December 7, 2014 | Swedish

Swedish Time!

I am a week into Swedish and it is good.

Swedish has been in my life on a daily basis for a long time. Not the language—the genetic material.

Brandt. Husband.

Brandt. Husband.

My husband, Brandt, is of Swedish descent. He looks it, no?

Swedish is a North Germanic language, as are Danish and Norwegian. I have read that there is mutual intelligibility with Norwegian and, to a lesser degree, with Danish.

I have been wanting to study Swedish for ages. I want to go to Sweden.

I haven’t been to Sweden since I was one year old, and I can’t say I remember much of that trip.

Since every Swedish person I meet speaks English, I don’t anticipate a lot of practical use for this language, but I love the letter å, and being able to write words and sentences with that in them would be very exciting. 

I have been scouting around for materials. So far I have acquired Routledge’s enormous Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar, Glossika’s Swedish Fluency Package, and 30 lessons of Pimsleur.

I have four other books on the way. Pictures of those to come, but here is what I have on my shelves at this point.

Routledge: A Swedish Heavyweight

Routledge: A Swedish Heavyweight

My First Glossika Adventure!

My First Glossika Adventure!

In addition, I am already losing my mind with joy over Memrise’s many, many Swedish vocabulary courses. I was still awake doing one at 4:30 a.m. the other day, which is really terrible from a health perspective and something I should knock off immediately.

But here’s what I am noticing: the content on Memrise is so robust for Swedish, and the Germanic nature of the language renders it familiar enough to me, that I am actually making quite good progress with Memrise. Many of the units have audio, and I am completely, totally grooving on a verb course that is teaching me numerous present-tense conjugations along with their pronunciation. It is heaven and feels much more efficient than doing a grammar exercise and then checking the answers in the back of a book.

I don’t know that you can get to the course without signing up for Memrise first, but click here if you want to try it. It’s free!

Swedish pronunciation is stocked with surprises, by the way. I look at a word on the screen. I hear it. I am shocked. Repeatedly.

Jag is “I” in Swedish. Now guess how to pronounce it.

Now listen to the first link here.


Comments (6)

Amanda • Posted on Mon, December 08, 2014 - 3:27 pm EST

Oh, I’m very interested in how you go with Glossika, particularly given how much you like Pimsleur.  It’s like Pimsleur on steroids I always think.

Ellen Jovin • Posted on Mon, December 08, 2014 - 3:54 pm EST

Haha! Okay, I will be posting, Amanda. Thanks!

Luba • Posted on Sun, December 21, 2014 - 10:36 pm EST

There is a new comedy tv-show “Welcome to Sweden”, it’s partly in Swedish with subtitles, so it might be something to watch for fun and language practice

Charles • Posted on Wed, December 24, 2014 - 5:51 pm EST

The Glossika looks interesting.  Were you able to buy them in the US?

Mike Campbell • Posted on Sat, January 10, 2015 - 4:49 am EST

Hi Charles,
I represent Glossika. We’re a startup company, so right now we have a limited number of books listed on Amazon at the moment. We’re updating a lot of our books with indeces and other features. But once they appear on Amazon, simultaneously appear at most online resellers and the print-on-demand books are available at 60,000 bookstores worldwide, including major booksellers in all of western Europe, Japan, Korea, etc. All someone needs to do is give them the ISBN at the counter and the book will arrive the next day.
Our distribution doesn’t support sound files yet, so they can be purchased from the Glossika website directly. We provide updates to those quite often. Or complete packages can be bought from our website, including physical books.
We have excellent printing solutions at our office here and we can ship physical books worldwide. If you have specific questions, I’ll give you our customer service contact email here: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Epictetus • Posted on Tue, February 10, 2015 - 10:56 pm EST

Is there any chance of that review of Glossika please? I did a quick search of your site but could not find it. I want to buy the Arabic version but am waiting until I can read your review of Glossika. I like the company’s blurb but I want to read an independent review from a linguist that I trust before I spend money.

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