SWEDISH

About

With over 9 million native speakers Swedish takes the title for the most spoken Scandinavian language. Even though most Swedish speakers reside in Sweden, Swedish is actually a co-official language in Finland alongside Finnish. Although famous for its musical or sing-song type sound, Swedish is classified as an easier language for native English speakers and conjugating verbs is especially simple. At the same time though, people looking to learn Swedish with be faced with some unusual grammar, such as when definite articles are suffixed to nouns and create one word. For example, 'a book' in Swedish is 'en bok' but 'the book'turns into 'boken'. These minor grammar differences should be no deterrent to learning this beautiful language though!


Online Resources

FSI Swedish is a course provided by the Foreign Service Institute

Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer Swedish. Check out the review here.

Learning Swedish requires registration but was created by the Swedish Institute, which promotes Swedish language learning abroad.

Go Swedish is a small video series which also has a phone application too.

Digitala Spåret is a beginners course in Swedish


Online News

Sydsvenskan

Goteborgs-Posten

Dagens Nyheter


Top Products

Pimsleur Swedish Conversational Course
Pimsleur is an all audio program for language learning. The Swedish Conversational course has 16 lessons, each 30 minutes long, for a total of 8 hours. If you like the method you can graduate and buy the full version, which is significantly more expensive.

Swedish: An Elementary Grammar Reader
This book is an excellent resource for learning Swedish. It uses a graded reading system and introduces vocabulary and grammar along the way. There are 17 lessons and the learner also gets an insight into Swedish life and culture.

201 Swedish Verbs
This book presents 201 Swedish verbs conjugated in all their tenses. It is a good tool for learning some of the most essential and important Swedish verbs.

From English to Swedish 1
This book covers level A1 for the CEFR. The book follows the story of an exchange student to Sweden and includes 1,500 words, grammar overviews, and exercises.

Essentials of Swedish Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Swedish
A popular resource for learning Swedish grammar to help with reading, writing, and speaking skills.


Where Can I Study It?

University of Washington offers a BA in Swedish

University of California - Berkeley offers a BA in Scandinavian Studies - Swedish

University of Wisconsin - Madison offers a BA in Scandinavian Studies - Swedish

Folkuniversitetet has online paid Swedish courses through a Swedish adult school


Famous Speakers

Alfred Nobel
This inventor left his estate to establish the system of Nobel prizes.

Stieg Larsson
Larsson wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.

ABBA
One of the most successful bands in history.

Carl Linnaeus
Linnaeus, a botanist, established binomial nomenclature , or the system of naming living things.

Tomas Transtromer
One of many great Swedes who received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He recieved his prize in 2011.


Cultural Products

Modern-Day Vikings: A Pracical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes
This book zooms in on Swedish culture and examines Swedish values and their way of life. Ideal for students and professionals alike who want or need to get proper insight into how things work in Sweden.

Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break
Typically, in cold environments, people like to drink coffee and Sweden is no exception. In Sweden, the daily coffee breaks known as fika usually include tasty treats and this book delivers 50 of them.

Culture Smart - Sweden
Culture Smart has many books spanning many countries and cultures. This text attempts to communicate a wide range of important topics, including: traditions, customs, social and cultural life, do's and don'ts, business practices, and even eating and drinking.