I often struggle to use the correct preposition when I want to talk about when, how often or how long something is happening.
I get my ‘i’ and ‘på’ mixed up when I want to say for example ‘on Monday’ or ‘last Monday’ in Swedish.
I find Swedish time expressions really confusing!
This spotlight course is suitable for beginners (as long as you have some idea of the different verb tenses, so ideally you should at least have completed level A1).
The most important thing is that you are familiar with these verb tenses: present, past (preteritum), supinum and future expressions (ska, kommer att).
If you have not yet studied these verb tenses, this course will not be right for you.
This course is also ideal for intermediate and advanced speakers who feel they often get these prepositions wrong.
It’s the perfect opportunity to sort your time expressions out, once and for all!
In this course, you will practice time expressions and prepositions according to category, and in context.
This course focuses on learning and memorising time expressions and time prepositions, and also how to pronounce them like Swedes do.
When you have completed this course, you will be able to remember, pronounce and understand Swedish time expressions and time prepositions with confidence.
No more doubting about when you should use ‘i‘, ‘på‘ or ‘för‘. No more feeling insecure about if it should be ‘måndag’ or ‘måndagen‘, or ‘vecka’ or veckan‘.
No more guessing.
Other Swedish online courses focus on how to introduce yourself, how to give and understand directions, how to order food in a restaurant, etc. Basically, Swedish for tourists. Swedish language apps present phrases and vocabulary, but they do not explain the grammar.
This course is different.
This course focuses on a grammar area that most Swedish learners find hard. You will be able to use the expressions and prepositions from this course in your day-to-day life. You will learn the phrases in context, and the rules work like little “hacks” that you can apply in many different situations. We use these time expressions all the time in Swedish, so they are essential for being able to hold a conversation in Swedish.
First of all, let me say: if you find time expressions and prepositions confusing, you are not alone. When asking students what they struggle most with in terms of their Swedish, almost everyone says the same thing: prepositions. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to matter if you are a beginner or an advanced speaker.
Generally, prepositions can feel tricky. They usually don’t have one fixed meaning. A table (bord) is a table and a cup (kopp) is a cup. But på can mean on, for, at, by, into, onto, of, over, upon… The list goes on. And on top of that, they are not always what you would expect based on other languages.
Time expressions often include prepositions. They are actually quite important to get right! If you mean to say ‘last Monday’, but instead say ‘on Monday’, it can get pretty confusing (and you may even miss out on a meeting or some crucial information if you don’t understand these phrases correctly).
Many Swedish learners put their energy into learning vocabulary and some of the bigger grammar areas (for example verbs and adjectives). This is natural, and an important area of the Swedish language at the early stages. But when you want to start developing your Swedish so you can reach a more fluent stage, getting other areas right becomes important. It is frustrating and de-motivating to feel that you are constantly doubting yourself with prepositions and time expressions. It takes up a lot of mental energy when you speak, listen or write. Especially as we use them so often. Let’s put a stop to that.
Hej! I’m Anneli. I’m the founder and director of Swedish Made Easy, and the author of Teach Yourself Complete Swedish.
I help Nervous Speakers and Grammar Phobics to learn Swedish via Skype. I author language books, create courses and materials for learning Swedish. I believe in using modern technology to build bridges, share languages and cultural understanding across the globe.
In this course, you will learn time expressions and time prepositions according to categories. This will make it easier for you to manage your learning step-by-step, and it will also make it easier to remember.
You will get:
You can study completely at your own pace via your computer, watch the videos and do the exercises and Quizlet-sets, and also test yourself to make sure you have memorised everything.
The course will be open for for enrolment during March and April 2020, so hurry to sign up if you want to do the course!