Do you struggle to use the correct preposition when you want to talk about when, how often or how long something is happening?
Do you get your 'i' and 'på' mixed up when you want to say 'on Monday' or 'last Monday' in Swedish?
Do you find Swedish time expressions confusing?
The Swedish Time Expressions Pro course - an online, self-paced video + exercises course - will help you with precisely this!
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!
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 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.
How and what you will learn in this course
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.
How this course is different to other courses
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. Therefore, you learn words but don't understand how to put your own sentences together.
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 - whether you talk to someone about what happened last week, or what will happen next week/month/year, etc. 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.
"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, UK (one-to-one lessons 2015-2019)
"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, UK (one-to-one lessons 2013-2015)
"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, Canada and now Sweden (one-to-one lessons since 2016)
I am Dr. Anneli B. Haake. I am a native Swedish teacher and the founder 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.
- Author of Teach Yourself Complete Swedish (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Founder of Swedish Made Easy
- Swedish language lessons (level A1-C2), online and in person
- Swedish language assessments A2, B1, B2 (qualified SWEDEX examiner)
- Translations (Swe-Eng, Eng-Swe)
I am based in Brighton, UK (and US occasionally), but I was born and bred in Sweden (Stockholm and Dalarna) and lived there all my life until I was 25. When I am not teaching Swedish, I board dogs with my husband in Brighton, help other language teachers setting up their own businesses and I also occasionally work as a music consultant, evaluating the effects of live music in hospitals.
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.