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Klartext news podcast

There's a great resource for Swedish offered by Sveriges Radio P4: Klartext (http://sverigesradio.se/sida/default.aspx?programid=493). I've used it for a while now, and I thought I'd share :-)

It's a daily ten-minute news podcast in simple and relatively slow Swedish, and it's fairly easy to get at least a general idea of what's going on. Some of the segments have full transcripts so you can also read along while you listen. You get different speakers, as well as authentic audio from interviews and such.

I've found it very useful for practicing overall listening comprehension. With Duolingo you learn to pay very close attention to every word of a sentence; with Klartext it's more about getting the gist of a longer conversation or report. I think it's a good additional resource to use - it's pretty much an audio-based immersion.

Where Klartext is great is that it's part of the Swedish government's effort to make it simpler to learn Swedish. It's not often that you get official language learning resources where you can actually see the time and effort (and money) invested pay off.

January 1, 2015



In a similar category I recommend 8sidor ( http://8sidor.se ), a newspaper written in simple swedish. They also have a native speaker read out the news the following day. You can read, and listen to all the archives -- great for all the vacation days we have now :)


Thanks for the link. I will have a look at it. I am about halfway through the Swedish tree but understanding spoken Swedish is still very difficult for me. So this sounds like a good excercise. :)


This is a wonderful resource thank you!


It's great indeed! Tack!


What a great idea!! My written Swedish is very good, but I still struggle with understanding (it is probably more to do with me panicking than ability, but there you go!). I will take a look at this later!

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