If you are a beginner, this will give you a solid foundation of the verb forms of the most common verbs in Swedish.
If you’re an intermediate learner, this course will build your confidence and help you nail down those pesky Swedish verb conjugations.
If you’re an advanced learner who occasionally makes an error, this will help you focus on the last ‘bad habits’ that you may have and finally get you to drill in the verb forms so they become totally automatic.
You will get a thorough introduction to the five main conjugations of Swedish verbs: imperative, infinitive, present tense, past tense (preteritum) and the supine form. And you will learn when you need to use them.
You will get detailed explanations of each verb, so you know exactly how to use them.
You will also get an overview of the four verb groups, along with handy cheat sheets and verb lists for quick referencing.
And above all, you will learn and drill in the 50 most common and most useful Swedish verbs, by using our unique Bootcamp Weekly Training Programme, including exercise circuits, Warm Up and Cool Down!
This course is an opportunity to focus on one area of the Swedish language – verbs!
Most courses don’t teach grammar areas separately, and while it’s always good to practice language ‘as a whole’, sometimes we just need to focus on a particular area and get that right!
Verb forms are so important for understanding and producing Swedish, and ‘bad habits’ can be tricky to get rid of. Even if you have studied for a long time.
This bootcamp course provides an intensive focus through a thorough and carefully designed weekly training programme, so that the verb forms can become part of your automatic understanding and speech. And importantly, the course provides accountability and a robust study routine; they are essential elements when your motivation dips.
Follow our Bootcamp Weekly Training Programme with detailed exercises for 5 weeks, planned out for every training session every week (a total of 20 training sessions). You’ll know exactly what to do, and how to track your progress.
Get our weekly selected verbs to focus on. The verbs are the most common and most useful Swedish verbs, especially chosen by us. The list includes English translation, verb group and a handy checklist so you can tick off every training session during the bootcamp.
Comprehensive Swedish Verbs Form Guide. Everything about verbs, the verb groups and the five main verb forms that you feel too embarrassed to ask about! Explanations of grammar jargon, and when to use the verb forms. Essential for referencing, reviewing and refreshing.
Verbs is a word category that we like to think of as a “Staple Diet”. It’s one of the corner stones of a language. You need to be able to express (or understand) what’s happening. And you also need to know if something is happening right now, if it will happen in the future, or if it has already happened.
In one sense, Swedish verbs are quite easy! You don’t have different forms for different persons (phew!), and if you know English or German, you can sometimes (or even often) guess what many of the Swedish verbs mean.
We also have many regular verbs (another phew!). Actually, about 67% of our verbs belong to Group 1, which is one of the three regular verb groups. But in reality, we use our irregular verbs SO often in our daily lives. This means that you have to memorise them! One by one!
If you don’t spend enough time memorising the verbs, you’ll forever feel unsure of the different verb forms.
If you’re a complete beginner, now is a great time to focus on learning the most common verbs and their verb forms. If you learn 50 common verbs in all their five forms, you will be able to say 250 sentences!! And then you can easily swap the person, or a time expression, and suddenly you have SO many things you can express in Swedish.
If you are an intermediate or a more advanced learner, you might be able to relate to these (frustrated) questions:
“Is it gick or gjorde in past tense?” “What is the past tense of äter/vill/kommer?” “Why can I never remember if the imperative has an -a at the end of this verb?!” “Why am I always hesitating when I’m going to say something in the supine form?”
If you do relate to these questions, this is the perfect course for you. It is frustrating and de-motivating to feel that you are constantly doubting yourself. It takes up a lot of mental energy when you speak, listen or write. Especially as we use these verbs so often. Let’s put a stop to that.
Anneli and Daniel both works as Swedish teachers at Swedish Made Easy. Anneli has developed the concept of grammar bootcamps and she has also designed and produced the material for this course. Daniel has assisted with material development and production and also leads the drop-in seminars.
Anneli is the author of Teach Yourself Complete Swedish and the founder of Swedish Made Easy. She is based in Brighton, UK (and US occasionally), but was born and bred in Sweden (Stockholm and Dalarna). When she is not teaching Swedish, she boards dogs with her husband in Brighton and helps other language teachers setting up their own businesses.
Daniel was born and raised in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. He has worked in education since 2008, helping students of all ages to reach their potential. Besides teaching Swedish, he is also a translator and an author. He lives in London with his wife and his two children.
Is this an online course?
Do I have to actually lift weights?
No. Only in a grammatical, metaphorical sense. 😉
What do I need to access the course?
What do I get?
What do I need to do during the course?
Follow our Bootcamp Weekly Training Programme and do your exercise circuits on Quizlet, including Warm Up and Cool Down. You’ll do your exercises Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. All the instructions for the exercises are in your training programme.
You’ll receive an email every Sunday with your weekly verbs and instructions for the week ahead. You will focus on 10 verbs (in all forms) per week.
How do I join the weekly drop-in seminars with Daniel?
You book your seminars via our booking system, using the link in the confirmation email you get when you enroll in the bootcamp. When you have booked your slot, you’ll get a confirmation email that will include a link to the Zoom seminar. When it’s time for the seminar, just click that link and join the seminar.
Please note you need to book your slots more than 24 hours in advance.
Daniel will run the weekly seminar on Wednesdays evenings (UK time) during the bootcamp.
Wednesday 8 April 2020, 7PM UK time
Wednesday 15 April 2020, 7PM UK time
Wednesday 22 April 2020, 7PM UK time
Wednesday 29 April 2020, 7PM UK time
Wednesday 6 May 2020, 7PM UK time
Do I have to attend the seminars?
No, it’s not obligatory. But it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the verbs of the week (how we use them, tricky aspects of them, etc), learn more about the verb forms, and also ask questions. We will record the seminars, so you can watch them afterwards if you can’t be there in real time. If you’re camera-shy, you can also join with audio only. 😉
What level of Swedish should I have to do this course?
This course is for everyone! Beginners through to advanced learners. If you’re a total beginner, it may be a bit intense as there will be so many new words to learn in a short period of time. We’d recommend that you at least know a little bit to start with. The course is perfect for intermediate learners who still doubt how to use the verbs in all forms.
What language is this course taught in?
This course is taught in English, with examples in Swedish.
How is this course assessed?
You have use to Quizlet to do your training programmes, and you can also test your knowledge in Quizlet. If you don’t know what Quizlet is, click here to watch a video showing you how it works.