The Swedish language is a North Germanic language of the Indo-European language family. Swedish is spoken by more than 10 million people natively, mainly in Sweden, but also in parts of Finland, alongside Finnish. The Swedish language is also largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish. The three languages developed from Old Norse which was spoken in the areas of Scandinavia that are now Norway, Denmark and Sweden. To this day, Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes can communicate with each other, although Norwegians tend to understand Danish and Swedish more easily than Danes and Swedes can understand Norwegian. Swedish is comprised of six main dialects: Norrland, Finland Swedish, Svealand, Gotland, Götaland and South Swedish.
Sweden is known for its endless forests, lakes, canals, medieval churches, castles, saunas and national parks. If you have always wanted to visit the origins of Pippi Longstocking, sip the freshest water, tour a chateau, visit the Ikea flagship store, or learn more about Viking history, then Swedish is a language you may want to learn. There are also cruises that run between Stockholm, Finland, Estonia and Russia, if you like to cruise. Theatre buffs will want to visit the Drottningholm Palace Theatre near Stockholm, which is one of the few 18th century theatres left in Europe that still has its original stage machinery. Its summer opera festival draws international visitors to the city. The palace itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site and definitely worth the visit. The Vasa Museum in Sweden houses the salvaged Vasa battle ship, which sank in 1628, now beautifully preserved. No trip to Sweden is complete without experiencing the health benefits of the ubiquitous saunas - often followed by a dip in a lake! Since Swedish is similar to other Scandinavian languages it is a worthwhile language to learn as you can use it beyond its borders. Through our flexible language training options, you will gradually be able to grasp the various Swedish dialects. You may be surprised to discover that several words in the English language have Swedish origins such as gauntlet, moped, orienteering and smorgasbord.
Sweden is a leader in industries such as motor vehicles, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, precision equipment, chemical goods, home goods and appliances, forestry, iron and steel. Swedish companies have made a mark on the world economy, with not only Ikea, but also Skype, Ericsson, H&M, and Spotify originating there. Sweden is also the home of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as the YouTuber and Internet star PewDiePie, who boasts nearly 14 million followers on Instagram and 60 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, making him the most subscribed user on YouTube.
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Because the Swedish language varies between regions, our Swedish language trainers will ensure that you are receiving the appropriate Swedish lessons for business endeavors within each respective region. If you have business in Stockholm, or Swedish regions of Finland, your assigned Swedish language trainer will develop customized Swedish language lesson plans that satisfy the language requirements of those specific areas. You will learn the correct Swedish vocabulary, as well as the unique Swedish dialect you need. Conversation Piece will help you to adequately prepare for your trip, be it business or pleasure, through your Swedish language lessons.
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