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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.

Winter 2022 Schedule

 
Students: Download class materials here
Culture Class: The House of Vasa—Sweden’s Renaissance and Reformation
Online; 25-student limit

Mondays, Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
No text; taught in English

The founder of the modern nation of Sweden, King Gustav Vasa, born during the late Middle Ages, was a nobleman who escaped death during the Stockholm Bloodbath, when his father and brother-in-law perished. He led Swedish men to victory over the Danes to establish the Kingdom of Sweden on June 6, 1532. In spite of many threats to his throne, he was able to consolidate power and pass it on to his children, who became defenders of the new Protestant faith and the Swedish Lutheran Church. We will take a close look at the House of Vasa and what it meant to make a leap from the Middle Ages to the Reformation in one generation! We will also look at how his three sons continued these changes and brought Sweden to great power status. We will also spend some time on the women behind the throne, often powerful in their own right.

$94 members and general public

Beginning Swedish I
Online; 18-student limit

Tuesdays, Jan. 11–Mar. 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

Start with the basics! In this class we start with the basic word Tack and its variations. We cover the family as we move through nouns and present tense verbs. At the end of the class, we practice ordering a sandwich and a slice of princess cake (prinsesstårta). Covers the text Swedish: The Basics from the beginning to Chapter 3. The book is used throughout the first year series.

$114 members; $144 general public

Beginning Swedish II
Online; 18-student limit

Tuesdays, Jan. 11–Mar. 8, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

Continue with your Swedish language journey! Shopping, taking the train, time expressions, describing people and objects, as well as finding out about Sweden’s Far North as we cover Chapters 4 through 6.

$114 members; $144 general public

Intermediate Swedish II
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7, 5–6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, Jan. 11–Mar. 8, 7:15–8:45 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 3
Online; 15-student limit

Jan. 13–Mar. 10, 4:30–6 p.m.
Instructor: Carina Hurtig-Boczar
Text: Swedish: Beyond the Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

Moving forward with Swedish! The second-year series brings you from the basic 1,000-word vocabulary up to 3,400 words and increased comprehension of written and spoken Swedish. The text is used throughout the second year series and is a continuation of Swedish: The Basics. (Requirement: Completed Beginning Swedish III or one semester college level).

$114 members; $144 general public

Advanced Swedish II
Section 1
Online

Tuesdays, Jan. 11–Mar. 8, 5–6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Mål 1 Läsebok and Övningsbok (please purchase before class begins)

Section 2
Online

Thursdays, Jan. 6–Mar. 10, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
Text: Swedish: Becoming Fluent, Step Two by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

Take your Swedish to the next level! We are using the first 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.

$114 members; $144 general public

Expert A
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, Jan. 6–Mar. 10, 6–7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Utvandrarna (Lättläst) by Per Lekvall, Vilhelm Moberg and Cecilia Davidsson; Mål 2 (please purchase before class begins)

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Fridays, Jan. 7–Mar. 11, 10–11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Isprinsessan by Camilla Läckberg (Lättläst version) (please purchase before class begins); grammar exercises provided by instructor

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!

$114 members; $144 general public

Expert Swedish B
Hybrid: Online/in person; 15-student limit

Mondays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7, 7:30–9 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Goda grannar (Lättläst) (please purchase before class begins)

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.

$114 members; $144 general public

Expert Swedish C
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7, 5:45–7:15 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Polcirkeln by Liza Marklund (please purchase before class begins)

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7, 7:30–9 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo, Mål 3 Övningsbok (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 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.

$114 members; $144 general public

Conversation
Section 1: Intermediate–Advanced

Thursdays, Jan. 6–Mar. 10, 7:15–8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2: Expert
Online: 12-student limit

Fridays, Jan. 7–Mar. 11, noon to 1 p.m.
Instructor: 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.

$95 members; $124 general public

Fall 2021 Schedule

 
Students: Download class materials here
Culture Class: Scandinavian Mythology—The Eddas
Online; 25-student limit

Mondays, Oct. 4–Nov. 8, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
Texts: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman; Prose Edda by Snorri-Sturluson; Poetic Edda

Come read the Eddas! First, we’ll read and discuss Neil Gaiman’s “modern Edda,” Norse Mythology, for a contemporary read of the tales that form the basis of our understanding of Scandinavian Mythology. Then we’ll leap back in time to Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda for a 12th-century take on the tales before we finally dive deep into the oldest stories still available to us in the Poetic Edda, the anonymous collection of poems which can be dated to the Viking era and the early Middle Ages. Taught in English.

