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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. All classes meet at the Club, except

Fill out a registration form and return it to Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109.

One of our instructors, Laura Wideburg, literally wrote the book for once-a-week language students. In fact, she's written six of them. They're the textbooks for several of our classes—get yours today!
  • Beginning I–IV: Start with no Swedish at all and work through Swedish: The Basics. Pronunciation, basic grammar, basic conversation, etc. At the end of the year, students should know about 1,500 words/phrases and how to use them in sentences. IV is offered in summer to review and fill the gap between classes.
  • Intermediate I–III: Work through Swedish: Beyond the Basics. Review and build on Swedish vocabulary, grammar and conversation. Beginning and Intermediate add up to a year of college-level studies and a vocabulary of 3,000–4,000 words.
  • Pre-Advanced: Between Intermediate and Advanced. Activities and readings lead to more competence in conversation and at least another 2,000 words.
  • Advanced: Read Swedish-language books over two quarters.
  • Expert: Equivalent of the last year in college. Students usually can read a book in just nine weeks and carry on conversations.

Summer 2017 Schedule

Students: Download class materials here
Beginning Swedish I
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 20–Aug. 22 (no class July 4)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Start with the basics! In this class we start with the basic word Tack and its variations, and move through nouns and present-tense verbs—to end with ordering a sandwich and a slice of princess cake (prinsesstårta). Covers the book from the beginning to Chapter 3.

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

$82 blue card Club members, $94 general public

Beginning Swedish III
Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 19–Aug. 21 (no class July 3)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Continuing from Beginning Swedish I. We will cover shopping, traveling and talking with friends!

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg, Chapters 4–7 (please purchase before class begins)

$89 blue card Club members, $112 general public

Beginning Swedish IV
Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 19–Aug. 21 (no class July 3)
Instructors: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D., and Catharina Lundin

Reviewing the basics and learning about Swedish geography, history and culture. For those who don’t want to forget their Swedish over the summer after taking Beginning Swedish III, or those who want to review Swedish before starting an Intermediate class.

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

$89 blue card Club members, $112 general public

Intermediate Swedish IV
Section A: Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 20–Aug. 22 (no class July 4)
Section B: Tuesdays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 20–Aug. 22 (no class July 4)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Students will finish Beyond the Basics and be preparing conversation for visits to Sweden. By the end of this class, students will have learned about 3, 500 words from the entire Beginning and Intermediate series and be ready for polite and familiar interactions with Swedish-speaking people.

Text: Instructor will provide 

$89 blue card Club members, $112 general public

Expert Swedish A
Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 19–Aug. 21 (no class July 3)
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M.Ed.

For those just starting the Expert level! An easy Swedish novel will be chosen by the teacher, and the class will focus on conversation and discussion. Completion of Advanced III is recommended. På svenska!

Text: Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren

$89 blue card Club members, $112 general public

Expert Swedish B
Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 19–Aug. 21 (no class July 3)
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M.Ed.

För dig som kan svenska! 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.

$89 blue card Club members, $112 general public

Conversational Swedish
Fridays, noon–1 p.m., June 23–Aug. 18
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig Boczar

Focus on spoken Swedish and general conversation skills. Must have taken at least Beginning Swedish III in order to make the most from this class. Contemporary topics and day-to-day life. A great way to brush up your speaking skills before a trip to Sweden!

$59 blue card Club members, $79 general public; $10 per drop-in session

Meet Your Teachers

Laura Wideburg

Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Laura () is the Club’s lead teacher in the Swedish language program. After teaching German, French and Swedish for 20 years at University of Illinois, University of Washington, Bellevue College, Discover U and the Scandinavian Language Institute, Laura finally arrived at her language-teaching home. “The Swedish language is my passion,” Laura says.

She has written a book for evening-class Swedish language learners at the Club—Swedish: The Basics, which was published five years ago and is now in its fifth edition. As the program grew from 30 to 60 to 90 students, she added another book, Swedish: Beyond the Basics for intermediate students. “My students have contributed to the books and to the development of the classes,” she says. “I teach to allow people to develop an interest not just in the language but also the culture and the way English and Swedish, as language cousins, developed over time.”

Laura has a Ph.D. in medieval German literature and historical linguistics from the UW. She works as a Swedish/English translator and has translated over 15 books, mostly crime novels. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two children and two cats.
Pia Nystrom

Pia Nyström, M.Ed.

Pia (), a native Swede, has a Master of Education degree in Swedish and English from Stockholm University, and is working on her bachelor’s degree in teaching Swedish as a second language, at Dalarnas Högskola. In Sweden, she worked as a language teacher and taught Swedish and English for sixth to ninth graders. She moved to Seattle in 2009 and started teaching Swedish for the Club in spring 2014.

In addition to teaching for the Swedish Club, she also teaches the oldest children at the Swedish School (Svenska Skolföreningen) on Sundays. Pia loves teaching and feels fortunate that she has been able to work as a teacher here. She has recorded all the texts in Laura Wideburg’s books and made them available to the students, for an additional opportunity to practice their Swedish. Pia tries to make her lessons fun, with a mix of reading, grammar, games and other activities. She has three grown children, and lives with her husband and three dogs in Sammamish.
Berit Lehner

Berit Lehner

Berit () was born and raised in Stockholm. After completing college, she came to the United States to work as an au pair. Now retired, she spent most of her professional years in the insurance business. Berit travels back to Sweden and other parts of Europe every other year to visit friends and family and keep up with what’s happening.

Berit reads extensively in Swedish. She is the lead volunteer for the Club’s library, co-founded our book club and conceived the annual Swedes Read Book Sale. She also helped to edit Laura Wideburg’s book Swedish: The Basics. She teaches a drop-in language class every Thursday. Her students craft the curriculum for every session, which can vary from translating or writing letters to discussing current events to learning vocabulary. Berit and her husband have two sons and two grandsons, and live in Seattle with their Chesapeake Bay retriever.

Catharina Lundin

Catharina, a regular teacher in the Club’s Swedish language classes, moved here in 2002 from Stockholm and has been involved ever since at the Swedish School (Svenska Skolföreningen) for children on Sundays at the Club. She also teaches Swedish online for Rosetta Stone. Previously she worked for Ericsson in Sweden. “I really enjoy meeting new people and teaching them Swedish,” says Catharina. “I’m amazed how big the interest is here in Seattle for learning Swedish. I always try to do something fun during my classes.” Catharina lives in Sammamish with her husband, three children, a dog and a bird.

Carina Hurtig Boczar

Carina () is teaching Swedish classes in Redmond for the Swedish Club. She was born, raised and educated in Sweden. Her career path in Sweden included production and photography, but since moving to the U.S. Carina has been teaching Swedish to children for the Swedish School (Svenska Skolföreningen) on Sundays at the Club. She also substitutes for other instructors in the evening and for the Friday conversation class. She and her husband have two children and live in Redmond.

Scandinavian Folk Dancing Class & Dance Party

Patrick McMonagle teaches Scandinavian folk dancing and German Zwiefacher dances on the second 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: Club members $7, public $9.

Weaving Classes

Tuesdays, Mar. 14–Apr. 4. Beginning Weaving Classes. “From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 2 to 4 p.m. Download the registration form and bring it to the first class with your payment.