Based on real Swedish course curricula, Novus Language can help anyone learn to speak Swedish fluently.
Forget the games and gimmicks! We use proven language learning techniques that have been used to teach millions of people to learn a second language.
An elegant language native to the appealing country of Sweden. Whether you wish to master the Swedish language, or you would like to interact with locals in their native tongue on your backpacking trip, our course will help you achieve your goals.
This course is meant to serve as a textbook as well as a source of cultural information and it is accompanied by a complete set of tapes. We all know that the ability to speak a foreign language and to live in a new culture is not learned through books and tapes alone. These are only aids in a learning process which begins in the classroom. The book has taken into account the student who may not have a teacher available. It was designed in such a way that, together with extensive use of the tapes, it may be used profitably by the self-study student.
The primary goal of language learning is to communicate with the native speakers in a natural and productive way. A secondary goal is to learn to read and translate Swedish. The first twelve Units consist of dialogues which cover a range of situations relevant to your life and work in Sweden. The last few Units are written in a narrative form and constitute a transition to further reading.
Each Unit includes "Notes on Basic Sentences," which clarify certain grammar points, cultural information and idiomatic expressions that we think are particularly important. Following "Notes on Basic Sentences" is a section called "Points to Practice." This section deals with the grammar, which is first explained as clearly and simply as possible, and then put to use in Practices. Grammatical explanation should be thought of only as a tool when learning a foreign language. But it is the key to understanding a structure and a system which might otherwise seem confusing. Even though Swedish grammar and vocabulary are related to their English counterparts, a word-by-word translation from either language into the other does not necessarily produce good sense. Because of important differences in ways we have of expressing the same thoughts, speakers of English and Swedish see eachother as using different patterns of language. It is therefore invaluable to learn Swedish patterns to the point where they become a real part of your speech, so that the difference between English and Swedish becomes natural to you.
The tapes provide the correct pronunciation of the dialogues, narrative texts and grammar practices. On the tapes each Unit begins with the dialog "For Listening Only" to give you the chance to understand as much as possible unaided. Remember that it is just as important to understand what is being said as to produce your own sentences. Following "For Listening Only" there is a section called "For Learning." It contains the same dialogue, but this time each new word is given with a pause, during which you are to repeat the word before the correct pronunciation is confirmed. The same pattern is then used for longer utterances. Try to mimic the native speakers as closely as possible, paying close attention to stress and intonation. When an utterance is very long it will be divided into two or more sentences, and then given in its entirety.
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