https://www.duolingo.com/airavj

Good grammar resources?

I am looking for a web site that explains Swedish grammar. Does anyone know of a good one? I'm really looking for something that lays out all the grammar - past and future tenses, modal verbs, adjectives and adverbs, conditionals, etc. Ideally, I'd love to find an actual Swedish textbook (or the online equivalent thereof), if something like that exists.

I appreciate that Duolingo is a free service, and for something free, it's a cool thing. It gets people interested in languages who otherwise might never bother learning one. But to be honest, I'm getting frustrated. There is no way to look at a lesson or a section until you have unlocked every single lesson before it, and I think the order of the lessons in the Swedish course is really nonsensical. I am learning words like kronprincess before I'm learning basic numbers. I can't even look at the past tense, future tense, modal verbs, or even feelings until I've learned a massive list of other words I really, really don't need.

I am grateful to the team who has created the Swedish lessons. I know it must have been an immense amount of work. But this method is just not working for me. I've been an EFL teacher for years, and I've never seen a textbook that tries to introduce all the adverbs in a language before even getting to important stuff like counting to ten, telling the time, or saying how you feel. It would be totally fine with me for it to be organized like this -- if only it were possible for me to peek at later lessons and learn the grammar I need now. But Duolingo doesn't allow that functionality.

I'm learning Swedish to converse with someone now. I don't need to be able to say "She is the queen of the night," I need to be able to talk about what I did today. I have friends who are willing to answer my questions, but they're not experts, not good at explaining grammar, and they don't have a lot of time to help me with this.

So with massive respect to the excellent folks who have put this language course together, I think I'm going to throw in the towel and move on, educating myself in other ways - looking up the grammar and vocabulary myself, practicing speaking, learning songs, and asking my friends questions whenever they have time to help me. That's why I'm asking for grammar resources. I have no problem learning grammar from a book, so any web site that simply explains things in English will be all I need. The vocabulary is largely not a problem since I already speak German and Czech, both of which are related to Swedish, and I can guess the meanings of many words and learn the rest through context, or from a dictionary.

Thanks very much to everyone for your help, and enjoy broadening your linguistic horizons!

February 27, 2015

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Masoodrn

Hi,

Try this one: http://www.digitalasparet.se/index.htm You can find most of the resources here. The layout and the design is not very appealing, I know. But remember that this link is a semi-official website for many people who study Swedish online in Sweden.

February 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/airavj

Thanks! I've got it bookmarked and I'll surely be making use of it.

February 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/So1ovei

I like "Swedish: An Essential Grammar" by Hinchliffe and Holmes, published by Routledge. The latest edition (2013) retails for about $50 on Amazon but I found a pdf of the previous version (2008) free online.

February 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/airavj

That is perfect, thank you very much. I'll see if I can find a copy.

EDIT: Easily found, and this looks absolutely perfect. I'll definitely be using this as my primary resource. Tack så mycket!

February 28, 2015
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