Swedish: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars) Paperback – 5 Jun 1997
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About the Author
Philip Holmes is reader Emeritus in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Hull and now runs his own translation company. Ian Hinchliffe has taught English, German, Norwegian and Swedish at schools and universities in England, Wales, Norway and Sweden. He has also worked as a translator for more than 25 years.
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This book is designed to be used by native English speakers, and every point is compared and related to English grammar. That, alone, makes it much easier to grasp the grammar concepts quickly. Swedish is a notoriously difficult language to learn for English speakers, and the grammar is very different to any other European languages, not least of all English.
Starting with a basic guide to pronouncing Swedish words, which should perhaps be skipped if you don't want to sound like you're from Stockholm, the book is broken into a small number of logical chapters - nouns, adjectives, etc., each of which is described in excellent (but never superfluous) detail.
The structure of the book means that I can read it from start to finish, or search for and immediately find the exact topic I am interested in. The quality of the binding feels excellent, and the print is very clear, with a clean, uncluttered layout, so I feel that I will be using this paperback book for a long, long time.
Holmes also writes an excellent classroom book "Colloquial Swedish" with Serin Gunilla, and if you add this to "An Essential Grammar" and your decent dictionary, you will find that you can study and learn a lot of useful Swedish in a short time by yourself, or in addition to some language classes (the approach I'm taking).
Not for those who don't know what verbs and adjectives and so on are.
I love the comparisons with English, makes learning a lot easier.
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absolutely superb ,defineatly the most straight forward and simplest books i have on swedish grammar,the chapter on word order really useful. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awful purchase!!! Need to have first class honors from Oxford to understand this book, not helpful at all.Published 13 months ago by Anne Rippon