Soundcloud documentary: Who learns Swedish?

Who learns Swedish? Earlier this year, Annika Beth Jones, contacted me about an audio documentary she was making. It was about the rise in Swedish learners during the past five years. She asked me if I wanted to participate in the documentary, to which I said yes! The documentary theme stemmed from Annika’s own experiences […]

Interview with a Swedish learner – Jamie

This week’s interviewee is Jamie. He is 36 years old and from Ottawa, Canada. He moved to Stockholm in 2015 after meeting his wife. In some ways he says he is a typical Canadian- he loves Hockey and Maple Syrup! He also loves his adopted homeland Sweden. He received his citizenship in 2018 and feels […]

Interview with a Swedish learner – Elena

Elena comes from Italy but has been living abroad for many years – right now her home is in Lund. She teaches Japanese online and she shares her experiences as an introvert language learner on She likes dogs, fredagsmys and sunny days. What led you to want to learn Swedish? At first, I met […]

Interview with a Swedish learner – Gonzalo

This week’s story comes from Gonzalo. He is originally from Peru and is a native Spanish speaker but learned English when he was very young. He lives in London and works as a management consultant in the infrastructure sector. He met Jenny from Sweden in 2012, and they are now married and are expecting their […]

Interview with a Swedish learner – Marilena

Marilena is a biologist who works as a researcher in a well-known research institute. She arrived in Sweden a couple of years ago, moving from her home country, Greece, to work in Stockholm. Even though Swedish winters can be hard for Mediterranean people, she loves Stockholm for its parks, restaurants, amazing bars and widely preserved […]

Interview with a Swedish learner – George

George is a civil servant. He’s originally from London but now lives in Essex. He’s currently revisiting verbs forms. What led you to want to learn Swedish? I’ve been interested in Swedish and Nordic culture for a long time, and learning Swedish has been an extension of that. I wish I could say I’m learning […]

What is the best way to learn a language?

best way to learn a language

Of course, this is the ongoing quest for all language learners. What is the best way to learn a language? What method is the most effective? Are there any good shortcuts? With so many different apps, programmes, methods and so on, which ones are the most effective? I found a very useful summary by a […]

Studying a foreign language makes your brain grow

language makes your brain grow

Language learning makes your brain grow Do you need some extra motivational factors to keep your Swedish lessons going? How about this one. A study shows that studying a foreign language actually makes your brain grow. What did the study say? The study compared language students who studied a foreign language full time with students […]

Interview with a Swedish learner – James

James is a radiographer working in an NHS hospital in the UK. He was raised in Southport, Lancashire, but currently lives in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, but he is hoping on finding work in Sweden in the not-too-distant future. James likes to ride his bicycles a lot and successfully completed Vätternrundan, a 180 mile ride around Lake Vättern, in Sweden in 2015. […]