Why learn to speak Swedish?
Swedish is the official language of Sweden with a population of 10 million native speakers. It is also closely related to the other two Scandinavian languages: Danish and Norwegian. By knowing Swedish, you will have a pretty good understanding of those languages as well.
If you have a Swedish family connection such as a spouse, parent, grandparent, etc, you may enjoy (and they may appreciate) it if you are able to speak and understand their language.
Understanding basic Swedish is also helpful when traveling to Sweden for business or pleasure. Although many (but not all) people in Sweden understand and speak English, it is nice and saves time to be able to read road signs, restaurant menus and public transportation signs without assistance.
Intro to Swedish
This course starts from the very beginning; no previous knowledge is assumed. The focus of this class will be on real-life language use, and the acquisition of the four skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The course will also place great emphasis on intercultural knowledge development right alongside the 4 skills. Vocabulary is practiced extensively, guidance to proper pronunciation will also be offered. As with natural language learning, sentence structure (aka ‘grammar’) is learned in situations as needed in order to complete communicative tasks. By the end of this course you should be able to understand and be understood in a variety of basic situations.
Passport to Sweden
This short course is very practical for travelers to Sweden. The course will provide you with day-to-day basic survival conversational skills. You will learn cultural norms, faux pas to avoid, and mannerisms to pick up. You will also learn to be comfortable reading signs, ordering at a restaurant, asking for directions, shopping, and using public transportation.
Schedule & Enrollment
* Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is below four students.
* Class registration deadline is one week prior to scheduled start date.
* Textbooks are not included.