedish again.

Learning Swedish: Week 22

Week 22

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

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Studying Time - 8 Hours

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What Did I Work On?

An infographic that depicts my journey of learning Swedish, I noticed some interesting patterns regarding my studying time.

What Did I Learn?

According to the infographic, Monday's & Sunday's are my most productive days of studying.

Useful Article.

An article that outlines how to learn any skill in 10 steps.

 

Learning Swedish: Week 21

Week 21

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

Managed to bring this back up!

Managed to bring this back up!

Studying Time: 9 Hours

What Did I Work On?

Focused on writing in Swedish and getting it corrected by a native.

So many red marks!

So many red marks!

If you missed it.

A video update on my Swedish so far.

What Did I Struggle With?

Being patient with the learning process.

A Goal For Next Week.

Finish the infographic of Learning Swedish.

Useful Article.

"Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success."

An article that talks about personal growth.

 

Learning Swedish: Week 20

Week 20

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

I want to say this is my first 'F'?!

I want to say this is my first 'F'?!

Studying Time - 3 Hours.

What Did I Work On?

I focused on writing in Swedish and getting feedback from a native. Seeing where I have gone wrong has helped me understand grammar more effectively.

Video Updates

I thought I'd film an update video of my Swedish progress. Who better to critique me on my Swedish than my girlfriend who I surprised a few months ago.

What Did I Struggle With?

Finding time to study. With my sister's wedding and girlfriend visiting from Sweden, I found it difficult to find some time to dedicate a couple of hours of the day to study Swedish.

A Goal For Next Week.

Buy a little notebook that will be dedicated for every Swedish entry.

Useful Article.

A 32-minute read on how to learn any language fast. I found some useful tips from this article.

Learning Swedish: Week 19

Week 19

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

Not bad, I thought it'll be worse.

Not bad, I thought it'll be worse.

Studying Time - 5.5 hours

What Did I Work On?

Increasing my vocabulary database by listening to an audiobook that I recently purchased.

What Did I Struggle With?

Again, dedicating enough time to deep practice. 

A Goal For Next Week.

Finish the Swedish Update video.

Useful Article.

A great article about feedback loops. Although this centres around business and relationships you can apply this to your learning as well. 

Further Thoughts.

Every evening I hope to write about what I did during the day and get my girlfriend (who speaks Swedish) to critique me. I've done this quite a few times now and it's been most helpful.

 

Learning Swedish: Week 18

Week 18

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

Still out in Sweden. I'm happy that I managed to get any deep practice at all!

Still out in Sweden. I'm happy that I managed to get any deep practice at all!

Studying Time - 4.5 hours

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What Did I Work On?

Reading Harry Potter: The Philosophers Stone in Swedish.

What Did I Struggle With?

Dedicating 2 hours a day to study.

A Goal For Next Week.

Record a video of my Swedish progress. 

Useful Article.

An interesting article that puts more importance on listening to speaking, when learning another language. Link.

Further Thoughts.

Going to try and spend more time listening and reading the Swedish language. Reading Harry Potter and listening to a few podcasts and audiobooks should do the trick.

 

Learning Swedish: Week 17

Week 17

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

Not the best grade, but I'm in Sweden using the language!

Not the best grade, but I'm in Sweden using the language!

Studying Time.

Monday - 0 hours
Tuesday - 0 hours
Wednesday - 0.5 hours
Thursday - 0.5 hours
Friday - 0 hours
Saturday - 0 hours
Sunday - 0 hours

Total Time: 1 hour

What Did I Work On Last Week?

Even though I hardly committed to deep practice this week I bumped up my grade because I've been conversing in Swedish far more often than usual. I've even been ordering food in Swedish too! I made a few mistakes, but I've been doing pretty well with everyday situations.

What Do I Need To Work On Next Week?

Record my current progress.

Further Thoughts.

I've surprised myself with how far I've come in Swedish. Although I'm still not at the standard that I want to be, everyone around me is really impressed with my current progress. This positive feedback has reassured me that I'm on the right track. I too can see my progress, I'm more confident talking Swedish and I'm able to get by with a few different conversations.

Learning Swedish: Week 16

Week 16

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

I've been hovering around the D mark for quite a while now, I really need to dedicate more time for my studying time.

I've been hovering around the D mark for quite a while now, I really need to dedicate more time for my studying time.

Studying Time.

Monday - 1 hour
Tuesday - 0.5 hours
Wednesday - 1 hour
Thursday - 1 hour
Friday - 0.5 hours
Saturday - 0.5 hours
Sunday - 1 hour

Total Time: 5.5 hours

What Did I Work On Last Week?

