The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don't have to. Swedish Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit. 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)
I got this taster course for free. Unit 1 isn't all that useful by itself, as most of it is taken up by how to use the course. The course (Phase 1, if you by the other units) tends to provide a sentence, and then breaks down all the words in the sentence, and the pronunciations for the words. This is a useful intro. As it's free its worth tasting and seeing if you could work with the Pimsleur method.
"Whether this works depends on your learning style"
I'm currently learning Swedish, which is the fifth foreign language I have studied.
I checked out the Pimsleur program because pronunciation is the greatest challenge of the Scandinavian languages. The basis of the Pimsleur program is that it is spoken only: you simply repeat what you hear.
I ordered the full program from amazon but returned it due to no written transcript coming with the CD's. Repetition alone won't help me memorize the words: I need to see the spellings. This is even more important when there are three non-Latin characters in the alphabet as there are in Swedish.
If what you're looking for is a "repeat after me" learning method, this may be for you. But if not, the PDF and/or "reading booklet" are not helpful at all. I called Pimsleur and they said they do not produce transcripts for any of their language programs.
There are some useful Swedish resources available online, such as the news source 8SIDOR which will help with reading comprehension and pronunciation. I would look there before investing in an expensive program of limited usefulness.
"Jag förstår lite svenska (in one lesson!!!)"
Pimsleur lessons are by far the best on the market. My only problem with them is that when I speak the new language after the Pimsleur lessons, native speakers think that I'm proficient and start talking up a blue streak. I use them when I travel, and can now hold my own in Italian, and French from their shorter series. I tired the first lesson to make sure that I'd be able to pick up Swedish as easily, and Iiked this lesson so much that I bought the 30 lesson pack. If you want to learn how to speak a language these are the only lesson to spend your money on.
Spend just 30 minutes a day and you'll sound like a native speaker in a month.
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