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Swedish

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 8,311,739

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

Spoken in:
 

Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, United Arab Emirates, United States

 

History:
 
Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken mainly in Sweden and Finland, and also in Estonia, Norway, Canada and the USA. It is closely related to Norwegian and Danish and is mutually intelligible with them to a large extent, particularly in its written form.

 

Finland was ruled by Sweden from the 12th century until 1809 and during that period, Swedish was the main language of government and education there. Today Finnish and Swedish have equal status as official languages in Finland.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

DVDs

 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 
Audio Tracks Swedish, English
Subtitles English
Running Time 152 min
Rating R

 
Let the Right One In

 
Audio Tracks Swedish, English
Subtitles English
Running Time 115 min
Rating R

Software


Pimsleur Swedish - Phase 1

Swedish Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. With Pimsleur, you'll begin with the basics - saying hello, asking for directions, or ordering a meal. By the end of the program, you'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Web-Based Resources

 
BBC Languages — Swedish

BBC Language is an online base language learning software that offers resources for Chinese, Spanish, French, English, and many more languages. Learn the basics of 36 different languages and the culture as well!

 
Global Road Warrior

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