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Swedish: The Basics Swedish: More Basics Swedish: Beyond the Basics Swedish: Becoming Fluent Swedish: Becoming Fluent Step 2 Swedish: Becoming Fluent Step 3 My Family in Swedish History
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.

During the coronavirus pandemic, most classes are online only. E-mail for information and video links.

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 and Swedish: More 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.
  • Advanced: Bring your Swedish to 5,000 words with Becoming Fluent Step One, Step Two and Step Three.
  • Expert: Various levels. C is the highest level for the most fluent.

Summer 2021 Schedule

 
Students: Download class materials here
Culture Class: Contemporary Sweden
Online; 25-student limit

Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m., June 21–Aug. 2 (no class July 5)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

What’s going on in Sweden today? A look at the issues facing contemporary Sweden: environment, politics, culture. Updated from three years ago with new statistics and information. No text. Taught in English.

$75 members and general public

Simply Swedish!
Online; 16-student limit

Mondays, 7–8 p.m., June 21–July 19 (no class July 5)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Four 1-hour sessions of Swedish so you can dip your toe in Swedish pronunciation, basic greetings and phrases. An excellent way to get going before starting the Beginning series in the fall!

$50 members and general public

Beginning Swedish I
In person at the Club

Fridays, 10:30–noon, June 25–Aug. 20
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Swedish is a beautiful language! Starting with basic greetings and the alphabet, we will work with nouns, pronouns and verbs with themes like the family and buying coffee and cake. Start your Swedish journey here with us!

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Beginning Swedish III
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 28–Aug. 30 (no class July 6)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Wednesdays, 5:30–7 p.m., June 23–Aug. 18
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Finish your journey with the Basics! We will cover the last third of the book and finish with Midsommar, a trip to a restaurant and a kaffekalas! Deponent, passive and reflexive verbs complete basic grammar. A sample letter will give you tips on communicating across the miles in Swedish. You will be encouraged to end the class with a letter written to a Swedish friend or relative.

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Beginning Swedish IV
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m., June 28–Aug. 30 (no class July 5)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 7:45–9:15 p.m., June 22–Aug. 17
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 3
Online; 14-student limit

Thursdays, 4:30–6 p.m., June 24–Aug. 19
Instructor: Carina Hurtig Bozcar

Short passages in Swedish on nature, geography, history, culture and food! This class is a review class for all who want to keep practicing their basic Swedish over the summer while building a wider vocabulary on Swedish-based themes. This stand-alone class is a good review before entering an Intermediate-level class.

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Intermediate Swedish III
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 5–6:30 p.m., June 29–Aug. 24
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 12-student limit

Fridays, 1:30–3 p.m., July 2–Aug. 27
Instructors: Carina Hurtig Boczar and Catharina Lundin

Finishing the Intermediate series with the themes of finding your way in a Swedish town, tourism, genealogy and a fun marriage celebration to top it off. Building vocabulary and a review of the entire language to end the Intermediate series.

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

My Family in Swedish History
Section 1 (Advanced Level)
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 22–Aug. 17

Section 2 (Intermediate Level)
In person

Thursdays, 5:30–7 p.m., June 24–Aug. 19

Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

A stand-alone class at the high Intermediate and early Advanced levels. This class jumps off with the Vikings and ends with people coming to Sweden and leaving for America as part of the modern Great Migration.

Text: My Family in Swedish History (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Expert Swedish A.i (First-Level Expert)
Online; 14-student limit

Fridays, 10–11:30 a.m., July 2–Aug. 27
Instructors: Carina Hurtig Boczar and Catharina Lundin

Developing vocabulary to increase fluency while reading a combination of stories and factual texts will help you become fluent in your Swedish! Completed three years of Swedish at the Club or two years college level Swedish required. This class is taught mostly in Swedish!

Texts: Utvandrarna (by Vilhelm Moberg), Lättläst version by Per Lekvall and Mål 2 from Natur och Kultur

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Expert Swedish A.iv (Second-Level Expert)
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 21–Aug. 23 (no class July 5)
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M.E.

Keep going with Swedish! This class is for students who have finished the Advanced level (or two years at the college level, or equivalent) who are able to read well in Swedish and are ready for a class taught entirely in Swedish.

