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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.

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 2019 Schedule

Students: Download class materials here
Beginning Swedish I

Section 1
Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 17–Aug. 12

Section 2
Thursdays, 5:30–7 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 wordTack 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. The book is used throughout the Beginning class series.

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

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Beginning Swedish III

Section 1
Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m., June 20–Aug. 22 (no class July 4)

Section 2
Fridays, 1:30–3 p.m., June 21–Aug. 16
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig-Boczar

Continuing from Beginning II. This concludes the three-part Beginner series. We’ll learn about Swedish celebrations such asValborg andMidsommar, as well as learning to go to a restaurant and enjoy Swedish food. We’ll finish the book, with the average student crossing the 1,000-word threshold.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg, Chapter 7 to the end (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Beginning Swedish IV
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 18–Aug. 13 
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

This stand-alone class reviews concepts introduced during Beginning I–III, with its own textbook. The book introduces factual material: Sweden’s geography, nature, history, culture and food traditions. A good way to reintroduce yourself to Swedish after being away from the language for a while, or to review the language to prepare for Intermediate classes.

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

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Intermediate Swedish IV

Section 1
Tuesdays, 7:45–9:30 p.m., July 2–Aug. 20
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2
Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon, June 21–Aug. 16
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig-Boczar

In this stand-alone class, we’ll review concepts introduced in the Intermediate level. The book will introduce us to characters in Swedish history: their loves, losses and lasting impact on Swedish culture, from the earliest Viking kings to modern Swedes. The book is being written specifically for this class. A good way to review before entering the Advanced level!

Text: My Family in Swedish History by Laura A. Wideburg

Section 2 additional text: Hugget och Sprickan (Lättläst) by Henning Mankell
(please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Expert Swedish A
Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., June 17–Aug. 12
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M.Ed. 

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

Text: My Family in Swedish History by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Expert Swedish B
Tuesdays,  7:35–9:05 p.m., June 18–Aug. 13
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Text: Mål 2. Please purchase before class begins. 

Nu pratar du svenska väldigt bra. Time to polish your conversation skills and make sure your grammar is good to go! A Swedish book is read during the nine weeks. Kursen undervisas helt på svenska. This class is taught entirely in Swedish.

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Expert Swedish C

Section 1
Mondays,  6–7:30 p.m., June 17–Aug. 12
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M.Ed.

Text: Factfulness by Hans Rosling. Please purchase before class begins. E-book also available.

Section 2
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., June 18–Aug. 13
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Text: Mål 2. Please purchase before class begins.

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 the highest level of conversation and reading. Many students in this class have lived in Sweden at some point in their lives or have had four years of Swedish or more. A great way to keep up with Swedish.På svenska, förstås! This class is taught entirely in Swedish.

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Advanced Conversation
Fridays, 12 noon–1 p.m., June 21–Aug. 16
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig-Boczar

Come practice your spoken Swedish! (Requirements: Advanced II or two years college-level Swedish). Topics vary by student interest and current events. Led by native speakers. Laughs guaranteed in a welcoming atmosphere!

$64 blue card Club members, $75 general public; $10 per drop-in session

Spring 2019 Schedule

Students: Download class materials here
History: What’s Going On in Sweden Today?
Wednesdays, 4–5:30 p.m., Apr. 3–May 8
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

The September election brought about a tie, resulting in chaos and no government for four months, until the long-held Alliance broke ranks. What is going on? What are the pressures facing contemporary Swedish society? What does the result of the elections mean for Sweden in the future? How are Swedes facing the problems of a Western democracy in a time when democracy is under siege in Europe? Come to this class and find out!

$75

Beginning Swedish I

Thursdays, 5:30–7 p.m., Apr. 4–May 30
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. The book is used throughout the Beginning class series.

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

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Beginning Swedish II

Section 1

Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m., Apr. 4–May 30
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2
Fridays, 1:30–3 p.m., Apr. 5–May 31
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig Boczar

Continuing the basics! We’ll continue to grow our Swedish vocabulary and basic expressions while learning about Swedish nature, shopping and vacationing. We’ll also take a look at clothing, describing things with adjectives and lots of time expressions!

