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Teach Yourself Swedish (Teach Yourself Complete Language Courses) [Paperback]

Vera Croghan
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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Bilingual edition (21 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007145117X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071451178
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,170 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book to start! 21 Sep 2010
Very nice book to start (clear and easy to follow). But it would be better if it comes with the audio
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 3 Nov 2005
By V. Thorp - Published on
If you've never studied Swedish, then Teach Yourself Swedish IS NOT the series for you. I consider myself pretty apt at language-learning and wanted to find an audio series that would help me learn Swedish from scratch. Previously, I had used an abridged Pimsleur audio guide to study Brazilian Portuguese and found it too slow. Also, it catered almost exclusively to banal tourist-speak.

I purchased the "Teach Yourself Swedish" book and CD because it promised that users would "progress quickly beyond the basics." Unfortunately, the series spends very little time on the basics. After a zippy rundown on vowels and consonants and a mind-boggling string of Swedish tongue-twisters, the series mmediately launched into fast-paced dialogues with no word-by-word, much less sentence repetition. I was drowning in a sea of words.

This isn't hands-free learning. The audio portion would be useless to a true beginner who was not simultaneously following along in the book.

However, I would recommend this course to someone that had already learned the elementary principles of the language. If you have taken a two-week intensive course or have spent several months in Sweden, then this would be an excellent stepping stone toward more thorough understanding of the spoken and written language.

I wouldn't be so annoyed if the packaging hadn't implied that this was a series for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 2 Nov 2011
By studentofswedish - Published on
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This book has lots of useful vocabulary and by the time you are done studying from this book you should be able to communicate in Swedish. I also highly recommend speaking the language with yourself if you don't have anybody else to speak with. It helps a lot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug 2014
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