Swedish, Comprehensive

Swedish, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Swedish with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442336094
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • List Price: $345.00

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About Swedish

  • Swedish is an Indo-European language that belongs to the North Germanic branch of the Germanic languages, all of which derive from Old Norse.
  • This course teaches rikssvenska (sometimes referred to as Standard Swedish) as spoken in and around the capital region of Stockholm.
  • Swedish is spoken by approximately 10 million people, mostly in Sweden and parts of Finland.
  • Norwegian and Swedish are considered mutually intelligible, with Danish also being very similar.
  • The Swedish alphabet uses the 26 Latin letters, plus three additional: Å / å, Ä / ä, and Ö / ö.


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Swedish, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. This course replaces our original Compact Swedish with new and expanded vocabulary, scenarios, grammar and structures.
  •  In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included starting at the end of Unit 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Swedish alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurSwedish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 33 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • It works (30)
  • Portable (27)
  • Perfects accent (20)
  • Fun (17)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • No writing component (5)
  • Too fast (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (25)
  • Self-improvement (22)
  • Family background/heritage (17)
  • Fun (16)
  • Business/work (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (18), Business person (8), Student (7)

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

I like this product a lot. But it requires DISCIPLINE...

By Juan Pablo

from Göteborg, Sverige

About Me Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I like this product.
    There are not many lessons/levels besides the level 1 yet... I'd like to improve using more advanced levels.

     
    5.0

    An important resource for a difficult spoken language

    By elsa

    from New Haven, CT

    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 Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I have been studying Swedish for over a year on line and in books. I am a second generation American and am interested in learning the language of my ancestors in preparation for visiting Sweden again some day. Although I have learned a lot of grammar and vocabulary, speaking Swedish - and understanding spoken Swedish - is a challenge just from learning by reading. Not only are the phonetics of Swedish complicated, but spoken Swedish is very hard to understand because native speakers tend to run words together and speak very quickly. Despite about 16 months of study I couldn't make out very much at all when I listened to Swedish movies or programs and I was frustrated. I decided to try the Pimsleur program, because I had really enjoyed learning Spanish 1-4 with Pimsleur. (I learned how to speak easily and smoothly from the very beginning learning Spanish this way) I am happy to say that just by going through Swedish 1, my ear can now pick up far more spoken Swedish and I have been able to begin to feel that I can say some things on my own. I am eager for Pimsleur to produce more levels of Swedish so I can continue my studies, but just by doing Swedish 1 my other studies have been given a real boost.

       
      5.0

      ReallReally effeffective

      By Language enthusiast

      from Athens,GR

      About Me Traveler

      Pros

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

      Cons

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          Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          Pimsleur is an amazing method offering an insight to what it means to learn a new language. I am very satisfied to have tried this program. Not only it helped me to learn some basic elements of the language but it opened a totally new world to me, which excites me and motivates me to delve more into the language. I definitely recommend it and I wish it had more audio lessons as the other languages do.I hope it will in the future!

           
          5.0

          VERY Effective!!!

          By EagleKJD

          from Washington

          About Me Business person

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Learn The Language
            • Self-improvement

            Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            I am blown away at how effective this Swedish course is. I have tried LingQ, Rosetta, Duolingo.... you name it, I have probably tried it. Pimsleur actually cares about having near native sounding speakers, if not actually native speakers, speaking in their lessons. I do have a complaint though, why did Pimsleur stop at just Level 1?? Where are Levels 2, and 3??

             
            5.0

            This has been great!

            By G newbie

            from Southern California

            About Me Business person

            Pros

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

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

              Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

              This has been a great course, so easy to learn from! I hope that Pimsleur continues the Swedish Language course for those of use who want to become even more fluent. Thanks!

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