Text: TBD

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Expert Swedish C (Top-Level Expert)
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 21–Aug. 23 (no class July 5)
Instructor: Pia Nyström. M.E.
Text: TBD

Section 2
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 28–Aug. 30 (no class July 5)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Texts: Små citroner gula by Kajsa Ingemarsson and Nya Mål 3 Övningsbok from Natur och Kultur

För dig som redan kan flytande svenska men vill förbättra dina kunskaper! This class is at the top of our language pyramid for those who want to delve into Swedish at a high level of conversation and reading. A Swedish book is read during these nine weeks.
På svenska, förstås! This class is taught entirely in Swedish.

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Conversational Swedish
Section 1: Intermediate to Advanced
In person

Thursdays, 7:15–8:15 p.m., June 24–Aug. 19
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2: Expert
Online; 12-student limit

Fridays, noon to 1 p.m., July 2–Aug. 27

Instructors: Carina Hurtig Boczar and Catharina Lundin

Come practice your spoken Swedish! Topics vary by student interest and current events. Laughs guaranteed in a welcoming atmosphere! Requirements: Beg III or above.

$70 blue card members, $75 general public


Spring 2021 Schedule

 
Students: Download class materials here
Culture Class: Scandinavian Mythology

Section 1
Online; 20-student limit

Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m., Apr. 5–May 10

Section 2
Online; 20-student limit

Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Apr. 7–May 12

Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

The Bronze Age peoples who became the Scandinavians developed a mythology that lasted well into the Middle Ages and has influenced and inspired artists from Wagner to Tolkien to George R.R. Martin. Although the religion itself as practiced in the Viking Age is no longer with us, the stories are familiar, and are even etched into the names of the days of the week. This class will look at the archaeological remnants of this belief system, our understanding of its development and the books written in Iceland during the Middle Ages that kept our knowledge of this religion alive. No text; taught in English.

$75 members and general public

Simply Swedish
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, 6:45–8:15 p.m., Apr. 5–May 10

Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Very basic Swedish. If you want to dip your toe into the Swedish language, if you want a review of the basic phrases and pronunciations, if you want a foundation to undergird starting Beginning I in the fall or if you just need a few phrases to be polite when visiting relatives, this short course on Swedish greetings, the alphabet, pronunciation and prosody is a great choice! No Text. Taught in English and simple Swedish.

$75 members and general public

Beginning Swedish II
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 6–June 1

Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 14-student limit

Wednesdays, 5:30–7 p.m., Apr. 7–June 2
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Moving through the basics. Shopping, colors, time expressions and traveling are some of the themes as you build vocabulary and learn more about Swedish verbs, adjectives and adverbs. We cover Chapters 4 through 6 in this class.

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Beginning Swedish III
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m., Apr. 5–June 7 (no class May 31)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 14 student limit

Tuesdays, 7:45–9:15 p.m., Apr. 6–June 1
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 3
Online; 14-student limit

Thursdays, 4:30–6 p.m., Apr. 8–June 1
Instructor: Carina Hurtig Boczar

Finish your journey with the basics! We will cover the last third of the book and finish with Midsommar, a trip to a restaurant and a kaffekalas! Deponent, passive and reflexive verbs complete basic grammar. A sample letter will give you tips on communicating across the miles in Swedish. You will be encouraged to end the class with a letter written to a Swedish friend or relative.

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Intermediate Swedish II
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 5–6:30 p.m., Apr. 6–June 1
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 14-student limit

Fridays, 1:30–3 p.m., Apr. 9–June 4
Instructor: Carina Hurtig Boczar and Catharina Lundin

Moving through the Intermediate series with a focus on vocabulary building and Swedish expressions. Love, illness and health, the body, sports and friendship are some of the themes covered as you progress through the chapters. Keep building your strength in Swedish!

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Intermediate Swedish III
Online; 14-student limit

Thursdays, 5:30–7 p.m., Apr. 8–June 3
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Finishing the intermediate series with the themes of finding your way in a Swedish town, tourism, genealogy and a fun marriage celebration to top it off. Building vocabulary and a review of the entire language to end the Intermediate series.

