Swedish Phase 1, Unit 01-05

Learn to Speak and Understand Swedish with Pimsleur Language Programs
By: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Series: Pimsleur Swedish, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Each lesson of Swedish Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Swedish. This course teaches the rikssvenska (or Standard Swedish) dialect, spoken in and around the capital region of Stockholm. The first ten Units of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Swedish Comprehensive Program, replaces the Compact Swedish.

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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." ( AudioFile magazine)

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The perfect tool to learn w/o a native speaker

I was skeptical about the pimsleur method, since learning a language as an adult can seem so difficult. After completing the first 30 minute lesson, I already felt like I was speaking way better than I ever had from taking lessons from a native speaker and friend of mine. The learning curve and words are very practical and linear, so everything you learn reinforces your fundamentals and builds logically until you're stringing together useful sentences at an intermediate level. Of course having some written exercises to work out will be the next step, so I will look into getting a basic book of swedish. No complaints here about this method!

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Excellent excellent excellent!

This is really enjoyable and helps you really speak the language correctly so that natives understand you perfectly.

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Superb!

Enjoyed it! Pronunciation could've been a bit slower or my hearing could've been better. 😁

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useful supplement to other courses

Not many words are introduced, but other apps use text-to-speech. Native speakers are useful in learning what letters to say and what not to say.

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  • Jason
  • 10-27-11

Worth every penny!

Each unit is easy to understand and is great for listening to in the car. With each unit I can hear myself getting more and more confident in speaking and understanding what is being said. I am heading to Sweden next month and cannot wait to try talking in Swedish!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-15-17

Great programme

After trying various approaches.. this method hit the nail on the head! Extremely thourough and easy to follow and if you dont understand all of a lesson just wait a few hours and listen again. couldnt be more simple.

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  • Kyne
  • 12-24-12

Not a bad course

Like any of the language courses, you get out what you put in, it's not easy but the course takes a slow easy learning approach. Follow the plan and you'll start to learn. The course tends to provide a sentence, and then breaks down all the words in the sentence, and the pronunciations for the words. As I mentioned in the title, not a bad course and I'd recommend it to help supplement Swedish learning.

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  • Ronny Seven
  • 05-20-20

Good but brief

Good material. Well paced for a beginner but only five thirty minute lessons (and a thirty minute introduction).

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  • Rebecca Crisp
  • 01-14-20

Very good format for learning conversational Swedish

The Pimsleur technique is excellent for building up your conversational language. I knew nothing at the beginning but through repetition of each unit (usually 2-3 times) I’ve been able to memorise everything. It builds up your vocabulary and knowledge of word order to such an extent that you are able to use the same words differently to say different things. Your pronunciation is excellent as you are focussed on how you sound so you avoid speaking with your native accent. My one criticism is that learning with this technique doesn’t help you read or write the Swedish language. I’m moving on to the next unit however and will try other tools to help me learn the alphabet and different letter sounds later.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

Definitely buying the sequels!

A little bit short, but repetition, repetition, repetition until you will never forget what you’ve learned.

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  • Karina F.
  • 05-17-18

Awesome!

Loved this. Been doing it for about 10 days, it takes me about 3 goes at each lesson. I have a Swedish friend and they are very impressed with my pronunciations. Ordering the next set of lessons now! If you want to learn Swedish in your own time in an effective, useful way this is it!

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  • Jane Clarke
  • 01-20-17

Great clarity

Everything is really clearly set out so you are suddenly constructing sentences and with the rhythms of speech there for you to copy.

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  • joseph
  • 08-16-16

excellent

very well spoken and presenting. Extremely fun. The best language learning tool that I have used.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-16

Excellent way to build your Swedish language skills

This system perfectly drip feeds the information so you are able to build a great foundation, without feeling like you are having to try at all hard. The pressure of learning is squarely on the 'teacher' and not you.

Similar to the Michel Thomas technique, just without the other students in the class (which I often find distracting anyway).

Highly recommended. Straight on to the next series of lessons.

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  • 07-05-18

A 5-star program that's missing a vocab list

This is a wonderful language learning resource, particularly if you already have some exposure to the language. It really gets you speaking and thinking in your target language. The conversation practice is especially useful. **I would give it 5 stars, but I would really like it if this came with a vocab list for creating flashcards, for example, and for learning the various spellings. As I am already familiar with Swedish, this was not a problem for me, but it would really be a problem for an absolute beginner.** My feeling is, this would be best used in combination with a textbook or learning app, such as Babbel or even Duolingo on a budget. I also thought the choice of 'ledsen' for 'sorry' was unusual, as its literal meaning is 'sad'. It's sometimes used to apologise when something demoralising or tragic happens, in the same way one would say, "I'm sorry", in English, if there were a death. It can technically be used in the context of the audiobook's conversation, but 'forlåt' may have been more appropriate, or better still, 'ursäkta' (although I understand this wasn't chosen, as to avoid vocabulary overlap and confusion). I'm in desperate need of conversational practice, so Pimsleur has been a revolutionary addition to my learning program. It's also really great, because the practice is timed, so you can sit down and dedicate a set amount of time, nor do you have to worry about how efficient you're being with that time, or whether you're comprehending the material sufficiently. Language learning is just a matter of persistence. Pimsleur makes that particularly easy. They say 20 hours is enough time to become competent in a skill, so if you complete Swedish: Phase 1, especially in combination with an app or written program, then you'll reach that goal in a fairly straightforward way. Just download it, do the lessons, no excuses! I wish I'd started earlier.