6 Reasons to Learn Swedish That May Inspire You
Swedish Is a Language That Is Often Overlooked
Learning another language is fun and rewarding. But learning a language takes time, effort, dedication, and patience. If you love to learn other languages maybe you may have thought about learning Swedish. It is true that Swedish is not near the top of most people’s lists as far as learning languages is concerned. And learning Swedish is not as valuable for your career compared to languages such as Chinese, Spanish, French, German or Russian. However, if you have plans to go and live in Sweden one day then learning Swedish is absolutely necessary even though most Swedes speak English. There actually are reasons to consider learning Swedish and a few of these reasons may not be practical reasons but they are a little humorous. The reasons are not listed in any particular order of importance. Even if I don’t ever learn this language, there’s a good chance that someone else will.
A photo of the Swedish flag
Learning Swedish: Reason #1
- Sweden is a prosperous and highly educated country with a good healthcare system
If you do decide to go and live in Sweden in the future, learning Swedish is a great investment because Sweden is a first world country with a highly educated population and the government takes very good care of you. Learning Swedish will enable you to communicate with the locals as well as their medical staff in their own language instead of English. However, keep in mind that if you are not a European Union passport holder, securing a job is very difficult.
The Swedish Flag At the End of the Railroad Tracks
Learning Swedish Reason #2: Communication
2. Learning Swedish helps you communicate with the local residents
As was previously mentioned, even though the majority of the population in Sweden speaks English, it’s always best to make an attempt to learn the local language. You will be respected more if you speak the local language of the country that you plan on moving to instead of hoping that the person you want to talk to speaks English. You may be able to get by on not knowing Swedish if you are visiting as a tourist. But if you want to live there, try the best you can to learn and master the language.
Learning Swedish Reason #3: Popular Culture & Music Access
3. Sweden has a great popular culture and music scene
Now even I admit that this is probably not one of the top reasons to learn Swedish but it would be a nice bonus. Sweden has long been known as a place where there are great musicians in different styles of music from pop music to rock and heavy metal. You may be familiar with artists such as Ace of Base, ABBA, Arch Enemy, In Flames and many other artists. Sweden is just a fantastic place if you are a music lover. The talent of Swedish musicians is among the best in the world. It is almost as if they are born with the ability to play and write quality music.
Speaking of culture, Babbel Magazine gives us their perspective on this. The magazine says that only speaking English in Sweden to everyone will leave you with an ability to just scratch the surface of this country. It is possible to enjoy something like the music of ABBA with English but if you learn Swedish, this enables you to enjoy ice hockey to a fuller extent just as an example.
Learning Swedish: Reason #4-Beautiful Women
4. The women are really beautiful and educated
Swedish women are known for their light, fair and pure skin. They also have some of the nicest bodies in the world. They are also highly educated and friendly. Learning Swedish will get them to respect you even more and who knows, one of them might even fall in love with you. Learning Swedish is one of the best ways to impress the ladies in Sweden. With a country that has given birth to women such as Elin Nordegren and Princess Victoria why wouldn’t you want to learn Swedish? As an interesting side note, Sweden has been in the news the last few years because of the success of actress Alicia Vikander who is also one of the most beautiful women alive!
A photo of meatballs
Learning Swedish: Reason #5
5. Swedish meatballs are very tasty
If you love to eat Swedish meatballs, you could learn Swedish and then go and visit the country and eat their meatballs which are known for being very tasty.
A Short Video With Many Practical Reasons For Learning Swedish
6. Learning Swedish helps you to better fit in culturally with the locals
Elaborating on points 2 and 3, the organization Swedish for Professionals elaborates that one of the first things that defines a culture is the language of the country. There are certain things that can never be communicated in the same way outside of the language. If you learn Swedish this will help to gain better insight and understanding as you are able to relate better with the locals, thus making the experience more fun.
Final Thoughts On Learning Swedish
This is just a short list of reasons why it may be a good idea to learn Swedish. It may be one of the best decisions you could make even though not many people around the world speak Swedish. This article was started to bring awareness to the fact that there are many other languages in the world than some of the standard ones (Spanish, French, Italian, German, etc.).
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