Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Swedish hard?

is swedish a hard language to learn?

4 Answers

  • AskAsk
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    I 'm not sure, since I am a native Swedish speaker myself, but I wouldn't think it should be too very hard. It's a Germanic language just like English, so many words are related. "Det är fint väder idag" = "It is fine weather today" - once you've started to learn it, you will see the many similarities. A tricky thing is that there are two genders apart from the natural feminine and masculine ones like "she" and "he". In English, you say "a chair", "a table" etc. In Swedish it's "en stol", "ett bord", since "stol" and "bord" have different genders. But it doesn't matter much, and besides, genders are tricky in many languages. When it comes to verbs, it might be difficult to learn the tenses, since there are so many irregular verbs, but the good thing is that you don't conjugate it differently in plural and singular. In English you say "I go, he goes", but in Swedish it's "Jag går, han går". So that is really simple.

    Pronunciation - well, there are many differences from English. But it's less irregular than English. Spoken Swedish doesn't differ as much from written Swedish as spoken English differs from written English, so once you get the hang of it I don't think that you will have too many problems either with pronouncing or spelling Swedish.

    Lycka till (Good luck)!

  • owings
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    good, no language is EASY to be trained, despite the fact that a few are less complicated than others (for audio system of any detailed language, of path). I propose you determine what you motivation is, and what your ambitions are (studying, talking, writing, listening), and the way local-such as you'd love to become. If 'cus it sounds lovely cool' is your most effective motivation, you're prone to uncover it irritating to stay with the training method. Some facets of Swedish which can be less complicated than every other non-English languages (like French / German) -- verbs don't have distinct types for every area, no subjunctive, long term, conditional tenses). two genders, does now not have accusative, dative, genitive instances (pronouns have area / item), Much of the vocabulary is involving different Germanic languages. Harder: should you wish to sound local, you ought to fear approximately vowel / consonant period, tones that differentiate or else an identical phrases (however Finnish audio system of Swedish do control with out this tonal difference). Beyond the fundamental stage, it's fairly tougher to get studying fabric. I advocate a guide / CD mixture by means of my buddy and colleague Scott Mellor, who teaches at University of Wisconsin: Beginner's Swedish two audio cds. @Tiphanie -- you cite a quantity of hours to be trained Swedish. That is for pupils on the Foreign Service Institute (facet of the State Department). These categories run 6 - eight hours an afternoon, five days per week, and the pupils are VERY influenced. Obviously others could take longer,

  • 1 decade ago

    Some of their letters are pronounced differently like the "Js" are sometimes pronounced like "Ys" and then they have different (some) alphabets like the "O"s with two dots on top and "A"s with two dots etc. It has some words too which are difficult to pronounce.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i heard it was.

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