I'm a Swedish intermediate - can you help?

If you’re an intermediate, you are somewhere at level B1 or B2. 

So what’s next? What should you do to improve your Swedish?

Here are some recommendations for what to focus on next and how we can help you. 


You’ve reached the early stages of intermediate, and you’re beginning to be able to hold a conversation a little bit better (but you may still feel like you sound like a child when you speak!).

Focus areas on this level are vocabulary expansion, getting rid of ‘bad grammar habits’ and beginning to be able to correct yourself a bit more when you speak and write.

There are still quite a few new grammar areas that you will encounter, for example phrasal verbs, the perfect participle form, and some others.

And you will begin to learn more synonyms, which will broaden your vocabulary and help you to express yourself better.

But you will still need to keep the old plates from A2 spinning, like noun plurals and the verb forms.

If you feel you are often doubting yourself on how to use the verbs, for example, then a grammar bootcamp could be perfect at this level, and maybe a course on time expressions and time prepositions (a very common problem area at this level).

Having one to one lessons is very beneficial at this level, as your teacher can really help you identify your weaknesses and push you forward.

And you should make sure you get regular speaking practice, for example through attending language cafés.

It’s always good to keep working on your pronunciation at this stage too, to make sure you get rid of any bad habits. 


You’re at upper intermediate level, and this can feel like a frustrating level to be at sometimes.

You feel like you know a lot of Swedish, yet at the same time you struggle sometimes to hold conversations fluently, especially in group settings.

You still slip up with your grammar here and there, and there are always some new words popping up that you have never heard before (which makes it feel like you’re never going to get there!).

You’re starting to notice some differences when Swedes speak (slang, different dialects) but you’re unsure how you can progress.

At this stage, mass consumption of Swedish is key to your success. Films, TV, radio, podcasts, meeting new people, reading your first Swedish novel (even if it might be lättläst) should be a part of your life to get through this level.

As should guidance by teachers, who – just like in level B1 – can spot your weaknesses and introduce you to new areas where you can improve.

You need to try and produce as much as possible (speak and write), and get feedback on it. 

This can be hard, as you’re at a level where most Swedes understand what you mean, and therefore they may not correct you like they did when you were a beginner.

It can be frustrating as your bad habits can become cemented unless you take active steps to get rid of them, like for example through having lessons with a teacher.

Our language café could also be perfect for you.

In addition, now is a great time to actively work on reducing your accent when you speak.   

I don't know what my level is

Not to worry!

Take our self assessment test (which tests grammar and vocab), and you’ll get an approximate level.

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