From English to Swedish 1: A basic Swedish textbook for English speaking students: Volume 1

From English to Swedish 1: A basic Swedish textbook for English speaking students: Volume 1

From English to Swedish 1 is a beginner’s textbook for students who would like to learn basic Swedish (level A1 of the European CEFR-scale). Unlike most Swedish textbooks for beginners published in Sweden, it provides grammar explanations and text commentaries in English. To help the reader learn Swedish pronunciation, a series of videos linked to the book are available on YouTube (see https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEQVgbDPZ4I). The book is organized around the story of an American girl who comes as an exchange student to live in a Swedish family. She struggles to learn Swedish and adapt to Swedish culture, but in the process runs into a number of cultural clashes, all based on the authors’ real life experiences. Ake Daun, professor of ethnology from Stockholm University and a specialist in Swedish mentality, has examined the book and describes the way it introduces Swedish mentality as “innovative and entertaining.” To facilitate the student’s learning, From English to Swedish 1 takes advantage of the close relationship between English and Swedish. Many of the words appearing in the text are similar to their English counterparts. The vocabulary of the book is basic: out of the 593 words in the glossary, 44 % belong to the one thousand most frequent words of the Swedish language as defined by Sprakbanken (the Language Bank), a data base published by the University of Gothenburg. In an appendix, the similarities between English and Swedish are explained from an historical perspective, and over 300 related words are presented. Each chapter in the book contains a short grammar section presenting essentials in Swedish morphology and syntax. All grammatical terms, except the most common ones, are explained. At the end of the book there is a grammar overview with definitions of concepts and references to relevant chapters. Exercises, encouraging students to practice their vocabulary and their ability to express themselves orally and in writing, are found in each chapte

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To Travel Hopelessly: Five Years of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (The Burnout Trilogy Book 1)

To Travel Hopelessly: Five Years of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (The Burnout Trilogy Book 1)

In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries.

From the neon-and-vomit-laden streets of Seoul to historic beer-soaked Prague, from a tropical island paradise in Thailand to an industrial hellhole of Post-Soviet Russia, English Teacher X describes, in raw and violent imagery, the life of an English teacher overseas, encountering dishonest and exploitative employers, degenerate colleagues, corrupt police, gold-hearted prostitutes and cold-hearted “English groupies”, with drugs and alcohol for all, while questing in vain for the Authentic Cultural Experience.

English Teacher X’s world serves as a cautionary tale for young people going overseas to teach, or a titillating taste of the many perks of the darker side of English teaching.

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