$95 members and general public

Culture Class: Vikings—Bronze Age Scandinavia to the Coming of Christianity
Online

Fridays, Oct. 1–Nov. 5, 4:30–6 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Back by popular demand! Who were the Vikings and why do we still find them so fascinating today? Sort the myths and legends from history and archaeology (no horns!) and find out the latest discoveries relating to the Nordic cultures during the Viking Age (AD 700–1000). No text; taught in English.

$95 members and general public

Beginning Swedish I
Section 1
Online; 18-student limit

Tuesdays, Oct. 5–Nov. 30, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Thursdays, Oct. 7–Dec. 9, 4:30–6 p.m. (no class Nov. 25)
Instructor: David Rumsey

Section 3
Online

Fridays, Oct. 8–Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m.–noon (no class Nov. 26)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

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

Start with the basics! In this class we start with the basic word Tack and its variations. We cover the family as we move through nouns and present tense verbs. At the end of the class, we practice ordering a sandwich and a slice of princess cake (prinsesstårta). Covers the text Swedish: The Basics from the beginning to Chapter 3. The book is used throughout the first-year series.

$114 blue card members, $144 general public

Intermediate Swedish I
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Oct. 4–Nov. 29, 5–6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, Oct. 5–Nov. 30, 7:15–8:45 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 3
Online; 15-student limit

Thursdays, Oct. 7–Dec. 9, 4:30–6 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Instructor: Carina Hurtig Boczar

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

Moving forward with Swedish! The second-year series brings you from the basic 1,000-word vocabulary up to 3,400 words and increased comprehension of written and spoken Swedish. The text is used throughout the second-year series and is a continuation of Swedish: The Basics. (Requirement: Completed Beginning III or one semester college level).

$114 blue card members, $144 general public

Advanced Swedish I
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, Oct. 5–Nov. 30, 5–6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Mål 1 Läsebok (please purchase before class begins) and Övingsbok (optional)

Section 2
Online

Thursdays, Oct. 7–Dec. 9, 5:30–7 p.m. (no class Nov. 25)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
Text: Swedish: Becoming Fluent, Step 1 (please purchase before class begins)

Section 3
Online; 15-student limit

Fridays, Oct. 8–Dec. 10, 1:30–3 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Mål 1 Läsebok (please purchase before class begins) and Övingsbok (optional)

Take your Swedish to the next level! We are using the first 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.

$114 blue card members, $144 general public

Expert Swedish A
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, Oct. 5–Nov. 30, 6–7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Mål 2 Lärobok and Isprinsessan by Camilla Läckberg (Lättläst version) (please purchase before class begins)

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Fridays, Oct. 8–Dec. 10, 10–11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Mål 2 Lärobok and Isprinsessan by Camilla Läckberg (Lättläst version) (please purchase before class begins)

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 of college-level Swedish required. This class is taught mostly in Swedish!

$114 blue card members, $144 general public

Expert Swedish B—Second-Level Expert
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Oct. 4–Nov. 29, 7:30–9 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Utvandrarna (Lättläst) by Per Lekvall, Vilhelm Moberg and Cecilia Davidsson (please purchase before class begins)

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.

$114 blue card members, $144 general public

Expert Swedish C—Highest Level
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Oct. 4–Nov. 29, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: 1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag (please purchase before class begins)

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, Oct. 4–Nov. 29, 7:30–9 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo, 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.

$114 blue card members, $144 general public

Conversational Swedish
Section 1
Online; intermediate to advanced

Thursdays, Oct. 7–Dec. 9, 7:15–8:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 25)
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.

Section 2
Online; 12-student limit; expert

Fridays, Oct. 8–Dec. 10, noon to 1 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Instructor: 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.

$95 blue card members, $124 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.
David

David Rumsey

David () has been an avid student of Swedish since he first took out a "Learn Swedish" record set from the local library at 12 years of age. He eventually mastered his Swedish skills as a graduate student at Stockholms Universitet. David also shared his love of Swedish with other young people as a teacher at Sjölunden, the Swedish language camp in Minnesota connected with Concordia College. Since then, David has worked as a full-time, professional translator working in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian in a variety of technical, medical and commercial fields. From 2015 to 2017, David was the president of the American Translators Association, representing 10,000 translators and interpreters around the globe. He remains a member of the Swedish Association of Professional Translators and works from his home on the Gulf Island in British Columbia, Canada. When David is not traveling throughout Scandinavia taking pictures, he enjoys Swedish baking, including kanelbullar, princesstorta och pannkakor,

Britt Fletcher

Britt Fletcher

Britt () was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. She lives in Seattle. She has taught her daughter Swedish from birth, and she was a librarian at the Swedish School (Svenska Skolföreningen) in Seattle while her daughter attended this program for several years. In her professional life she has been a program manager for a large IT company for many years.






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 2021, the five-class series will be offered on the following schedule:
  • Tuesdays, Sept. 14–Oct. 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


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