Why this course is important
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 around level A2, 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.