Learn Swedish with The Pimsleur Method

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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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4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • It works (16)
  • Portable (14)
  • Perfects accent (8)
  • Fun (7)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (13)
  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Family background/heritage (9)
  • Fun (9)
  • Business/work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (11), Business person (4), Student (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic for speaking/comprehension

I'm half way through the 30-lesson course. No single system can produce full mastery in all aspects of any language, but Pimsleur is far and away the best system I've found (short...Read complete review

I'm half way through the 30-lesson course. No single system can produce full mastery in all aspects of any language, but Pimsleur is far and away the best system I've found (short of living in Sweden) for building skills in speaking and understanding spoken Swedish. The course won't give you an enormous vocabulary, and its focus is not on developing writing or reading skills. But if you want to speak basic traveler's Swedish with as light an accent as possible, and also comprehend rapid-fire spoken Swedish, this is a great way to go. It involves tons of repetition to cement words and concepts, and moves slowly enough to let the material sink in. As with any language learning program, the amount of progress you make is largely tied to the amount of effort you are willing to put in. But if you're highly motivated, Pimsleur should be an essential part (albeit just one part) of your language learning process. If Pimsleur offered a Phase II, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.

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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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4.0

Very good

By Ed

from Atlanta

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

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

Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Satisfied with this learning package. Toward the last quarter of phase I, the conversion speed increases dramatically.

 
4.0

Wish there was more, but still great!

By Stoddy75

from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

About Me Traveler

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Helps Aid Listening
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component

Best Uses

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

Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I listen to each unit a couple of times until I feel comfortable to more on to the next. It is great that the further into the course you go, they surprise you by asking you something you learnt at the beginning. I like that they use native speakers and that your taught to phrase things differently and that it is not just repetition.

Sometimes the speed of what is being taught is a little fast but that doesn't mean you have to rush the course, you can always repeat the unit. Although it isn't encouraged to write things down, some people learn through writing too.

 
5.0

This is an amazing product

By Artur

from Sweden

About Me Ex-pat

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement

Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

This is the best to start speaking a language for beginner. However, there is not silver bullet to learn a language; one has to try several things.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent way to learn a language

By Calyban

from Fairfax, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I do a lesson a day: the sessions are just the right length: challenging but not overwhelming. Each lesson is well thought out. I especially appreciate that the lessons really reinforce the vocabulary and that they accustom you to listening to Swedish spoken at normal speed. Nothing is more frustrating than to study a language for years and then be confronted by native speakers who speak far more quickly than you can comprehend. This program really addresses that issue much better than any other method I have ever encountered.

    I only have two wishes: that I had started it earlier (leaving for Sweden in two weeks and still have ten lessons to go) and that Pimsleur had a Level II, so I could learn more vocabulary.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a way to learn a language!

    By annie99

    from Bradford, PA

    About Me Love For Languages, Teacher, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Swedish, Comprehensive:

      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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