Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Swedish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442343702
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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 Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 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 of Phase 1, 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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PimsleurSwedish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • It works (25)
  • Portable (22)
  • Perfects accent (16)
  • Fun (13)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (22)
  • Self-improvement (18)
  • Family background/heritage (15)
  • Fun (14)
  • Business/work (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (17), Business person (6), Student (6)

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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4.0

A fine program

By Bill D

from Maine

About Me Family Heritage, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not Funny Enough
  • No writing component
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

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

Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

This is my second Pimsleur experience. I did French a few years ago, and found it very good as well. I am through 20 of the 30 Swedish lessons so far, so I can't give a full report. And I won't be using it until I travel to Scandinavia in several months. However, I think the basic approach is very sound. The repetition is important, and hearing two or more native speakers is helpful.
I am in my mid-70s, and I don't learn as fast as I once did; so I need to listen to each lesson a number of times before I feel I'm anywhere near mastery. So it requires a good deal of discipline.
I appreciate the implication that some Swedes speak fast and take verbal shortcuts, and parsing out their words takes a lot of practice; so I guess it's good to hear some of that rapid dialog. However, I think a few more seconds should be allotted for the learner to verbalize his response before the Swedish speaker says how it should go.
I am a visual learner, so picturing the words as they are spelled is helpful to me. A written list of each lesson's new words would be helpful. (I sue Google translator for the purpose.)
I appreciate the isolated, subtle traces of humor, and suggest there be more, to perk up attention and motivation!

 
5.0

A lot of content

By Max

from Danbury, CT

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I wanted to learn Swedish because I hope to one day live in Sweden. I searched between a few different sources like the Rosetta Stone, and picked Pimsleur because it actually taught you how to pronounce the words correctly, and as someone who is already trilingual, this is essential if you want to learn a language. I love Pimsleur and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new language. My only problem was that there's is a lot of content in the lessens so repeating them twice or three times is necessary to get a grasp of it.

     
    4.0

    Best Pure Audio for beginners

    By Joel

    from Saugerties, NY

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I see many new language learning systems, but they all seem to require web access and a screen. There are two porblems with that. First, the hardest part of learning a language is understanding when it's spoken, and second, most people have a lot of time available when no screen can be used (driving, treadmill, walking the dog). Pimsleur is perfect for those situations. I worked thru the whole 30 lessons in three weeks at the gym.
      I just wish there were more!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love the method

      By Yellow Rose

      from Atlanta, Ga

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not Enough Lessons

      Best Uses

      • Asking With Friends
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel
      • Visiting Friends

      Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Love the teaching technic. It starts you off learning the words before you have to tackle the strange spellings and sounds they make. Anxious to see if I can understand some of what my Swedish friends are saying the next time I visit. I do wish they I had more than 30 lessons. I'm just beginning and would like to advance my learning through this method. Great to listen to when driving and when going to sleep.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great way to jump in with both feet

      By Learning something new at 50

      from Savannah, GA

      About Me Business person, Government employee

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I've done 20 lessons so far, and I've gained an incedible ability to converse and try to understand written Swedish. This approach is 100x more fun & interesting than you ordinary language course with it's stilted conversations, lists of words to learn and immediate stumbling over genders/spelling/conjugation. Speak from the very beginning, gain a foothold and enjoy the feeling of success, then you can fill in the details as you go forward. Disadvantage => we need a unit 2 and a unit 3. ASAP! And yes, it would be nice to have some things said first with unnatural slowness.

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