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is fine (or even preferable) if it is very conservative and doesn't skimp on specialist terminology (provided it's not outdated).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!
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)
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.
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.
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 ;).
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.