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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!

Who this course is for

This 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!

What you'll learn

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‘, ‘‘ or ‘för‘. No more feeling insecure about if it should be ‘måndag’ or ‘måndagen‘, or ‘vecka’ or veckan‘.

No more guessing.

How it's different

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.

Why this course is important

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  can mean onforatbyintoontoofoverupon… 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.

"Often language programs just try to teach you how to say things in ‘parrot fashion’ how to order food, how to describe yourself, how to talk about the weather – but Anneli gives you the structure behind it (why and how to say it) so you can say what you WANT to say in the future! Learning with Anneli has been the best decision I ever made. Anneli has so much experience in teaching Swedish that you can feel assured when you spend your pennies you are investing in it wisely!"
Sarah
"Anneli is a great teacher. I have really enjoyed her culture, her sense of the modern in the ways she communicates and makes the, sometimes tedious, grammatical rules come to life. I would like to recommend Anneli to anyone who has a desire to learn the basics but also to those who want to improve their Swedish."
Sebastien
"Anneli is an incredible teacher, and time with her is full of learning and fun! She is strong on all aspects of the language, provides fantastic tips for learning small nuances that make a huge difference in your grasp of the language, and has excellent techniques for helping you to understand why you are learning what you are learning and how to recall that later in practice."
Michele-Lee

Your teacher

Hej! I’m Anneli. I’m the founder and director of Swedish Made Easy.

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.

How it works

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:

  • 8 modules with time expressions and prepositions according to verb tenses
  • access to instructional videos that you can watch while logged in to your course, including specific pronunciation guidance (especially on where we drop letters and merge words together)
  • downloadable exercises that you can do to test yourself
  • downloadable cheat sheets with rules and expressions for each category
  • link and password to Quizlet sets (103 words/phrases in total) where I have recorded time expressions and useful phrases using the time prepositions, so you can practice and really memorise them

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.

Take a peek inside the course

Want to watch one of the course videos for free?

Course curriculum

Introduction

  • Hej! I'm your teacher. (1:51)
  • What is a preposition and a time expression? (5:39)
  • Quizlet link and password

Module 1

  • Time Expressions for the Past (8:09)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (preteritum)
  • Exercises (preteritum)

Module 2

  • Time Expressions for the Present (7:36)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (present)
  • Exercises (present)

Module 3

  • Time Expressions for the Future (13:12)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (future)
  • Exercises (future)

Module 4

  • Time Expressions for Routines (14:59)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (routines)
  • Exercises (routines)

Module 5

  • Time Prepositions for When (6:11)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (when)
  • Exercises (when)

Module 6

  • Time Prepositions for How long (6:00)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (how long)
  • Exercises (how long)

Module 7

  • Time Expressions for How quickly (2:17)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (how quickly)
  • Exercises (how quickly)

Module 8

  • Time Prepositions for How often (6:40)
  • Lathund / Cheatsheet (how often)
  • Exercises (how often)

This course is not currently open for enrolment

But you can join our waiting list, and we’ll contact you when this course opens for enrolment again. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
 
The course starts as soon as you have enrolled and will end one year later. It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide how much time to devote to it each week depending on what other demands on your time you have! You will be able to keep the downloadable documents forever.
 
How long do I have access to the course?
 
Once you have enrolled on the course, you can begin steadily working your way through the modules, completing the learning activities. You work at your own pace fitting in your studies around your personal commitments. The videos can be accessed for 12 months. You can download the PDF’s and save them to your computer. You have access to the Quizlet sets for a minimum of 12 months.
 
What if I am unhappy with the course?
 
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
 
What level of Swedish should I have to do this course?
 
This course is intended for learners who already have level A1 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 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 studied these verb tenses at all, this course will not be right for you.
 
What language is this course taught in?
 
This course is taught in English, with examples in Swedish.
 
How is this course assessed?
 
There are exercises at the end of each module, you also have access to Quizlet flashcard sets and there is a final Test Yourself exam at the end of the course to test your knowledge.
 
Any other questions?
 
Get in touch if your question is not answered above – email me at swedishmadeeasy at gmail.com
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