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*dusts* [Jul. 4th, 2015|07:40 pm]
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Deary me, completely forgot to post things again. I keep getting seduced away by Facebook. *hangs head in shame*

For now, let me ping commoncomitatus. What do you think of this?

https://lockerdome.com/tre/6170042811288129/7753419918154257?ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2

I'd be interested to know if you agree with their categorisation of Swedish :)

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From:commoncomitatus
Date:July 4th, 2015 - 07:30 pm
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Haha! I'd be inclined to agree, to an extent.

On paper, it's definitely one of the easier languages -- in the first, a lot of the words are either the same or similar to English, being that they both have Germanic roots, and by the same token so too are the basic grammatical rules (sentence structure, etc., works almost exactly the same). That said, there's some stuff that is mind-bendingly different -- there are three different versions of any given adjective, and DO NOT GET ME STARTED on bloody definitive ('the') nouns. IT IS CHAOS, I TELL YOU.

For the most part, though, yea, have to say on-paper Swedish is pretty straightforward, on the proviso that you have a pretty decent understanding of how grammar stuff works in English first.

That said, spoken Swedish is a bloody nightmare. They have NINE BLOODY VOWELS, each with at least two different pronunciations -- and pronouncing stuff right is way way way more important for comprehension than it is in English, because the same word with one or another version of the same vowel will mean two completely different things. Like, it is ridiculous.
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From:mitchy
Date:July 4th, 2015 - 08:30 pm
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Had a feeling it was something like that. How are your efforts going, btw? :)
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From:commoncomitatus
Date:July 4th, 2015 - 08:33 pm
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Pretty good! Can actually get through books without much trouble now, so just got to get my head around the talking part. School-wise, about halfway through the equivalent of A-Level, and should be finished after that! :D
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From:mitchy
Date:July 4th, 2015 - 09:03 pm
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Woo hoo! Congrats :)
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From:commoncomitatus
Date:July 4th, 2015 - 09:08 pm
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Tack så jättemycket! ;)