Posted by kate on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 6:11am.
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. If you already know another foreign language, it will be easier for you to learn Swedish. If you can not do "total immersion" here are the steps to learning. 1. Listen a lot. Software with the audio component is best. This is "passive" learning or as close to osmosis as you can get. You will get a feeling for the rhythm of the language. 2. Repeat what you have heard. One suggestion is to use a hand-held tape recorder. Be sure you are pronouncing everything correctly and leave a space after the target language. OF course, if you can find someone who speaks Swedish to put words/phrases on tape for you, with a space after for you to repeat after you listen, so much the better. 3. See or read the language, but when you first do this, the written word will interfere with your pronunciation. 4. The fourth and final step is to write what you have heard, repeated and seen. Again, you can use the tape for "dictation" writing in the space you left after the words/phrases.
There are programs online and software as well.
1. Rosetta Stone is a very good series, although not inexpensive.: http://www.rosettastone.com/personal/languages/swedish
2. Print Outs, labeling, dictionary: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/label/swedish.shtml
3. Picture Dictionary: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/swedish.shtml
4. Colors: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/language/swedish/label/colors/answers.shtml
5. African animals: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/language/swedish/label/africananimals/index.shtml
6. Colors: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/colors/swedish/matchingquiz.shtml
7. Dictionary: http://www.freedict.com/onldict/swe.html
8. Online site: http://www.101languages.net/swedish/
9. State Department software: (developed for diplomats) http://www.langocity.com/courses/swedish_courses.html?9gtype=search&9gkw=learn%20swedish&9gad=2307929420&gclid=CI_K_rb095gCFQxKGgod-w2amg
10. Tutorial: http://www.ielanguages.com/swedish.html
11. U-Tube video *** : http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=learn+Swedish&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=FVmlSefsLdG3twfphsHVBA&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#
12. Online: http://www.personal.psu.edu/adr10/swedish.html
There are other sites but these you can look through, saving only what looks appealing to you. For vocabulary, you could "label" things in your house for TPR (total physical response. For example: label "the chair" with "stol." Now when you SEE it, SIT in it, say and think "stol" until physically you associate "stol" with the object, rather than "chair."
For fun listening, I'm looking for the songs I have. My Dad used to sing them to me but of course, I've forgotten now! I'll try to find my cousin singing it, SOMEwhere on my computer!
P.S. some Swedish children's songs:
Just select a title: Mandag, Tisdag = for the days of the week
2. songs, words, midi files: http://www.rfod.se/folklink/index.asp?lang=en&cat=tunes-lyrics
3. My iTunes with Lars singing would not connect, but here's a fun Midsummer Night's (sort of "dancing around the May pole" "Little Frog" song you can watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uuaHoBb9QU
sorry the other links would not print, but this one will get you started.
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