Colloquial Swedish by Phil Holmes

By Phil Holmes

This third edition of Colloquial Swedish has been revised and up-to-date to make studying Swedish more uncomplicated and extra relaxing than ever ahead of. especially written through skilled lecturers for self-study or category use, this transparent, exact direction provides a step by step method of written and spoken Swedish. the most suitable choice in own language studying, this 3rd variation beneficial properties: new texts and dialogues all through hyperlinks to web content approximately Sweden, its heritage, society and tradition transparent grammar notes and precis. No earlier wisdom of the language is needed, and by way of the tip of this profitable path scholars may be capable of speak with a bit of luck and successfully in Swedish in a large variety of daily occasions. Audio fabric recorded through local audio system is out there to purchase on CD or in MP3 layout to enrich the book. This will help you ideal your pronunciation, listening and talking abilities.

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7 Sometimes she studies in the library. 8 At six o’clock she gets up. 9 At eight o’clock she has (takes) a cup of coffee. Page 38 Numerals (1–12) 0 noll 5 fem 9 nio (pron. ) 1 en, ett* 6 sex 10 tio (pron. ) 2 två 7 sju 11 elva 3 tre 8 åtta 12 tolv 4 fyra * Because of the two genders. When counting: ett, två, tre … Pronunciation (CD 1; 13) Consonants g-, k-, sk- Practise saying the following words, all personal names and place names. ‘soft’ g- place names: Gerum, Gislaved, Gyttorp, Gäddede, Göteborg personal names: Gert, Gösta, Göran ‘hard’ g- place names: Gamleby, Godby, Gubbängen, Gåsholm, Grimstad personal names: Gottfrid, Gustav, Gudrun, Greta ‘soft’ k- place names: Kedjeåsen, Kivik, Kyrkhult, Källvik, Kölby personal name: Kerstin ‘hard’ k- place names: Kalmar, Kolmården, Kumla, Kållered personal names: Karin, Konrad, Kurt, Kåre, Kristina ‘soft’ sk- place names: Skeppsvik, Skillingaryd, Skyttorp, Skänninge, Skövde ‘hard’ sk- place names: Skara, Skogby, Skurup, Skånela Page 39 Dialogue 2 (CD 1; 14) Rebecca meets a new friend MARIA: Hej!

Is the formal equivalent. On parting, use hej då, hej, hej, or hej så länge ‘Bye for now’, ‘Be seeing you’. Adjö (pron. ajö) ‘Goodbye’ is the formal equivalent. V-words (interrogatives) Some v-words, or interrogative pronouns, are found in the dialogue: varifrån? where … from? var … ifrån? where … from? Others are: vad? (pron. va) what? var? where? vem? who? Notice also the following interrogatives, without an initial v-: hur? how? när? when? e. verb – subject) word order. Notice the difference, however.

But note the following points: • These rules do not apply to words ending in -m, -n where the m and n are often long already (= mm, nn), cf. den, hem and see p. 107. • The common words arm, charm, arbete have short a. Compare the pronunciation of English ‘arm’. • Unstressed vowels are always short: the a in skriva, the e [] in röker. In this book you will sometimes see the symbol . This represents the unstressed sound of ‘a’ in English ‘about’, ‘er’ in English ‘father’, etc. Consonant sounds (CD 1; 4) Many of the consonant letters are pronounced approximately as in English.

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