Swedish Learning Resource Round-up Posted by Liz S on Mar 25, 2022 in Grammar, Swedish Language, Vocabulary
Are you looking for Swedish learning resources outside of your regular textbook? Or just looking for a refresh of resources you already use? This blog will highlight several great resources for Swedish learners broken out by language level.
A Resource for Beginning Learners
After covering the basics of Swedish, a great way to increase your vocabulary is through reading. 8sidor is a fantasisk resource for learners as it presents Swedish and world news in a lättläst (easy to read) format. Readers can also listen to each article. There are topics to interest anyone with the sections Sverige (Sweden), Världen (the world), Sport (sports), Kultur, (culture), Vardags (everyday life), Krönika (opinion), and Alla väljare (all voters, summarizes important societal issues).
8sidor is a great way to get a quick rundown of the most important news from Sweden, på svenska. Another way to use the site is to read world news which you may already be familiar with in English in order to build your Swedish vocabulary around important current events. Recently, the site also started featuring Åtta frågor (eight questions) which is a trivia quiz about the past week’s news. It’s a fun way to test yourself on both current events AND your Swedish vocabulary, win-win!
I use the site regularly with my Swedish students, and recently featured an 8sidor article in this blog post about Sweden’s response to the war in Ukraine.
A Resource for Intermediate Learners
To continue building your listening skills as an intermediate learner, it’s important to….listen! Nyheter på lätt svenska (News in easy Swedish) is a great resource. In just five minutes, the program recaps the most important news stories every weekday – a perfect bite-size language exercise to build your Swedish learning habit. There are also subtitles so you can read along for some extra support while listening.
To test yourself, try watching without subtitles first and see how much you can follow along with. Then, turn on the Swedish subtitles while listening and see how much more you can understand. Working on learning how to talk about the weather? Each episode ends with the väderrapport (weather report) – perfect for practicing weather-related vocab!
Here comes another plug for reading as a great way to keep growing your vocabulary, especially after reaching an advanced level of Swedish. Reading from diverse genres and authors will expose you to lots of new categories of vocabulary. For example, reading deckare (detective novels) will present you with lots of words related to crime and investigations while reading a nonfiction book about eels will expose you to lots of vocabulary related to the ocean, science, and well, eels.
If you’re still gaining confidence in your Swedish reading, you can try a lättläst (easy to read/abridged) book. Here’s a list of titles available from LL-förlaget.
If you’re a seasoned Swedish reader looking for boktips (book tips), I recommend checking out the SVT program Babel, one of my all-time favorite shows. The show explores all things literary with host Jessica Gedin interviewing a handful of Swedish and international authors each week. Each episode also includes a discussion by the författarpanel (author panel) of a different literary topic as well as a visiting musical guest or poet who performs their work at the end. Babel is a fantastic way to keep up with what’s going on in the literary world of Sweden, and increase your vocabulary, perfect for all book and language nerds!
Tips! If you live in the US, it’s impossible to have books shipped here from any of the big book companies in Sweden. If you don’t have a kind Swedish friend to send you books, you can purchase e-böcker (e-books) widely such as at the website Bokon.
Grammatik / Uttal
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of svensk grammatik (Swedish grammar) or perhaps work on your uttal (pronunciation), there are a ton of great resources on YouTube. Many Svenska för invandrare (Sfi) (Swedish for immigrants) teachers in Sweden have created videos explaining grammatical concepts and pronunciation features of Swedish. Simply search for Sfi plus any grammar or pronunciation topic and you’ll find lots of videos.
One example is Peter SFI who has covered a wealth of topics on his channel. A couple of recent videos include Stavning och uttal (uttalsproblem) (Spelling and pronunciation (pronunciation problems) and Tänker, funderar, undrar (Think, ponder, wonder).
What are your favorite Swedish learning resources? Let us know in the comments!
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