Swedish Language Classes

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About Swedish Classes

Want to learn Swedish?


We offer classes designed for community members to learn the Swedish language. Classes meet once a week for 60 minutes over 6 weeks. Students will learn skills in reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. 

Classes are held virtually. Students will need a computer with a microphone, speakers and camera, internet access, and a Zoom account.


Classes will use the workbook Basic Swedish: A Grammar and Workbook by Ian Hinchliffe and Philip Holmes.

Enrollment is set at a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 20. Tell your friends! If classes don’t make enrollment they may be canceled. 

Upcoming Classes

  • Swedish 2 (Nov.-Dec. 2021)
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 01
    Dec 01, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    Learn Swedish with us!
  • Swedish 3 (Jan.-Feb. 2022)
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Jan 05
    Jan 05, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
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Alex Hart

Alex is a bachelor's graduate of the Swedish program at Augustana College. They have been intertwined with the language department's activities all throughout their attendance and beyond the diploma, having taken part in peer tutoring, hosting the Swedish language table, studying abroad in Jönköping, and more. Alex's passion for helping others further their own linguistic interest is paralleled with a background in anthropology and an appetite for the multi-cultural. They are very excited to be presenting these courses on Swedish for the community and hope that their knowledge and passion will help inspire others to keep learning about what interests them most.


Kimberly La Palm

With a Ph.D. from UCLA, Kimberly was an Assistant Professor in the Scandinavian Studies program at Augustana College and served as the Swenson Center's outreach coordinator. Now in Des Moines, Kimberly is the Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.

Class Descriptions

Are you learning Swedish before an upcoming trip to Sweden? Tracing your family lineage? Trying to read great-grandma's letters? Vocabulary and course content is tailored to you! Below are some examples of topics covered in each level.

Swedish 1

This class is designed for those completely new to Swedish.

In Swedish 1, students learn the Swedish alphabet and proper pronunciation. We cover basic sentence structure and vocabulary words, including an introduction to en and ett and definite nouns. Students learn to count and tell time as well as practice listening comprehension and speaking skills. 


Swedish 2

In Swedish 2, students learn proper word order, how to form questions, and how to use conjunctions. Words of quantity, colors, and more vocabulary and adjectives are added to your repertoire, including terms related to family lineage. Students practice using their new vocabulary in sentences. 

You don't need to have taken Swedish 1 with us to join. The book is still required for full comprehension of materials. 

Topics covered:

  • Demonstrative nouns

  • Personal adj. (den här, min, sin, sig)

  • Word order (the basics)

  • Family vocab

  • Colors

  • Words of quantity (ex. många vs mycket)

  • Helping verbs

  • Forming future tense and past tenses

  • Adverbs and question words

  • Sankta Lucia and Advent vocab

  • Holiday songs

  • Holiday vocab (Jul, Nyår)

  • Time for questions!


Swedish 3

This class is designed for those who took Swedish 1-2 with us already, or those who have some knowledge of Swedish and want to build on those skills. 

In Swedish 3, students add more vocabulary. Students increase their comprehension of written and spoken Swedish. 

Swedish 4

This class is designed for those who took Swedish 1-3 with us already, or those who have some knowledge of Swedish and want to build on those skills. 

In Swedish 4, students continue adding vocabulary and practicing more complex sentences in written and spoken Swedish. Students continue practicing listening comprehension and use their new vocabulary in conversation with other students. 


"I am very happy with Alex's approach. Alex has put discipline, rigour and system into my attempts to learn Swedish. She takes account of our individual needs in a very friendly but professional way. I can thoroughly recommend the course."


- P. K.

Swedish 1



Register for classes online (or by check or by phone with a credit card). Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment.



Students will be notified if the class is canceled and will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel your registration you need to do so at least 7 days in advance of the beginning of class and you will receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee. If you cancel within 7 days of the start of class or after the class has begun you will not receive a refund. 

Separate from Augustana College Classes

These classes are different from the Swedish language classes offered at Augustana College, but may be taught by the same faculty members. Augie students are welcome to sign up for the Swenson Center language classes, but they will not receive college credit and this class will not count toward the college language requirement.