Similar to the week before; I spent the majority of my time working on the Anki flashcards. I can tell that I'm definitely getting more confident with the majority of words now. Also, I finally finished the Toy Story series with Swedish subtitles! 

Not sure if the subtitles are correct, but I can kinda read this. I guess that's progress?

Not sure if the subtitles are correct, but I can kinda read this. I guess that's progress?

What Do I Need To Work On Next Week?

I'll be spending the next two weeks in Sweden. I need to try and use the language more, as well as record a video with my current progress.

Further Thoughts.

I'm feeling quite deflated with my progress so far. I know I've come a long way, but I'm not where I want to be. I only have myself to blame, committing to 5-7 hours a week of deep practice isn't going to get me to hit my target. I need to dedicate more time to my craft!

Learning Swedish: Week 15

Week 15

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

I've managed to bring it up from last week, but I need to dedicate more time still.

I've managed to bring it up from last week, but I need to dedicate more time still.

Studying Time.

Monday - 1 hours
Tuesday - 0.5 hours
Wednesday - 1 hour
Thursday - 1.5 hours
Friday - 1 hours
Saturday - 0 hours
Sunday - 2 hours

Total Time: 7 hours

What Did I Work On Last Week?

Spent the majority of my time working on Anki flashcards. I feel it's one of the most effective ways of learning another language.

What Do I Need To Work On Next Week?

Continue learning new words & sentences via flashcards. Also, I've yet to finish Toy Story 3 with Swedish subtitles. It'll probably be best to finish it off and move on to the next film.

Further Thoughts.

I'm slowly progressing, but I'm frustrated with the current pace that I'm on. My girlfriend constantly reminds me that I've picked up another language at a faster rate than her family members. She said that where I am after 6 months of studying Swedish, it took her auntie a year and a half. That's nice to hear, but I still want to increase my rate of learning. Or am I being too impatient?

Learning Swedish: Week 14

Week 14

A - 12 hours, B - 10 hours, C - 8 hours, D - 6 hours, E - 4 hours, F - 2 hours

Need to bring this back up!

Need to bring this back up!

Studying Time.

Monday - 0 hours
Tuesday - 0.5 hours
Wednesday - 1 hour
Thursday - 0 hours
Friday - 1 hours
Saturday - 0 hours
Sunday - 2 hours

Total Time: 4.5 hours

What Did I Work On Last Week?

Working on sentence mining on Anki.

What Do I Need To Work On Next Week?

Continue working on sentence mining.

Further Thoughts.

I believe sentence mining is a great way to give the illusion that I'm fluent in a language. I'm going to keep this up and see how far I'll improve.

Swedish: Week 13

Week 13

Hardly studied, but used it on a daily basis.

Hardly studied, but used it on a daily basis.

Studying Time.

Monday - 1 hours
Tuesday - 0.5 hours
Wednesday - 0.5 hours
Thursday - 0 hours
Friday - 0 hours
Saturday - 0 hours
Sunday - 0 hours

Total Time: 2 hours

What I Did Last Week?

Visiting my girlfriend in Sweden for the whole week, I found it difficult to dedicate time to my studies. My only saving grace was that I was using the language in everyday conversations with my girlfriend and her family.

What I Need To Work On Next Week?

Anki. Need to work on the different decks that I have programmed in.

Further Thoughts.

I need to bring this F back up to an A!

Swedish: Week 12

Week 12

Currently in Sweden which means I'm using the language more, but it's not considered as deep practice.

Currently in Sweden which means I'm using the language more, but it's not considered as deep practice.

Studying Time.

Monday - 1.5 hours
Tuesday - 0.5 hours
Wednesday - 0.5 hours
Thursday - 1 hour
Friday - 0.5 hours
Saturday - 0 hours
Sunday - 0.5 hours

Total Time: 4.5 hours

 

What I've been using recently.

I arrived in Sweden 2 days ago and I've been communicating with Swedish a lot more. I've seen a noticeable difference, but I'm still not in the level of B1 fluency. Slowly but surely!

What I Need To Work On Next Week.

I need to make the most of being in Sweden and constantly use the language. That includes talking to the family, shopping and ordering food at restaurants. I need to make sure that I still spend time sitting down and studying the language. A casual conversation in Swedish doesn't count as deep practice.

Further Thoughts.

Whilst visiting my girlfriend in Sweden I do notice a drop in my productivity level with learning Swedish, I need to be attentive to this and make sure that I spend enough time on my studies. It's hard to balance the two, but I need to make sure that I don't get caught up in the moment and be lazy.