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Teach Yourself Swedish Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Paperback – 29 Oct 2004

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 3rd Revised edition edition (29 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340887532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340887530
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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 now available on CD, as well as in this book/CD pack.

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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58 of 58 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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29 of 29 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ragnar VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am only part way into this course, but that's not surprising since learning a new language isn't easy. The book consists of eighteen units each of which majors on a specific area - for example, eating out - but also covers specific aspects of vocabulary, usage and grammar.

The units are quite densely packed so it isn't a good idea, for me at least, to attempt to move through this course rapidly. While working on unit 3 you may find that you have already forgotten something you thought you had learned in unit 1. This is not the fault of the book. It is easy to understand something then forget what you have understood. Learning involves not only assimilation but also retention and recall. You have to work at it.

The book comes with two audio CDs which are both excellent and essential. It is stated early on in the book that Swedish is relatively easy since it sounds as it is written once you know some basic rules. While this seems to be true, internalising the basic rules isn't so easy. I find German and Spanish very much easier to 'hear' than Swedish. Without the accompanying CDs this book wouldn't work, and even with them you may have to listen to a sentence or a phrase several times when the speaker runs several words together. (I recorded the dialogues into Pro Tools and selected extracts which were defying my ear, but this isn't an option open to all). The speakers seem excellent to me, though I am not well qualified to judge.

Before buying this book I checked out the alternatives. The main one was Rosetta Stone, which may be very good. But if you are facing this decision there are three points to bear in mind.
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