Swedish Language Classes

Are you taking a trip to Sweden? Or maybe you want to keep up your Swedish language skills you learned earlier. Whatever your motivation, you are invited to take Swedish language classes. Classes are offered year round, including beginning, intermediate and advanced Swedish. Costs vary. Average class size is eight to 12 students. Download your registration form and bring it to your first class.

One of our instructors, Laura Wideburg, literally wrote the book for once-a-week language students. In fact, she's written two of them: Swedish: The Basics and Swedish: Beyond the Basics. They're the textbooks for several of our classes—get yours today!

Summer 2013 Schedule

Beginning Swedish I
Tuesdays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 18–Aug. 13
Instructors: Jennifer Hawkins and Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Swedish is the most beautiful language in the world! Start with the very basics—alphabet, numbers, greetings—and move to simple conversation.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg, beginning to Chapter 3 (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Beginning Swedish III/IV
Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 17–Aug. 12
Instructors: Jennifer Hawkins and Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Continuing from Beginning Swedish II. We will cover holidays, restaurants and more extensive conversation. Review Chapter 7 to the end of Swedish: The Basics.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Intermediate Swedish III/IV
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 18–Aug. 13
Instructors: Jennifer Hawkins and Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Continuation of Intermediate II. Students will converse, read and write in Swedish. There is a review of basic grammar as well as in-depth coverage of more complicated structures. Students will be expected to start communicating to one another in Swedish while in the classroom, in order to handle real-life longer conversations with Swedish-speaking people as well as being able to read shorter texts in modern Swedish.

Text: Swedish: Beyond the Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Advanced Swedish
Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 17–Aug. 12
Instructors: Jennifer Hawkins and Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

This class is held primarily in Swedish, and students are expected to read a Swedish novel in nine weeks. The class focuses on conversation, grammar review and reading/discussion of a novel chosen by the previous Advanced Swedish class. We have lots of fun and lots of laughs—in Swedish, of course.

Text: Form i Fokus Del C, novel chosen by class

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Conversational Swedish
Fridays, noon–1 p.m., June 21–Aug. 16
Instructors: Jennifer Hawkins and Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Spend your Friday lunch hour in Swedish conversation! Students are encouraged to discuss the theme of the day, but the conversation flows the way any normal conversation would.

$55 Members, $75 General Public

Spring 2013 Schedule

Beginning Swedish I
Section 1: Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (No Class May 27)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2: Saturdays, 9–10:30 a.m., Apr. 6–June 8 (No Class May 25)
Instructors: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hawkins

Swedish is one of the world’s most beautiful languages, and it is easier to learn than French or German! This class will start from the absolute basics and introduce practical knowledge with focused instruction and much humor. You will learn pronunciation, greetings and sentence formation to be able to say what you want to say when speaking with Swedish friends and relatives or preparing for a trip to Sweden.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Beginning Swedish II
Section 1: Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (No Class May 27)
Instructor: Jennifer Hawkins

Section 2: Thursdays, 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 4–May 30
Instructor: Jennifer Hawkins

Continuing from Beginning Swedish I. We will cover shopping, traveling and more conversation! Review Swedish: The Basics, chapters 4 to 7.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Beginning Swedish III
Section 1: Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (No Class May 27)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2: Thursdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 4–May 30
Instructor: Jennifer Hawkins

Continuing from Beginning Swedish II. We will cover holidays, restaurants and more extensive conversation. Review Swedish: The Basics, chapter 7 to the end.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Brush Up Your Swedish with Berit! Drop-in Class
Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m., Apr. 4–May 30
Instructor: Berit Lehner

Drop in and focus on exactly what you want to learn! Berit is there to take your questions and give you answers and the specific practice you need!

Per drop-in session: $10 Members, $12 General Public

Intermediate Swedish II
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 2–May 28
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Continuation of Intermediate I. Students will converse, read and write in Swedish. Includes a review of basic grammar as well as in-depth coverage of more complicated structures. Students will be expected to communicate with one another in Swedish while in the classroom. The goal is to learn to handle longer real-life conversations with Swedish speakers and read shorter texts in modern Swedish.

Text: Swedish: Beyond the Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Intermediate Swedish III
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 2–May 28
Instructor: Jennifer Hawkins

Conclusion of the Intermediate Series. Class is almost entirely in Swedish. Preparation for the advanced reading skills and fluent conversation that will be required in Advanced Swedish.

Text: Swedish: Beyond the Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Advanced Swedish
Mondays 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (No Class May 27)
Instructor: Jennifer Hawkins

This class is held primarily in Swedish, and students are expected to be able to read a Swedish novel in nine weeks. The class will focus on conversation, grammar review and reading/discussion of a novel chosen by the previous Advanced Swedish class. We also have lots of fun and lots of laughs–in Swedish, of course.

Text: Form i Fokus Del C, Swedish novel chosen by previous class

$75 Members, $95 General Public

Conversational Swedish
Fridays, 12–1 p.m., Apr. 5–May 31
Instructors: Jennifer Hawkins and Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Spend your Friday lunch hour in Swedish conversation! Students are encouraged to discuss the theme of the day, but the conversation flows the way a normal conversation would.

$55 Members, $75 General Public


Classes are small (5–8 students) and meet at the Swedish Cultural Center. If these times do not work for you, we may be able to offer a class at another time. For more information, call 206-283-1090 or contact Laura Wideburg

Scandinavian Folk Dancing Class & Dance Party

Patrick McMonagle teaches Scandinavian folk dancing and German Zwiefacher dances on the fourth Friday evening of every month. Come with or without a partner, with or without experience! Informal dance class at 7:30 and sometimes instruction is sprinkled throughout the evening too. If you only want to dance, come at 8 p.m. ! Cost: SCC members $7, public $9.