FSI - Swedish Basic Course

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Swedish Basic Course - Guide to Pronunciation Tape A

Swedish Basic Course - Guide to Pronunciation Tape B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 01A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 01B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 02A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 02B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 03A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 03B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 04

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 05A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 05B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 06

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 07A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 07B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 08A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 08B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 09A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 09B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 10A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 10B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 11A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 11B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 12A

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 12B

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 13

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 14

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 15

Swedish Basic Course - Unit 16

Foreign Service Institute Swedish  - Image Welcome to the world of Sweden, Swedes, and Swedish!

You have obtained this FSI Swedish Basic course as a way to help you learn the Swedish language, and to help you prepare for life and work in Sweden. We hope that both these experiences will be enjoyable for you, but before you begin we would like you to know some facts about language study in general, and this book in particular. The new PSI Swedish Basic Course has been written especially for the future L.S. diplomat in Sweden. It 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, where the instructor is the primary source of information and your main conversation partner, and which later expands to the whole country of Sweden, where a nation becomes your teacher. However, 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.

A self-study course, however, cannot provide sufficient opportunities to practice speaking and understanding Swedish. 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, since this is an important skill you will need in your work.

The first twelve Units consist of dialogs 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. Here you can cover up the correct responses with a piece of heavy paper or cardboard and then slide the paper down the page to confirm the correctness of your response or correct any error you may have made. Be sure you do the Practices aloud. 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 each other 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. Over many years of teaching Swedish to English speaking students the teachers at FSI have noted consistent patterns of difficulty that an English speaker has in learning Swedish. We have tried to draw on this experience in explaining the grammar and in pointing out the pitfalls. Our happy Vikings are used to draw attention to some of the grammar points, and to make the task of learning Swedish grammar a little less serious. A dragon appears in places where we discuss something that may be unusually tricky.

Swedish is a North Germanic language, spoken by approximately 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish. It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish. Along with the other North Germanic languages, Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. It is currently the largest of the North Germanic languages by numbers of speakers. Standard Swedish, used by most Swedish people, is the national language that evolved from the Central Swedish dialects in the 19th century and was well established by the beginning of the 20th century. While distinct regional varieties descended from the older rural dialects still exist, the spoken and written language is uniform and standardized. Some dialects differ considerably from the standard language in grammar and vocabulary and are not always mutually intelligible with Standard Swedish. These dialects are confined to rural areas and are spoken primarily by small numbers of people with low social mobility. Though not facing imminent extinction, such dialects have been in decline during the past century, despite the fact that they are well researched and their use is often encouraged by local authorities.

Swedish is spoken in: Sweden

Swedish is also called: Ruotsi, Svenska

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