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This review is from: Colloquial Swedish: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (Paperback)
Colloquial Swedish (Colloquial Series)
I completed the Colloquial Danish course several years ago and found it excellent, so I'm now a fluent speaker.
Colloquial Swedish is a different proposition. It is OK for the seasoned language learner with some existing knowledge but it would be quite daunting for a raw beginner to get to grips with. The grammar coverage is thorough and there are plenty of exercises for practice. The discs are a must if you want any chance of mastering the pronunciation. The speakers do speak far too quickly at the start and many of the texts in the book are not present on the discs. The glossaries at the back are completely inadequate to use the book, so you also need a decent Swedish/English dictionary.
The book is also absolutely full of errors - it clearly wasn't checked properly before publication!!!