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unfortunately not worth it
am 19. Mai 2000
After deciding I wanted to learn Swedish and not having thepatience to wait until a new semester started at one of the localuniversity extension programs, I decided to try this book, since it seemed to be one of the more highly recommended ones on Amazon.com. Perhaps if you have more perseverance or a higher pain threshhold than I do, it might be worthwhile for you. I've always thought of myself as a pretty good student of language: I never had much trouble learning Spanish, French, of Japanese. But this book makes things hard.
It starts with a quick overview of Swedish pronunciation but then throws the reader in head first. And considering that the tape only covers a portion of the written text, I found myself forced to guess how words were pronounced. I mean, is "lakare" (doctor) pronounced as "luh-kah-ray" or "la-care". Maybe it's obvious to someone who knows Swedish but as a complete beginner I had no idea.
It was also tedious reading because I had to continually flip back to the pronunciation guide to figure out how to pronounce things. It would have been nice if a phonetic spellings (along with accent and tone indications) had been included, at least in the early chapters.
The short quizzes are often inscrutable. One of the first true or false questions uses vocabulary and grammar that haven't even been introduced yet, forcing the reader to guess what the answer is. A short time later the reader is shown a picture of a smiling man in a kilt and asked what his profession is. Apparently the smile is supposed to hint to you that he is in a dentist.
I don't think it is impossible to learn languages from books, although it is certainly harder than with a live instructor. There are good language books out there. Unfortunately, I don't think this is one of them. Also unfortunately, there don't seem to be a lot of alternatives for learning Swedish.