Learn Swedish with The Pimsleur Method

Speak Swedish like a native!

It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken by about 10 million people, primarily in Sweden and parts of Finland. Pimsleur's Swedish teaches the standard Swedish, called Rikssvenska, which evolved from the dialects spoken around Stockholm. Learn Swedish today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurSwedish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • It works (20)
  • Portable (17)
  • Perfects accent (11)
  • Fun (10)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • No writing component (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Family background/heritage (13)
  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Fun (10)
  • Business/work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (13), Business person (5), Student (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a way to learn a language!

I bought this comprehensive Swedish set because I want to continue to improve my Swedish. I have family in Sweden and learned a little Swedish as a kid. As an adult, I've taught...Read complete review

I bought this comprehensive Swedish set because I want to continue to improve my Swedish. I have family in Sweden and learned a little Swedish as a kid. As an adult, I've taught myself through books, tapes and computer programs and consider myself somewhat conversational, but limited to certain subjects. This method is BY FAR the best way for me to learn a language. I use it when I am driving in my car. I can tell that my brain is making connections and I am able to create new sentences when prompted to think about how I would say something that the lesson has not yet gone over. The constant review of vocabulary is so valuable. Even in unit #1 I learned a few words that I did not know. My grammar is also improving. I also like that when you learn words, you understand exactly what you are saying. Some programs have you memorize a sentence without really knowing what it exactly translates into. That's just memorizing. Pimsleur is understanding and making the right connections. I find that with using it in the car, I am more motivated rather than getting on the computer to learn. I work on a computer during the day for work. What's not so great? The only thing for me is I wish it moved a bit faster, but I truly believe that the pace the lessons go at are due to how the brain learns best. This product is perfect for beginners too. I'm anxious to let my family members learn from it too. I plan to learn other languages with this method as well. I've already started with the first eight lessons of Japanese.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A bit disappointed

I bought this after my excellent experience with the Farsi Pimsleur course. I have gone through half of the lessons and am not as happy with it as I was with the Farsi course....Read complete review

I bought this after my excellent experience with the Farsi Pimsleur course. I have gone through half of the lessons and am not as happy with it as I was with the Farsi course.

There is a lack of enunciation in the later courses which makes it very difficult to understand what the teachers are saying. I understand that the Swedish language is very fast paced, but I think it would be better to spend some time on enunciation for us beginners.

If I did not have someone I know that speaks Swedish, whom I use to check my pronunciation, I would call this course very ineffective as that person has said repeatedly that my pronunciation is off.

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5.0

Excellent! Swedish - iPhone App

By Cassie

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Great For Commuting
  • It Works
  • Perfect Amount Of Time
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

My grandpa speaks Swedish, so I finally decided to take the plunge and learn it so we could converse for fun. After researching different programs I opted for Pimsleur, and I am so happy that I did! I use the Swedish iPhone application while I am commuting to work each morning and it is absolutely wonderful! I feel like I am finally utilizing my commute time wisely. The Pimsleur application works perfectly, and I can Bluetooth the lesson directly into the speakers of my car. Each lesson is a maximum of 30 minutes long, which is the perfect length of time for my brain to take in. At about 27 minutes I seem to start loosing my focus, and most lessons are 26-29 minutes long.

before purchasing I was a bit concerned about the use of the application, and if it would work well or not. The app is very simple to use, and very practical. I have not encountered any bugs with it yet. I simply open the app, select my lesson for that day, and play it. That's it!

The approach for these lessons is very clear and simple:
1) Do only 1 lesson per day. You can do a lesson multiple times in one day, but only do 1 maximum.
2) Speak out loud to yourself in a normal speaking voice (even if other drivers might think you're crazy, maybe they should try it too!)
3) Follow the Pimsleur course outline exactly. AKA don't read on your own, or try new methods. This could confuse you and hinder your learning.

I learned Spanish in the typical classroom setting in the past, and I have to say that I think I'm getting much more out of this method, than I ever did that!

I don't have a bad thing to say about this program. I take several lessons back to my Grandpa, who lived in Sweden for a few years, and he thinks they sound excellent! I can't wait to travel to Sweden and put my new skills to use!

 
5.0

Needed to learn for my Mom

By Erik

from Chicago

Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Used this to learn basic Swedish as my mother got older and revered back to her native language

 
5.0

I'm ready for Swedish Phase 2.

By Susan

from Palo Alto, CA

About Me Grandparent, Still Working Full-time

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Grandchild Speaks Swedish
    • Travel

    Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I listened to a lesson/day while i walked my dog. Like most people, I work and have little time. It was great to double task. I've tried other language learning methods that make me sit down - and I cannot keep up the daily thing that is so important to learning a language. Also the way Pimsleur introduces language with how you would use it normally. so it worked of rme.
    I would have liked to have new words that were introduced in the latter lessons broken down by syllable as new words were in the earlier lessons. i had a little difficulty hearing the words spoken quickly.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I can speak Swedish !

    By Romo

    from Ireland

    About Me Student

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Time Friendly

    Cons

    • No Phase 2

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I used Pimsleur Swedish once a day for 25 minutes as the course suggests, and found this is a perfect amount of time where I was able to stay alert and absorb the well planned courses. Having used many other courses some free, some very expensive I found this to be the most well balanced and effective course yet. It was a pleasure to use and immediately rewarding with what seemed little effort. I will out line to anyone considering Pimsleur that as good as the courses are, it does require the listener to make a fair effort and dedicate the time required. This may sound easy but you must mentally prepare yourself for the long haul and be passionate about the language you choose. Let pimsleur do the rest and you WILL learn that language !
    I just wish there was a phase 2 ! Im very disappointed about this but I guess Swedish just isnt in demand. But this was a great start .

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pimsleur makes it possible

    By stine

    from Washington

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Travel

    Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Swedish is a difficult language and at 65 years of age, I have to listen to the same lesson multiple times. Pimsleur makes it possible to learn! The only way it could be any better, which probably flies in the face of Pimsleur's theory, is if I could peek at a visual, just to make sure I am hearing correctly.

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