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

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Beginning Swedish III
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 2–May 28
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Continuing from Beginning II. This concludes the three-part Beginner series. We’ll learn about Swedish celebrations such as Valborg and Midsommar, as well as learning to go to a restaurant and enjoy Swedish food. We’ll finish the book, with the average student crossing the 1,000-word threshold.

Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg, Chapter 7 to the end (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Beginning Swedish IV
Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (no class May 27)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

This stand-alone class reviews concepts introduced during Beginning I–III, with its own textbook. The book introduces factual material: Sweden’s geography, nature, history, culture and food traditions. A good way to reintroduce yourself to Swedish after being away from the language for a while, or to review the language to prepare for Intermediate classes.

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

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Intermediate Swedish III

Section 1

Tuesdays, 7:45–9:15 p.m., Apr. 2–May 28
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2
Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon, Apr. 5–May 31
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig Boczar


In this class, we finish the Intermediate series and the book, while practicing more vocabulary, grammar and cultural concepts, Swedish celebrations and useful conversational phrases.
Text: Swedish: Beyond the Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Advanced Swedish III
Mondays, 7:45–9:15 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (no class May 27)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Take your Swedish to the next level! (Requirement: Completed Advanced II or one and a half years of college-level Swedish). More vocabulary, more conversation, more practice as you add to your skills. From 3,000 to 5,000-plus words and increased fluency through discussing major life events. This is the last class in the Advanced series before students move on to Expert.

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

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Expert Swedish A
Tuesdays, 7:45–9:15 p.m., Apr. 2–May 28
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

För dig som kan svenska! This class, a level beyond Advanced, is held primarily in Swedish, and students are expected to be able to read a simple Swedish book 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—moving toward fluent conversation.

Text: Kaffe med rån by Catharina Ingelman Sundberg (Lättläst version). Please purchase before class begins.

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Expert Swedish B

Section 1
Mondays,  6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (no class May 27)
Instructor: Pia Nyström, M.Ed.  

Text: Pyramiden by Henning Mankell. Please purchase before class begins. E-book also available.

Section 2
Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., Apr. 2–May 28
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Text: Hundarna i Riga by Henning Mankell, chapters 10–18. Please purchase before class begins. E-book also available.

Nu pratar du svenska väldigt bra. Time to polish your conversation skills and make sure your grammar is good to go! A Swedish book is read during the nine weeks. Kursen undervisas helt på svenska. This class is taught entirely in Swedish.

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Expert Swedish C
Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m., Apr. 1–June 3 (no class May 27)
Instructors: Pia Nyström, M.Ed., and Catharina Lundin

Text: Koka björn by Mikael Niemi (e-book). Please purchase before class begins.

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 the highest level of conversation and reading. Many students in this class have lived in Sweden at some point in their lives or have had four years of Swedish or more. A great way to keep up with Swedish. På svenska, förstås! This class is taught entirely in Swedish.

$94 blue card Club members, $116 general public

Basic Conversation CANCELED
Fridays, 1–2 p.m., Apr. 5–May 31
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Beginning II to Advanced II level practice! Repetition of basic phrases, listening, simple conversation practice, Swedish culture—no book required! Build confidence in your spoken Swedish in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with guidance from an expert in language acquisition!

$64 blue card Club members, $75 general public; $10 per drop-in session


Conversational Swedish
Fridays, noon–1 p.m., Apr. 5–May 31
Instructors: Catharina Lundin and Carina Hurtig Boczar

Come practice your spoken Swedish! (Requirements: Advanced II or two years of college-level Swedish). Topics vary by student interest and current events. Led by native speakers. Laughs guaranteed in a welcoming atmosphere!

$64 blue card Club members, $75 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. 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.

Pat

Scandinavian Folkdancing Class

Tuesdays, Jan. 8–Feb. 19. What’s Old Is New Again Folkdancing Series.
Dance 100-year-old dances and keep history alive! Benefits: community, exercise and exposure to popular music from a century ago. Ages 13 and up. Partner not necessary. Taught by Pat McMonagle. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $70 for blue card members, $80 for others.

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

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. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132.  Download the registration form and bring it to the first class with your payment.

You can use the Club’s looms. We have six four-harness looms; three are table looms and three 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. For 2019, the four-class series will be offered on the following schedule:
  • Tuesdays, June 4–25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, July 9–30, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Call the Club at 206-283-1090 for further information.