Is Swedish hard to learn?

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One extremely frequent question, that we at Say it in Swedish get, is: Is Swedish hard to learn? To get an answer to that, you must first know how much time you’ve got to learn, what proficiency level you want to achieve, basically what you need Swedish for, and what Swedish really is.

What is Swedish?

Swedish is a language that is spoken in Sweden and some of Finland. It is a small language but, despite that, it is really important: You can use it to get by in the whole of Scandinavia. It is one of the top 10 languages in which most books are printed, it is spoken in a region of the world which has many excellent universities, that is advancing in technology, medicine, movie production, game production and music. Lots of people want to go to Sweden because of its openness, tolerance and breath-taking scenery.

Why should I speak Swedish?

If you know Swedish, you can comfortably speak to someone from Norway, Denmark and Finland. The North Germanic languages were dialects of a common language and they still have the same structure. Not much has happened. You can even get by in Iceland, since there they all learn an additional Peninsula-Scandinavian language besides Icelandic, a language which is pretty much incomprehensible for other Scandinavians. If you look at it that way, Swedish isn’t so small after all. In the end, you can communicate with over 20 million people!

The region around the Baltic Sea is gaining more and more economic importance, so if you want to go to Scandinavia, you should learn a Scandinavian language. You should do that even though Scandinavians, Swedes in particular, speak excellent English. In addition, it shows respect to the citizens of any country if you can speak their language. You immediately appear more sympathetic than just an ignorant tourist. If you are in Sweden on business, learning the language will also help you gain an advantage in negotiations if you speak Swedish. Even if it’s only on an introductory level.

So, is Swedish hard to learn?

The answer is: Not at all! If you speak English, you already speak a Germanic language. Swedish has a similar structure as English. You already know words like smorgosbord and ombudsman. Let us help you with the rest!

With Say It In Swedish you learn immediately from native speakers. The site is not run by a huge company with a one size fits it all concept. We’ll take care of you here and you can always ask our native speakers for help. Learn your way!

Karte über Schweden
Family North Germanic (like Danish, Norwegian, Icelandish)
Spoken in Sweden, Finland, Åland
Speakers ~11 million people
Understood by ~22 million people

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