Learning Swedish for free

If you’re going to study at Uppsala University I recommend you taking the Intensive Basic Swedish courses. If you’re a student at UU, these will be free. This course starts at the beginning of the August. Aside from these courses, there are other ways to learn some Swedish, for free!

  • First of all, download an app called Duolingo it’s a great way to practice and increase your vocabulary. This will also help you develop a feel for the Swedish language.
  • Sign up at learningswedish.se and practice with the alphabet, numbers, and phrases. This website has some great exercises to help you understand spoken Swedish.
  • If you like YouTube, go subscribe to Swedish vloggers! In vlogs people tend to use every day spoken language. You will come across phrases that are used in daily conversations and might not covered in a text book. Examples of Swedish Youtubers: Keyyo, Therese Lindgren, Sabina Decireé, Amir Akrouti, Josefine Olsson, Helen Torsgården, IJustWantToBeCool. (Nackagubben does not speak Swedish in his videos but does explain interesting Swedish words)
  • You can also listen to Swedish Podcasts.
  • 8Sidor is a real Swedish news site that uses very easy words.
  • On svtplay.se you can watch Swedish tv shows, however, you can only watch this if you’re actually in Sweden. As far as I know, you can’t watch any content outside of Sweden.






Swedish summer courses at Uppsala University

One of my reasons for coming to Uppsala early was for the summer courses offered by the University. They have officially started and are loads of fun! I’m in a class with about twenty other international students. It’s been interesting to hear where everyone’s from and what they’ll be studying in Uppsala.

The course is quite fast-paced, which I like. As a Dutch person, the pronunciations are quite difficult. But reading is easier, as I can sometimes guess words due to the similarities. Our teacher is really helpful and kind! It’s a very relaxed environment.

We have classes in the morning, so I have all the afternoons off. Which is nice, since I’ll still have a bit of vacation. Even though we do get some homework.

I have also moved into my own room. I have my own room with bathroom. I share the kitchen with other people living in the corridor. I’m still desperately looking for a cheap second-hand bike, but still without any luck! I’m too far away from the city center to walk, unfortunately. So I have been taking the bus. The buses are always on time, so it’s very reliable. However, taking the bus every day can get quite expensive. One trip costs 22kr.