Resources

Books, courses, apps, DVD's and more.

Many of them are free.

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Programmes / Mobile Apps

Duolingo – It's a free programme (but you can pay to have the ads removed).  Duolingo offers bite size lesson that teaches you to read, listen, write and speak.  

Rosetta Stone – You do have to pay for this programme but it can be good for those who like to learn through immersion as you will only hear and speak Swedish. Rosetta Stone helps you to improve pronunciation and build confidence through speech recognition software.  

Pimsleur – Although you will have to pay for the full course they are currently offering the first unit for free to see if you like their method of learning. With Pimselur the emphasis is on pronunciation, and on learning to speak Swedish.


Free online courses

Introduction to Swedish – To help you learn about the basics of Swedish grammar, word order, verb formation and the use of nouns, pronouns and adjectives. Free online course by Lund University.


Grammar Books

Essentials of Grammar – In one compact volume, 'Essentials Of Swedish Grammar' offers an integrated presentation of the major grammatical concepts needed for correct speech and writing in Swedish.

 

Swedish: An Essential Grammar – Provides a fresh and accessible description of the language. It is suitable for independent study or for class-based students. The explanations are free of jargon and emphasis has been placed in the areas of Swedish that pose a particular challenge for English-speaking learners.


Translations / Dictionaries

Google Translate – A free service which instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages.

Folkets Lexicon / The People's Dictionary – Anyone can look up words in the People's dictionary on the internet, and they say that this service will always be free.

Bab.la – Use the free English-Swedish dictionary to translate words. It also shows you the word in sentences so that you can see how the word can be used. 


Help with pronounciation

Forvo – This is a free website which is useful if you want to learn, or confirm how a word is pronounced.  Type the word into their search bar and listen to a native speaker pronouncing it for you. 


Flashcards

Ankiweb – This is a free flashcard program that helps you to remember words and phrases. You can either create your own flashcards or download existing ones.


Swedish News

Sverigesradio.se - A free website which reports on Sweden and Swedish news in 6 languages every weekday. They also provide a news service and daily podcast with Swedish news in Swedish for beginners, for those that have just started to learn the language. 

8sidor.se - A free website where you can read and listen to the news in simple Swedish. 

 


Swedish TV Series / Movies

Welcome to Sweden – A comedy series about an American who moves to Sweden to be with his Swedish girlfriend.

Wallander – A Swedish crime drama series, based on the best-selling detective series by Henning Mankell.

The Fjällbacka Murders – A Swedish drama series about a crime writer.  Set in the fishing town of Fjällbacka, Sweden. (Swedish, with English subtitles).

Thicker Than Water - A Swedish drama series about three siblings whose mother owns a hotel in the Aaland Islands.


Swedish Guide Books

 

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Sweden – Full-colour guide with information on places to visit, hotel and restaurant recommendations, and insider tips.

The Rough Guide to Sweden – Colour travel guide with maps,  descriptions of Sweden's hotels, hostels, restaurants and bars, for all budgets. Also includes practical advice on what to see and do in Sweden.


Swedish-English Dictionary - Over 50,000 entries, phonetic transcriptions, and codes for inflections on nouns, adjectives, and verbs.

Swedish Dictionaries

 

 

Berlitz: Swedish Pocket Dictionary - With 16,000 core words this pocket sized book is suitable for language learners, students, business people and travellers.