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Learning Swedish

Swedish is the official language of Sweden. It belongs to the North Germanic language branch, and is spoken by approximately 10 million people worldwide. In addition to Sweden, Swedish is also spoken in some parts of Finland. If you believe that you may be interested in learning Swedish as a foreign language, then have a look at some of the Pros and Cons listed below.

Pros - Top Reasons To Learn Swedish
  • Swedish Culture – Sweden is a very friendly and fun loving place. The people of Sweden are somewhat notoriously nice, and Swedish women are notoriously beautiful. Sweden is not only a very fascinating place to visit, but it's also a great place to live as well if you're looking to settle down in another country.
  • 'Niche' Marketability – Although Swedish is a great language, there aren't very many non-natives interested in learning it. However, the entire population of Sweden cannot simply be ignored. Employers looking to extend their business over-seas will be on the look for multi-lingual employees. Employers will have the easiest time finding employees who speak more popular languages such as Spanish and French, but they may have more difficulty finding an employee who can speak Swedish. This makes knowledge of the Swedish language a fairly valuable skill for someone who is looking to get an edge in the job market.
  • Fun! – While this may be more of a matter of personal opinion, I believe that Swedish is a very fun and interesting language. It sounds cool to speak, people are sure to be impressed. This makes Swedish folk songs a lot of fun too.
  • Mutually Intelligible With Norweigan and Danish – Something that any polyglot or language enthusiast loves about a language is when it's mutually intelligible with other languages. "Mutually Intelligible" essentially means that 2 different languages are so similar to each other, that people who speak one language can understand the other without needing to study or learn much, if anything at all. Swedish is considered to be mutually intelligible with both the Norweigan and Danish languages. By learning one of these languages, you're practically learning all 3! This is a huge plus.
Cons - Potential Turnoffs of Learning Swedish
  • Low Usability - Swedish is only prominently spoken in one part of the world, and has a relatively small total number of speakers compared to many other popular foreign language choices. In addition to this, it is quite common for most Swedish people to speak English at a fair level. This means that even if you travel to Sweden, you can get by fine using just English. Knowing Swedish may enhance your experience, but it is not entirely necessary.
  • Moderate Difficulty - In terms of difficulty, the Swedish language is neither extremely difficult or relatively easy. Learning Swedish won't be nearly as difficult as learning a language like Chinese or Japanese, but it won't be a walk in the park either. The only reason that this is really a con is because of the low usability of the language mentioned previously. For many people, finding out that knowledge of the Swedish language isn't necessary to get by in Sweden will cause them to skip learning Swedish in general due to it being a decent challenge.

Why Learn Swedish Over Another Foreign Language?
The main reasons that one would choose to learn Swedish over another foreign language are probably the uniqueness and the 'fun' sound of the language. It's also the best way to get immersed into the exciting Swedish culture. Sweden is one of the most fascinating places in the world to visit, and your experience will be much enriched if you can speak to the locals in their native tongue.


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