Editors Choice – Best Swedish Language Books

Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken by more than 10 million people in Sweden and Finland, but its influence has grown well beyond the country’s Scandinavian borders. Swedish is studied as a second language by over 40,000 language learners around the world. The Swedish language is not only the official language of Sweden but is also widely-spoken in Finland where it is also an official language alongside Finnish.

Linguists say learning the Swedish language can open the door to understanding other Scandinavian languages like Danish and Norwegian. Swedish is the most widely-spoken of the Scandinavian languages, and Swedish culture enjoys notoriety around the world from the aesthetically clean designs of IKEA and H&M fashion to music superstars such as ABBA and Roxette. Sweden is also an increasingly popular travel destination, especially for people looking to study abroad, and the language is in high demand.

With over twenty-five years of experience building successful language learning programs, Rosetta Stone helps you start your language learning journey by focusing on an immersive learning environment that prepares Swedish language learners to thrive in conversations that don’t follow a script.

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Why is Swedish an important language to learn?

The people in Sweden pay close attention to details, which is why it is such a fascinating country.  Imagine traveling to a destination that is known for shorter workdays, almost zero waste, and preserved wilderness that is waiting to be explored.  Historical artifacts are everywhere, although to truly appreciate them and the culture, you must know the language.  Swedish is spoken by just over nine million people, and while most of them live in Sweden, you will find people speaking this language in other parts of the world.  Swedish is part of the Old Norse language, which makes it similar to both Norwegian and Dutch.  Therefore, once you learn one, you will have an easier time learning the other two.

Sweden is one of the best places for expats, which is why there are so many of them living there.  While you can learn the language for any reason at all, most people will choose to learn it so they can live and work over in Sweden for a while.  Of course, you will definitely want to learn Swedish so you can communicate with the locals, especially when you need to ask for directions or find out where the best place to grab a meal is.  They will definitely be impressed when they hear you talking in Swedish, so use that to your advantage and bask in the glow of your accomplishments. Yes, they do speak English, so don’t be afraid to let them know if you can’t remember a word in their language, they will be more than happy to help you out.

Learn to speak Swedish

Swedish Level 1 Program – 5 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Get a chance to test drive the incredibly effective and efficient, world-famous Pimsleur Level 1 Program. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Swedish and communicate confidently with others? Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Swedish will equip you with the skills you need to use Swedish in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way.

From English to Swedish 1 & 2 is a series of textbooks for English speaking students who would like to learn Swedish. The first book covers level A1 and the second book level A2 of the European CEFR-scale. Unlike most Swedish textbooks they provide vocabulary lists, grammar explanations, and text commentaries in English.

Compact, clear, and packed with key words and phrases to help conversation, this pocket-sized Swedish phrasebook and dictionary from Berlitz’s trusted language experts (with free app) is a trusty travel companion, and all you need to make yourself understood – and to understand others – when you’re out and about in Sweden.