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 Message 65 of 107
19 August 2011 at 2:30am | IP Logged free online old norse course that also has some recordings
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 Message 66 of 107
30 September 2011 at 1:52pm | IP Logged 
Cavesa wrote:
Nice and useful thread as I am decided to start learning Swedish (as soon as I have at least one more exam behind me). Could you please add what level you need to start the courses and to what level they should take you?

I'm most curious about these courses: TY Swedish, Colloquial, Svenska Utifran, Pa Svenska and FSI [...]

Rikyu-san wrote:
@ Cavesa,

It's a good question what level the language programs will take you to. […]

Sorry I’m a few months too late in the debate to be of any help to Cavesa in choosing her materials, but I’ve just come across a website that tries to answer exactly this question, at least for textbooks published by Swedish publishers.

On its website, the Swedish Institute / Svenska institutet has a list of textbooks (Läromedel i svenska som främmande språk) with their approximate CEFR level.

According to them, Svenska utifrån covers levels A1-B1; the series På Svenska covers levels A1-C1 (På Svenska! reaches level A2; På svenska! 2 level B1; På svenska! 3 level C1).

The list is also a good source for other textbooks which we generally don’t know about, because they are published in Sweden and don’t belong to the usual big series like TY, Colloquial, Assimil etc.

The menu on the left (not the one on the far left) lets you search also for titles in the grammar, dictionaries and vocabulary, pronunciation and listening comprehension, literature … categories.

By the way, I happen to own both Svenska utifrån and the first På Svenska!. As I said in an earlier post in this thread (post 45) the former is not intended for self-study. But if you already know some Swedish and know how to learn languages on your own, the 150 texts (in 214 pages) it contains can be put to good use.

The latter is meant for self study, but you need the accompanying “studiehäfte” in a language you know (I’ve got the English one). You may wonder how a very thin book, 16 units in just 120 richly-illustrated pages, can claim to bring you to the A2 level. Suffice it to say that it introduces grammar points at breakneck speed. By page 9 (and unit 1 starts on page 8) you encounter three tenses (present, past, and future), for instance. Swedish grammar is relatively easy, so it shouldn’t be too difficult if you’re not new at language learning. But if you are, I think that might be a problem.

Unfortunately I can’t give better reviews of the textbooks, as I’m one of those language learners who hoard textbooks, starts them, but usually don’t go much further than the first 30 or 50 pages.

I hope this helps.

I forgot to mention that I have the older version of På Svenska! (from the 1990s). I don’t know how different the new edition is.

Edited by Emme on 01 October 2011 at 4:36pm

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 Message 67 of 107
01 October 2011 at 1:15am | IP Logged 
I recently came across this set of Icelandic videos:

Viltu læra íslensku?

They're a set of 21 half-hour-ish videos for learning Icelandic with a "real life"
segment followed by a classroom segment. I really like them because they have Icelandic
subtitles and are pretty decent otherwise.

Also I noticed that the Faroese section is looking distressingly empty. I haven't
studied Faroese, but I was able to get my hands on a textbook/grammar set that seems
pretty good. It's called Faroese: A Language Course for Beginners by Jonathan Adams and
Hjalmar P. Petersen. They are also nice enough to have all the audio available on their

Aside from that there's also a more traditional and comprehensive-looking
grammar/reader: An Introduction to Modern Faroese by W.B. Lockwood that seems well
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 Message 68 of 107
22 October 2011 at 4:11am | IP Logged 
Is it possible for a mod to arrange all the links and resource names given throughout these 9 pages on one page (the first for example)?

it would just be much more convenient this way, just suggesting.
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 Message 69 of 107
22 October 2011 at 12:47pm | IP Logged 
I was thinking about starting to work on Norwegian soon. Has anyone tried Erik Stokland
"Lehrbuch der norwegischen Sprache" from Buske? I haven't seen a copy, but I like a lot of the Buske books.
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 Message 70 of 107
28 October 2011 at 2:57am | IP Logged 
Why are there so many resources for learning Danish as opposed to Swedish? I'd figure it would be the opposite
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 Message 71 of 107
28 October 2011 at 12:38pm | IP Logged 
What kind of Danish resources don't exist for Swedish? Of the traditional methods we have Teach Yourself, Lingaphone, Assimil, Colloquial for all the Scandinavian languages (I think).
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 Message 72 of 107
28 October 2011 at 8:36pm | IP Logged 
Linguaphine currently offers Swedish, but not Danish or Norwegian. Assimil does have courses for Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish but only with French as the base language.

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