You may think that learning a language when surrounded by lots of people speaking that language would be easy… but it’s not. One of the biggest obstacles to learning Swedish is that most Swede’s speak English. Not only is it easy for them to switch over to English, but even more so, it is easy for an English speaker to give up and stop trying to speak Swedish.
It is true that learning a language in country where no one speaks your language might be easier. It forces you to learn in order to communicate.
While this might not be the case for Sweden, there are still many upsides to learning the language. You just have to be willing to put some time and effort into it. And, of course, maybe embarrass yourself a few times for saying the wrong word that may mean something completely different than you intended.
Here are seven reasons to learn some Swedish!
- You can have a secret language with the Swede’s that other international students may not understand if they don’t study as well. Who doesn’t want to have a secret language
- If you want to dive into some true Swedish culture than knowledge of the language is a must. Swedish music, poetry, movies or tv programs offer great ways to get to know more about Swedish culture.
- If you are dreaming of dating a Swede some knowledge of Swedish is helpful. A great way to break the ice and start a conversation is to show off your Swedish skills!
- It is an important way to gain some insider information. If you come to Sweden and don’t want to be treated like a tourist or simply want to get something different from a tourist experience than learn some Swedish!
- If you ever plan to work in Sweden a strong command of the language is crucial. While there are a few jobs in Sweden for English speakers, they are very few and some Swedish is usually required. Learn Swedish and get a great job!
- It keeps your mind strong and healthy. Learning a second, third or even fourth language is very challenging and very stimulating for your brain.
- You will without a doubt gain some sort of personal satisfaction after having that first conversation in Swedish. It is a challenging language and nothing will make you feel better than conquering it!
As an international student it is pretty easy to find courses available while you study in Sweden. Most of the Universities offer night courses to help all of us English speakers at least get a basic knowledge.
If your school doesn’t offer Swedish as a second language don’t fret. The municipalities run courses for free for people with a personal number (if you are studying for over one year). There are also many other study associations which offer courses in Swedish for a fee.
If you really want to experience Swedish culture, meet some Swede’s and have the best experience possible while you are here, learning Swedish is a must!