Book or Movie Recommendations for Learning Swedish

Hey guys, I just started learning Swedish, but I know a little bit already. The reason I'm learning is because half of my family lives there and I'm planning on moving to Sweden in a few years.

I was just wondering if any of you have any book or movie recommendations in Swedish to help me get accustomed to the language. I'm talking about some good Swedish movies or books that aren't too hard to understand. I know of Astrid Lingren books and other children's books like that, but if you have any other suggestions, drop them down below if you want.

If not, have a good day and a Happy New Year!

Tack så mycket!

December 26, 2018


On youtube just type "ljudbok" and there are lots of audio books with text too so you can follow along.

Watch Swedish dramas such as...

"Tjockare än vatten."

"Rebecka martinsson." - This also has books.



As for movies...

"En man som heter Ove." - Book too.

"Let the right one in."

"Snabba cash"

Here are some extra resources that could help.

This is like a mini series in Swedish. It's very beginner friendly.

I like to watch Swedish youtubers like "ijustwanttobecool".

There is a family called "theswedishfamily." They have children so they talk slowly and clearly. - This is a tv channel in Sweden, you can access some of the shows. The children shows are worth a look at for beginners but there's plenty of other options.

Nyheter på lätt svenska. - The news! After completing the course here I can pretty much understand everything there.

December 27, 2018

Thank you so much! Just what I needed.

December 27, 2018

wow this was great, thank you for sharing this info!!

December 27, 2018

Wow! Thanks for all those helpful suggestions and links!

December 28, 2018

Do you know what happened to "Nyheter på lätt svenska"? I used to watch once or twice a week, but I think starting from Christmas it just points me to an old episode from June 2018 - and that's it - did they take a break or is there something wrong on my end?

January 3, 2019

They take a two week break at Christmastime. It should be back on Monday the 7th of Jan.

January 5, 2019

The "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy is really good, and it's on Netflix (:

December 27, 2018

I'd also recommend if you like video games! A ton of Swedish streamers that talk in English and Swedish! Lycka till!

December 27, 2018

A dictionary! ... Awaits applause

December 28, 2018

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

December 28, 2018

Zen. So zen. :o)

December 28, 2018

I always wonder about learning from a dicionery.... I always picture people going around having learnt lots of A words, less Bs, fewer Cs until finally hardly anyone knows any words starting with Q to Z. :o)

I intend to also start to study the dictionary, but in Swedish I find I need to learn the word in a sentence that makes practical sense.

Anyone with any practical tips on how to successfully and practically work all the way through a dictionary?

December 28, 2018

For most minds, I don’t think the brain naturally absorbs it as well as seeing the words in context. Which is why Duolingo is so great, and why as a beginner I’m tackling a Swedish novel.

December 31, 2018

I don't think you're supposed to. Just use it as a reference when you come a cross a word you don't know and cannot make sense of from its context. That's at least how I tend to use dictionaries. I often have one open in a tab of my browser.

December 29, 2018

Welcome Throfgh!

Swedish books I'd strongly recommend are: "Isprinsessan" by Camilla Läckberg and "Män som hatar kvinnor" by Stieg Larsson for more adult readers and obviously all Astrid Lingren books (like "Pippi Långstrump") but also whole series o books about Mumintrollen by Tove Jansson for younger students

As for films one of the best are "The girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and great swedish classics as "Pelle erobreren". Probably you can even find your favorite movie with swedish dubbing too :).

I hope you and your family had an amazing Christmas and that you'll have even better New Year!


December 30, 2018

I recommend watching some comedy shows, they are usually fairly easy language-wise but you will also with a little bit of time get used to more slang and "real" speech. Try "Solsidan" (series) or the cult movie "❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ Åmål" for example!

December 31, 2018

I’m working my way through the adult novel “Freja” by Johanne Hildebrandt (ebook & audio available) which has relatively straightforward language with few tricky idioms or slang words. It is Norse myth/history themed if anyone would particularly enjoy that.

December 31, 2018

Try to google lättläst books or articles that are easy read. Amazon also has books which feature parallel text in both Swedish and English.

December 26, 2018

watch the bridge sevensk och dansk

December 28, 2018

I think watching Children's shows can be good for beginners, they generally talk pretty clearly and have a limited dictionary.

Just be careful, the subtitles aren't perfectly transcribed word for word, so don't rely on them too much.

December 29, 2018
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