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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 2022 Schedule

 
Students: Download class materials here
Beginning Swedish III
Online; 18-student limit

Tuesdays, June 21–Aug. 16, 7–8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Swedish: The Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

Spring and summer celebrations, visiting Skansen, eating at restaurants and having fikawith relatives are all topics as we finish the Beginning series with Chapters 7 through 10.

$114 members, $144 general public

Beginning Swedish IV
Online; 18-student limit

Tuesdays, June 21–Aug. 16, 5:30–7 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
Text: Swedish: More Basics by Laura A. Wideburg (please purchase before class begins)

Review class. Swedish nature, Swedish wildlife, places, people and culture. We look at Swedish themes while reviewing concepts learned in the Beginning series. Eight self-contained chapters.

$114 members, $144 general public

Intermediate Swedish IV
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, June 20–Aug. 22, 5–6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Hundraåringen (lättlåst) (please purchase before class begins) and exercises provided by the teacher

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, June 21–Aug. 16, 7:15–8:45 p.m.
Instructor: Laura A. Wideburg, Ph.D.
Text: My Family in Swedish History (please purchase before class begins)

Section 3
Online; 15-student limit

Thursdays, June 23–Aug. 18, 4:30–6 p.m.
Instructor: Jack Rogalla
Text: My Family in Swedish History (please purchase before class begins)

Review class. Learning Swedish history from the Vikings to the wave of emigration while adding vocabulary and reviewing concepts learned in the Intermediate series. A good class for people returning to Swedish after a few years’ absence. Requirement: Swedish Intermediate III or equivalent (3 semesters of college-level Swedish).

$114 members, $144 general public

Advanced Swedish IV
Online

Tuesdays, June 21–Aug. 16, 5–6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Mål 2 Lärobok and Mål 2 Övningsbok (optional) (please purchase before class begins) plus exercises from teacher

Summer Advanced-level Swedish! A continuation of Advanced III.

$114 members, $144 general public

Expert Swedish A
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Tuesdays, June 21–Aug. 16, 6–7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Ask Instructor

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Fridays, June 24–Aug. 19, 10–11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Swedish: Becoming Fluent, Step 1 and Kaffe med rån (lättläst) by Catharina Ingelman Sundberg (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’ college-level Swedish required. This class is taught mostly in Swedish!

$114 members, $144 general public

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

Mondays, June 20–Aug. 22 7:30–9 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Ask Instructor

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

$114 members, $144 general public

Expert Swedish C
Section 1
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, June 20–Aug. 22, 5:45–7:15 p.m.
Instructor: Britt Fletcher
Text: Ask Instructor

Section 2
Online; 15-student limit

Mondays, June 20–Aug. 22, 7:30–9 p.m. (no class July 4)
Instructor: Catharina Lundin
Text: Räkna hjärtslag by Katarina Widholm (instructor will provide)

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

Conversational Swedish—Expert Level
Online; 12-student limit

Fridays, June 24–Aug. 19, 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!

$95 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.
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. 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 2022, the five-class series will be offered on the following schedule:

Afternoons
Apr. 5–May 3, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Evenings
Apr. 5–May 3, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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