Colloquial Swedish (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 16 Oct 2003
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Compared to other colloquial books, there's about twice as much in this as in the spanish/italian/french books. This is great, as there ain't many useful swedish books out there for beginners.
One thing - if you want to learn swedish using this book, don't skip ahead. Do each page over and over until it sinks in. It'll take time, but it's worth it.
On the downside, it is full of mistakes, and clearly hasn't been proof read before going to publication. For example, in the answer section at the back, it states that the word for 'violin' is 'viol' (wrong) when throughout the book it refers to violin as 'fiol' (correct). On the audio CD, the speaker states the price of a train ticket as "tvahundranittiotre" when in the book it's "etthundranittiotre". Then on page 67, it notes 'Flicka' as meaning 'The girl' when actually 'Flickan' means 'The girl'. These may seem like little errors, but they add up and can become confusing and rather irritating. There are probably loads more that I haven't noticed and I'm only a third of the way through!
This is a great shame, because were it not for this sloppiness, I think this would be a very solid and proficient introductory guide to Swedish. Despite the mistakes, I'd still say it was worth the buy as I believe it's still better than the 'Teach Yourself Swedish' package.
This is mainly due to the fact that the book goes at quite a fast pace, and introduces a large amount of vocabulary in a short space of time.
The audio tapes are recorded by native speakers, who also seem to make very little concession to the fact that they are being listened to by learners. This is good, because it's just the same as in real life.
All in all, I'd thoroughly recommend buying this book, especially with the cassettes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book content is a little dated but for such a low price well worth the money.Published 12 months ago by alastaird63
Great book with lots of structure. This version is from 1996 so it is very not up-to-date anymore.Published 22 months ago by Lydia Hillerud
Of all the language courses that I have tried this is still by far the best. Really easy to use and bite size informationPublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by Dolan book worm
This book is amazing. It covers EVERYTHING you need to be able to get around and converse at an average level.
I highly recommend it! Read more
The book was obviously a second hand book, but it was in quite good a condition and the seller's description of the condition was fairly accurate. I am satisfied with the book.Published on 26 July 2009 by Nrm Olweny
We bought this book in preparation for a short holiday to Sweden, interested to have something a bit higher and to gain more insight into the way the language works than you would... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2007 by Lovely Woodnymph