Tip, tricks and tools
Learning a new language in a foreign country can be tricky. Here are some tools, together with some tips and tricks, put together by The Local.
Whether you want to study in a classroom, or try and pick it up as you go by watching TV or listening to music or a podcast, here are some tools at your disposal:
- Readers reveal: The songs that will help get you to Swedish fluency fast
- The best podcasts for learning and perfecting your Swedish
- Swedish TV: Watch these series to understand Swedish society
- Six tips for learning Swedish without even being in Sweden
- How this Swedish band helped me learn the language
Vocabulary, phrases and grammar
A big part of learning a new language is expanding your vocabulary. Here’s a list of articles to read and tags to follow if you want to learn new Swedish words and phrases and impress the people around you with your extensive knowledge.
- The Local’s Word of the Day series: A somewhat random, but always interesting, series of words and phrases together updated a few times a week with the story of where they come from.
- Owls in the marsh? Nine animal idioms to level up your Swedish
- Six really short Swedish words that mean more than you think
- Why do so many Swedish slang words end in ‘is’?
- Lost in translation? Swedish words that don’t sound right in English.
The right words for the right situation
Learning all the vocabulary and phrases around a certain place or situation is a useful way to round out your language skills. Check out this section to learn how to talk about your problems in Swedish.
- How to think in Swedish: tänka, tro or tycka?
- Go to the forest! Swedish phrases to use when you’re angry
- How to talk about family in Swedish
- Coughs, colds and flu: What to say and do if you fall sick in Sweden
- The Swedish words you need to understand Sweden’s cost of living crisis
- The must-have vocab for buying a flat or house in Sweden
- The schoolyard slang you will need to understand your half-Swedish kids
It can be daunting to navigate life while trying to speak and understand a new language. Learning from others’ experiences is a great help on your journey to become a fluent speaker.