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Swedish books/literatue

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I've been learning Swedish for a long time now, and finished the tree at the start of this year (just doing strengthen exercises now).

I'd really like to buy a book or something in Swedish to help apply my newly acquired language skills. Do you have any recommendations, and if so, which sites can I use to buy these books? (I'm living in the UK)

Thanks!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti
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This publisher specializes in books that are easy to read. http://lattlast.se/ll-forlaget

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.Storr.
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Amazon is a good choice if you're not that picky about your (e-)books. It's easy to handle and they offer more and more Swedish books lately.

I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series and 'En man som heter Ove' (though this one was really sad). Probably it's best to start with a book you already know what it is about. That simplifies things a lot. :)

2 years ago

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Any idea, where I could get the Harry Potter Swedish series hardcopy? I'm not too into e-books, but could certainly deal with it if there was no where else

EDIT: Never mind, seem to have found them on Bokus as suggested by Platta2, bit pricey thought, might settle for the ebooks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.Storr.
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I absolutely understand what you mean with 'not too into e-books'. I refused them for quite a while but meanwhile I start to appreciate them especially with foreign books as they are quite handy. It's so easy to mark (and unmark) interesting words and phrases for later research.

2 years ago

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Hi, Dazkins. I used the website Bokus to order several books; there was no problem getting them delivered to Spain, so I imagine it would be equally easy to get them sent to the UK. Just last week, I finished reading my first Swedish-language novel, Låt den rätte komma in. After everything that Duo teaches us, it was really easy to understand. It's a very famous book, and there are also two films based on it (one Swedish, one American). Not only was it a captivating book, but reading it in the original language made it even better. I definitely recommend "Let the Right One In" and hope you like it as much as I did.

2 years ago

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Did you read the book having only/mainly studied the course here at Duolingo?

2 years ago

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Yeah, Duolingo had been my only point of contact with Swedish up until I ordered some books from bokus. The first 30ish pages were tough because I felt like I spent half the time looking up words, but then the story gets so intense that looking up new words changes from being a chore to a joy, even a necessity, and I remembered the vocabulary much better. I seriously recommend that book! Many scenes are far creepier than in the film(s). Now I'm on to Nu Vill Jag Sjunga Dig Milder Sånger; hopefully it gets more interesting soon.

Funnily enough, I read your comment just after taking a picture of the ikurriña billowing in the wind:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crush
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Wow, that's great. I've read that the Swedish course is one of the better Duolingo courses and so far it seems to be true (i'm only about a third of the way down the tree).

I hadn't heard of the book/film, i'll have to check it out/try to pick up a copy for when i get through the tree. I was thinking something like Harry Potter might be easier to get through. Thanks for recommending it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crush
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There's also: http://learn-to-read-foreign-languages.com/

It has books with interlinear translations (translated by a person and not a machine to fit the context) for quite a few languages, including Swedish. It's perfect for picking up new vocabulary and structures, i read the first few stories in the "Svenska Noveller" book after only a few lessons here at Duolingo.

2 years ago

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I think there's a comic named "Moomin Troll" by a Swedish woman named Tove Jansen. I've heard it's quite good.

Har en brå dag!

2 years ago

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Tove Jansson was a Finland Swede.

2 years ago

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There is not only a comic but the whole book series (I suppose there were seven books). Tove Jansson was a Finland Swede and she wrote also in Swedish.

2 years ago

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If you want to read Swedish books but want a challenge, then you can read books by Vilhelm Moberg, since the dialogues in his books is written in dialects (småländska to be specific).

2 years ago