Great free resources to learn Swedish online

Many of you are interested in discovering where your Swedish ancestors came from. This website gives a great background into Swedish Church Records, letters to and from Sweden, Death Records, Patronymics etc. The site is the official website of the Swedish Genealogy Society and is a treasure trove for anyone looking to discover your Swedish Roots.

The information and research skills you learn at can easily be applied when building your family tree at

The team behind Daily Swedish used to trace their descent back to nobility during the 1100s... not sure about the accuracy that far back, but we are confident in the family tree on the Swedish side of the family dating back to the 1600s!!

Many famous Americans are of Swedish descent. Notable examples include: Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut), Charles R. Walgreen (founder of Walgreen's pharmacy chain), Michael Kors (fashion designer), Eli Lilly (founder of the pharmaceutical company bearing his name), Mark Wahlberg (actor), Emma Stone (actress), and Kirsten Dunst (actress). You can read more about famous Swedish Americans here.

Added by Martin on 2017-08-13 05:58:54

This is a great website that reviews how to say thank you in Swedish. Starting with the basic word for thank you, tack it continues with more thankful varieties such as tack så mycket (thank you very much in Swedish) and tackar (a more informal, but yet perfectly fine, version of tack). In Swedish, it is also common to repeat words. You may have heard Swedes say 'hej hej!' for example (hello hello!). The same works great for tack, and you will often hear Swedes say 'tack tack'. Good luck learning Swedish online using this Swedish resource.

Added by Martin on 2017-04-25 11:18:53

Wondered when to use ja and when to use jo to answer a question in Swedish? This blog post answers the question for us. Jo is used to answer questions with a negative word in them. For example:

Ska du gå på lektionen? - Ja det ska jag. Are you going to attend the lesson? - Yes I am.

Skulle du inte gå på lektionen? - Jo det skulle jag. Were you not going to attend the lesson? - Yes I was.

Jo is used anytime the question has a word such as inte, inga, aldrig, knappast etc. Read the article for more Swedish example sentences.

Added by Martin on 2016-04-30 01:46:51

An excellent guide for anyone thinking about moving to Sweden, and also to recent arrivals. It outlines quite literally everything you need to know: what you need to do upon arrival, where to sign up for Swedish classes (if Daily Swedish does not take you all the way to fluency), how to find a job, how to make Swedish friends, how to seek health care and so forth. The guide is succinct, very thorough, and offers up information that even native Swedes might not know.

Added by Martin on 2016-02-04 21:16:44

In the first of two blog posts from the Expat blog at, this post features 45 words that any aspiring business owner in Sweden must know.

Added by Martin on 2015-09-17 12:35:47

Another blog post from features some very funny words that mean something completely different in Swedish than they do or sound in English.

Added by Martin on 2015-09-17 12:35:47

This fellow online Swedish Quiz website allows students to test their Swedish Grammar skills by answering 81 short questions. Please note that you have to either press cancel, or enter your name in the pop-up dialog a few times (2-3), before the website finally loads.

Added by Martin on 2015-04-09 09:35:03

Well known to students of Swedish, the language is full of nonsensical idioms. Who knew that "att ana ugglor i mossen" (literally, to suspect owls in the bog) really means that something is wrong/off. This blog post takes thirteen very common, but pretty funny, idioms and explaining them. Read on for explanations of "nära skjuter ingen hare", "fastna med skägget i brevlådan", "smaken är som baken, delad", "finns det hjärterum så finns det stjärterum", "ta sig vatten äver huvudet" and more!

As a note, the idiom "gå som katten kring het gröt" is listed in the blog, but not explained. It translates to the English idiom "beat around the bush".

Another good idiom to learn is "vara het på gröten", which literally translates to "being hot on the porridge". What!? It really means that somebody is impatient, or acting too early.

Added by Martin on 2015-01-11 17:05:00

While a large vocabulary is important, prepositions serve as the glue that connects the words of any language. This is a great online quiz to test your knowledge of Swedish prepositions.

Added by Martin on 2014-12-15 10:22:17

A recently created free online Swedish course. Duolingo is a staple in the online language learning space, and I have high hopes for this course. Try it today, and see your quiz scores at Daily Swedish reach new highs!

Added by Martin on 2014-11-24 16:27:52