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Swedish Books

Hello there :) I've finished almost half of the courses here. When I'm done I wanted to start a book on swedish with a dictionary on my side (helped me big time with English). I thought about Harry Potter since it's starts kinda childish and gets more mature over the books but I'm kinda afraid of all those names from the magic world. Do you think that's a good choice for it or do you guys have other good suggestions for a book?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Vegnio
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Usually my first book in a foreign language is « le petit prince » because it is one of my favourite books, I know it well and it is a book for both: childern and adults.

I think you may try with another book you know well...

Good luck!

2 years ago

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I personally wouldn't advise you to begin with such a book as HP; you're going to be frustrated VERY fast. Duolingo is a great tool but unfortunately it doesn't give you enough grammar/vocab to tackle the "serious stuff" such as novels, etc. You could try investing in a Teach Yourself / Colloquial type of book/course and complete it; then if I were you I'd try my luck with an article about a topic that is of interest to you (just try Google News Sverige). As you make your way through more and more written text (it gets easier with time) you should theoretically be able to read a "light" book or something like stories for children. And don't forget to practice your oral skills too.

2 years ago

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I actually think the HP books are a great choice if you already know them fairly well. The course covers all essential grammatical categories in Swedish so that's not a big problem. Vocab is another story altogether, it takes a lot of time to build it, but that's the beauty of reading a book where you know the story. The magic words won't be a problem because they're mostly translated pretty literally into Swedish, and most of the names are unchanged, so that won't hurt you. The Swedish translation isn't perfect, you'll generally see quite a lot of anglicisms in translations from English, because English is a language that permeates our society to such a high degree and the languages are so similar in the first place. So if you do read it, don't pore over it too deeply – read it quickly to get the feel of the language, don't bother to understand every sentence or even every paragraph. This way you'll build up experience with the language and increase your vocabulary in the long run. If you intend to study a text very closely, like, if you're the kind of person who likes to learn whole passages by heart, pick a Swedish original, not a translation.

Most importantly I'd say though: read something that will amuse you. If you have any kind of guilty pleasure reading, that's a perfect choice. Generally non fiction is easier to read in a foreign language than fiction (because the content is more predictable), but having read a book before is a big help.

2 years ago

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As Arnauti said, if you know the story it is a great choice to start with.

It was my first choice and it was the right thing to do. The first pages were quite hard as I was concentrating too much on words and grammar, but after a while I got bored with that and just read without thinking and that was were the fun came in. :)

Another advantage is that there are also well read audiobooks, so you can take it one step further someday.

2 years ago

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Thanks all for the feedback :) Like I said in the opening post it's how I did it for English too. Just if I don't understand a sentence I pause to reread and try to get it from the context. Or if there are new words.

I'm really looking forward reading my first book in Swedish :)

2 years ago