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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 3Rev Ed edition (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340887524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340887523
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vera Croghan was born and went to school and university in Sweden. She got her degrees at Lund University. Her main subjects were Scandinavian Languages, English and Comparative Literature. Directly after her last degree she was appointed to teach Swedish Language at the University of Aberdeen. After her marriage to an English academic she moved to Edinburgh, and later they moved to Norwich when the University of East Anglia was opened. She has been very happy teaching Swedish there for over 30 years. When she gets the time she would like to teach her nine British grandchildren Swedish.

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Book Description

TEACH YOURSELF SWEDISH is the course for anyone who wants to progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking and writing Swedish with confidence.

About the Author

Vera Croghan started teaching Swedish at Aberdeen University straight after her second degree from Lund University, Sweden. After her marriage, she moved to Edinburgh where she gave private lessons and translated and interpreted for the Swedish Consul and businesses. She began teaching at the University of East Anglia when it opened in 1963 and taught there for 30 years.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This is definitely one of the better items in the Teach Yourself series. The grammar parts bring you a surprisingly long way, and the topics covered induce a wide vocabulary for a book for beginners. If you need Swedish only for your holidays you can still decide to skip the passages dealing with history, the school system, etc. The one decidedly negative aspect is that not enough emphasis is laid on the tonal system of the language. This is essential from the earliest stages on and therefore it would deserve more attention. The cassette is quite helpful in this respect but still questions with respect to tone are left open.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 14 July 2008
Format: Paperback
This book/CD pack is a good way to get you started on your home Swedish Lessons. Given the price it's hard to dish out bundles of criticism. Swedish isn't as abundant in resources as some other languages so it's really a case of picking and choosing your route in from a few options.

As with any language, multiple reference points in written and most importantly spoken language are needed and this book can prove very helpful as part of that. Firstly I would recommend only buying the CD/Book version of the course as both written and spoken skills are covered in each section. As others have commented the pace is very fast, and you are thrown in at the deep end, so in order to get the most out of the book it's a good idea to try a basic spoken course first.

For this purpose there are 15 free lessons from SurvivalPhrases available on iTunes. This will help you to get used to the tone of the language at a slower level. Moving onwards, there are various websites which promote basic Swedish and give hints on language usage. Once you have a grasp of this it's time to move onto the book.

The book starts with a basic alphabet explaining the Swedish alphabet and there is also a basic pronunciation guide. This is quite useful as to refer back to as occasionally Swedish has some odd pronunciations as it is a tonal language. In each of the 18 sections, we follow 3 dialogues of a family navigating their way around Sweden and picking up the relevant bits of language. Each of these sections takes around 1-2hr to complete, and includes written tests too. In addition to this there is a gradual introduction of grammatical structures allowing you to build on the words you have learned. Bear in mind that there is the possibility that you may need to re-take each section to master it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Knitting Nellie on 16 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
The book and CDs together really do make a complete course for you to follow at home. Presentation in good within the constraints of the small format and lack of colour printing/illustration. Each chapter is very well organised and follows a logical format. Grammatical points are explained succinctly. There are exercises and dialogues and also a focus on an aspect of Swedish culture within each chapter. The variety is very welcome. There is a lot of information in each chapter, and you should not expect to progress particularly quickly after the first few chapters. The CD is essential as a guide to the sing-song pronunciation of Swedish. I do not think this book could be improved within its price bracket. It does take a more scholarly or academic approach to the learning of a language. If you have learnt another language previously, you should feel at home with this format
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Proinsias on 3 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
Learning a foreign language is always a challenge,especially for English-speakers and often ends in failure. The "Teach Yourself" series is however a tried and tested tool for getting to grips with a new language and helping one to settle down in a new country. The Swedish course is well structured , easy to follow and gets you speaking Swedish from Day One.While not ignoring grammar, it introduces the student to real-life ,day-to-day situations which the new arrival has to deal with as soon as arriving in Sweden.

The exercises are well geared to the lessons and allow the diligent student to gauge his or her progress on a regular basis. There is ample scope for revision and when a student has finished the course , he or she should have no difficulty in communicating with Swedish-speakers on the ground.

As a professional EU linguist and and a former teacher of languages,I can heartily recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn Swedish and getting to know this beautiful, interesting country and its friendly and attractive citizens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Parsons on 10 May 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was hesitant about this product having read the mixed reviews but am pleased with my purchase. The seller seemed fine; no problems with the item or delivery or timescale. The product itself is a fast-paced book, very intense, but that makes it better value for money. No single language course is perfect as everyone learns differently, so you never know if you'll get on with a book even after reading reviews. I personally had already done the Teach Yourself Swedish Conversation CDs and this was definitely helpful - coming with some basic Swedish made the intensity of this book/CD course much less scary. They also vary slightly in vocab so useful in that respect. As I don't know a Swedish person I can't comment on how 'correct' this book/CD is but I find it very detailed and useful and would on the whole recommend it as a full, in-depth look at Swedish.
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