Some questions for those further down/that have finished the tree.
Hi guys, I wanted to know some things from you guys during your Swedish tree learning process.
1) Once you had finished the tree (assuming you remembered everything on the tree), was it extremely hard to watch a movie or read the news in Swedish?
2) About when in the tree would you say I should try watching movies or listening to the news in Swedish?
3) Apart from Memrise, are there any other sites or books you recommend? Are there any places where I can watch shows aimed at toddlers/very young children?
Native here, you can watch shows on SVTPlay, go under the "Barn" category for childrens shows.
Press the big T on the bottom right of the video to enable subtitles.
I guess a lot is how much you like to push yourself, I was only about halfway to two thirds done with the tree when I bought my first book in Sweden, which I then began reading once back home. At first I was using a dictionary every couple words or so (I can read it pretty comfortably now!), but it enabled me to learn more vocab that was outside the Duo course. You can also find some Swedish news sites, a quick google search will let you find them, although my native friend recommended Aftonbladet to me.
For listening skills, I began with SVT play that has been mentioned here already, as well as Radio Sweden på lätt svenska it's useful because the woman speaks slower and clearer on purpose, and there's also what she's saying written below. I also came across some Youtubers, firstly I found Clara Henry her videos are useful as for the last year or so she's had English subtitles added to her videos, so in a way it's practice, I'm not sure what kind of video topics you're into, but even if her content isn't for you I guess for practice it's still something. When my listening improved I found IJustWantToBeCool IJustWantToBeCool2 they don't have subtitles on their videos (unless someone else has spent their own time translating the videos), so it's a way to test yourself with how much you can understand, whilst (in my opinion) watch something that's fun at the same time! There's also this website for tv shows and films that have Swedish subtitles, so if there's any shows you like I'm sure they'll be on here.
For other websites, a Duo user on here brittalexiswm made an Advance Swedish Sentences Flashcards set on Quizlet, but they may be for after you've finished the tree. There's also Clozemaster that's a website designed specifically for after you finish Duolingo.
I hope you find some of this useful, and just for context, I began my Swedish tree in early November and finished the tree around March (I think!)....and sorry for writing so much!
I recommend watching the children's shows from the beginning. Then working your way up as you feel comfortable.
For news I just started using the Omni app. The stories are short so it isn't overwhelming. But I wouldn't recommend using that in the very beginning.
Astrid Lindgren books get mentioned a lot. I bought Ronja Rövardotter. It seems easy enough without having to look too much up so far. But I just started so who knows.
From the very beginning I recommend to read and listen to news in simplified Swedish at:
8 sidor http://8sidor.se Radio Sweden på lätt svenska http://sverigesradio.se/sida/default.aspx?programid=4916 Klartex radio program: thttp://sverigesradio.se/sida/default.aspx?programid=493 Sesam https://www.sesam.nu/ (read)