https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nerdator

Tree's over; what's next?

So, after 110 days, I'm done with the Swedish tree; while I realise that more than enough praise has been given to this course, I must say that this is the best Duo course I have taken, and it was completely unsurprising to see it graduate from beta so quickly! Kudos on the profuse grammatical (hoping to see those 'coming soon' go, though) notes and the cultural references. Swedish Tiger must be happy now!

But now I'm looking for what to do next, and I wonder if you could give me any book suggestions. Currently, I need to find two kinds of things:

1) Some sort of a grammar textbook. It should be suitable for self-study, and have tasks with answers. It is fine (or even preferable) if it is very conservative and doesn't skimp on specialist terminology (provided it's not outdated).

2) Adapted books or, better, short books written specifically for students. I'll look into any suggestions, but crime/detective stories would be particularly welcome (but no children's books, please!)

These are pretty much the things I did in German after I graduated from the German Duo course, and they proved to be quite successful, so it'd make sense to do the same with Swedish!

Thanks!

March 7, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValiantCashew

I don't know of books that fit your criteria, but I know of steps that helped me become actually semi-fluent after finishing my own tree. I mean to address the question of "What's next?" mostly.

1) Join the Swedish FB Group for help and an immersive experience

2) Read KlarText for the news in simple Swedish, which will still push you and help you learn

3) Watch Swedish videos on youtube, listen to swedish news being spoken, and keep your tree 100 % gold every day (this will help)

4)Use Quizlet

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nerdator

This is mostly not really what I'm looking for, but KlarText looks like something that I'll look into.

I'm asking for adapted books, because I want to boost my passive vocabulary without getting tortured too much with colloquialisms or specialist or highly idiomatic language. KlarText seems to be a decent substitute.

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValiantCashew

Definitely. I'm also looking for texts to read myself, if I could find regular books to read, I'd recommend them. I'm not looking for instructional texts, personally, though.

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Torsby

For Grammar I recommand Hellström's Första Övningboken i Svenska Grammatik :). It's for self-study, has lot of excersises and explanation and an answer key :). You can order it from Sweden at bokus.com. Probably amazon has it too. Otherwise I am sure you'll find other ways to get it ;).

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nerdator

Thanks! This looks exactly like the kind of thing I'm looking for my grammar (the creators of the Swedish course here do make an admirable effort of explaining things, but I still want something more focussed).

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbraxunsIllusion

Immersion's always fun.

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/louis.vang

Swedish course doesn t have immersion.

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sjodni

YET!

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pbatkinson

Is this a hint or wishful thinking? ;)

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sjodni

wishful thinking

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EriktheSwede

I really want a name like yours, A Swedish sounding name, With a J. I wish I could make my name yours, however, I will not, because 1. That is Copywright, and 2. It is not respectful to copy. I really want a name change similiar to yours. Any Ideas? Tack!

March 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-..--..-.-.-.-

Yeah there is not a lot of use for it because most swedes can speak english and not a lot of content that is in swedish is unavailable in english.

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nerdator

Apart from the fact that there's no immersion, I think immersion should be a place for people whose command of the language is a bit higher than that of a Duo course graduate (and I am saying this as someone who translated a lot in immersion in the past).

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrkChievous

Well... I'm a Swedish native, and only reached level 11 in Swedish (too many shortcuts I guess). I'd do some translation for the fun of it, and to level up. Also because I'd like to integrate a part of translation into my daily work, and the immersion seems to be a great exercise.

April 15, 2015
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