A Swedish Language Course Introduction Contents of the Course Swedish Cultural Links Over 350,000 Hits! One of the 1003 Best Free Things on the Web, according to the 3/97 issue of Net Guide Magazine! No new lessons will be added until at least the spring of '07. In the meantime, please send any comments, corrections, or questions. Last updated August 26, 1999 (lessons); October 23, 2006 (links). Though I rarely modify the content, this site is still maintained. Introduction Svenska, as the Swedes call their language, is spoken by the approximately 8 million inhabitants of Sweden, as well as another 300,000 people in Finland. It belongs to the North Germanic sub-group of the Indo-European language family (English is in the West Germanic sub-group), which includes Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese. It is extremely similar to Danish and Norwegian, especially in written form. Its grammar and syntax are very similar to English, more so than German or French. Many Swedish words are easily recognizable by English speakers, and even more so by German speakers. So naturally, Swedish is a relatively easy language for English speakers to learn. Pronunciation is a little difficult at first, especially due to the vowels, and a beginner should listen to a native in order to get a good idea of the Swedish sounds. This course was designed for beginners and no previous knowledge of Swedish is assumed. However, the lessons may also be helpful for those people who have had previous experience and would like to improve their grammar or just simply practice or brush up. Contents Note: A graphical browser (netscape 2. or higher) is required in order to view the special Swedish characters.