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

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Advanced Swedish III
Online; 14-student limit

Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 6–June 1
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Take your Swedish to the next level! We are using the third book in the Advanced series to add more vocabulary, more conversation, more practice as your fluency improves. The text is read from beginning to end. Preparing for Expert fluency and classes taught entirely in Swedish.

Text: Swedish: Becoming Fluent, Step 3 by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Advanced Swedish VI
Online; 14-student limit

Fridays, 10–11:30 a.m., Apr. 9–June 4
Instructors: Carina Hurtig Boczar and Catharina Lundin

Developing vocabulary to increase fluency while reading a combination of stories and factual texts will help you become fluent in your Swedish! Completed three years of Swedish at the Club or two years college level Swedish required. This class is taught mostly in Swedish!

Text: Mål 2 and Mål 2 Övningsbok (optional) (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Expert Swedish A
Online/in person; 14-student limit

Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 5–June 7 (no class May 31)
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M. Ed.

Keep going with Swedish! This class is for students who have finished the Advanced level (or two years college level, or equivalent) who are able to read well in Swedish and are ready to go into a class taught entirely in Swedish.

Text: Pyramiden by Henning Mankell (contact teacher)

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Expert Swedish C
Section 1
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 5–June 7 (no class May 31)
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M. Ed.

Text: TBD

Section 2
Online; 14-student limit

Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 5–June 7 (no class May 31)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Text: Silvervägen by Stina Jackson and Nya Mål 3 Övningsbok

För dig som redan kan flytande svenska men vill förbättra dina kunskaper! This class is at the top of our language pyramid for those who want to delve into Swedish at a high level of conversation and reading. A Swedish book is read during these nine weeks.
På svenska, förstås! This class is taught entirely in Swedish.

$94 blue card members, $126 general public

Conversation
Section 1 (Intermediate/Advanced)
Online; 12-student limit

Thursdays, 7:15–8:15 p.m., Apr. 8–June 3
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2 (Expert)
Online; 12-student limit

Fridays, noon–1 p.m., Apr. 9–June 4
Instructors: Carina Hurtig Boczar and Catharina Lundin

Come practice your spoken Swedish! Topics vary by student interest and current events. Laughs guaranteed in a welcoming atmosphere! Requirements: Enrollment in or completion of Beginning Swedish III.

$70 blue card members, $75 general public


Meet Your Teachers

Laura Wideburg

Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Laura () is the Club’s lead teacher in the Swedish language program. She will celebrate her 10th year at the Club in June 2018. “The Swedish language is my passion,” she says.

Laura has written a six-book series for the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes at the Club. During 2017, she revised and updated the entire series. “My students have contributed to the books and 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 also taught a number of classes focusing on Swedish history, and selects a new theme for one history class every fall quarter.

Laura has a Ph.D. in medieval German literature and historical linguistics from the UW. She has translated 20 books from Swedish to English and has seen 16 of them appear in print, of which a number received great reviews and awards. She is now focusing on her own writing. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young adult children, as well as her two beloved 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.

Catharina

Catharina Lundin, M.Sc., M.B.A.

Catharina () moved here in 2002 from Stockholm. She works as a teacher and principal 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 have learned to teach at the Swedish School and at Rosetta, which focuses on speaking Swedish through immersion. In my classes we practice speaking Swedish, reading, grammar and other activities. We usually fikar the last day of class.” Catharina lives in Sammamish with her husband, three children and a dog.

Carina

Carina Hurtig Boczar

Carina () was born, raised and educated in Sweden. Her career path in Sweden included photography, but since moving to the U.S. Carina has been a Swedish instructor at Berlitz, and teaches 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 three children and live in Redmond.

Weaving Classes

Beginning Weaving Classes. “From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of five two-hour classes. Blue card members $136; nonmembers $165. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class size is limited to four, due to social distancing.

You can use the Club’s looms. We have seven four-harness looms; three are table looms and four are floor looms. They're all from different manufacturers, and a couple of them are handmade. A big part of the class is learning how to set up the warp or “dress” a loom.

To register for the class, please call the Club at 206-283-1090 and prepay to reserve one of the looms. For 2020, the five-class series will be offered on the following schedule:
  • Tuesdays, June 29–July 27


Call the Club at 206-283-1090 for further information.