Spending more time on studying Swedish, which feels great through a few fits of frustration. Which is expected but still makes me… “AGGHH” from time to time.
What other ways are there to study a new language without the exercises, repetition, memorization? Letting the language seep into your surroundings and subconscious through your everyday interactions. Yes, that is easier if you move to the country (as I have), and interacting, but there are other ways.
- Radio. I usually have the radio on in the background when I am home and not studying, not for the music (Which is mostly English, songs I know and love), but to always hear Swedish throughout the day, listening to the pitch and tone, the speed and nuances. Of course actually understanding what they are saying is difficult because there is a lack of context.
- Television/Movies. A great way to learn another language is to watch T.V in that language, with subtitles in that language or your native tongue. Or do the reversed, watch T.V in English with the Swedish subtitles, and never stop reading, constantly figuring out each word from the context. This is also a great way to pick up on less formal language and all the slang and curses. The same goes for movies. Unfortunately, this option is limited for me at the moment as we don’t have cable right now, but that is the number one reason we are getting it hooked up.
- Music. One of my favorite ways to absorb my new language is through music. I love to listen to Swedish music, even without knowing the language there is more context in a song than you realize. However, I do prefer to have the lyrics in Swedish and English in front of me as I listen and follow along, on repeat. Eventually you are singing lyrics you don’t know the meaning of, which is a step in the right direction. For example, I often read along to this page when listening to one of the artists I’m familiar with.
- Reading. If you are an avid reader and have a favorite book that you know inside and out, get the book in a different language. See what you can translate and identify by comparison. It will be difficult, but you know the story, you are simply filling in the blanks.
- Audio book. I’ve never used an audio book, but I probably should. It is supposed to be a great way of learning and studying. An approach I’ve never taken, but I will try eventually.
Here are two videos of Swedish songs with both English and Swedish lyrics to follow along – Enjoy & tell me what you think!