The Best Free Resources For Learning Swedish

Looking for the best free Swedish resources to use in between your Swedish lessons on Lingoci? This is the page for you.

TV, News & Radio

Online Dictionaries

Flashcards

Other Tools

TV, News & Radio

8sidor – Swedish newspapers can be intimidating unless you already have a good level of Swedish. 8sidor is a fantastic resource for people learning Swedish. It’s a short, 8 page newspaper written in simple Swedish. You can order the paper version, or you can just read it online. What is brilliant is that each article has a recording, so you can listen whilst reading. The recordings are nice and slow, though you can always pause it to look up a word.

Sveriges Radio – Radio is great because you can listen to it whilst you’re busy doing other things – commuting, washing up etc…Even if you’re not understanding everything, it will help you get used to the different sounds of the Swedish language. This site links to all the main stations. Want to listen to shows on your phone? Download the app. If you don’t have an advanced level of Swedish, you should check out Radio Sweden på lätt svenska, a daily news program specifically for learners of Swedish. You can listen on your mobile via a podcast app.

SVT Play – a free TV streaming service offered by Sveriges Television. First, select a program category. Only some of the programs are available outside of Sweden, so if you are not in the country, scroll down to ‘Program A-Ö’ and tick the box ‘Kan ses utomlands’. This will filter the selection to only show programs that are available abroad. If your level requires it, use the Swedish subtitles to help you. There are also lots of English programmes and you can turn the subtitles on to acquire new vocabulary.

Tidningar i Sverige – a mobile app that gives you access to all the Swedish newspapers and news sites. Use it to discover your favourite sites and read them daily!

Online Dictionaries

WordReference – A super online dictionary containing over 50,000 terms and 100,000 translations. If the dictionary doesn’t highlight the translation you’re looking for, you can check the forum at the bottom of the page.

Bab.la – Similar to Wordreference, this dictionary is continually growing through user input. You can hear recordings and see the words being used in context through example sentences.

Swedish-English app – A basic, free dictionary app that you can use to look up words on your mobile – without being online.

Forvo – A dictionary specifically for learning pronunciation. It has a database of several million words pronounced in over 300 languages – all recorded by native speakers. There are currently over 100,000 Swedish words recorded on the site. An essential resource!

Keep an online dictionary open during your Lingoci lessons to aid your learning!

Flashcards

Are you struggling to remember all the new words and rules that you’re learning? Flashcards are quite possibly the most effective way to memorise language. They use a concept called spaced repetition – an algorithm learns how well you know each word/flashcard, then prioritises them so that you study the things you don’t know, without wasting precious time on the things you already do. You can create flashcards using the new vocabulary you’ve come across during your lessons. Alternatively, certain tools allow you to download flashcards created by other users. Whilst creating your own does require a small time investment, it is well worth it!

Anki Web – the original flashcard system. It’s free, open-source software. The only downside is the interface is slightly complex.

Anki App – an app available on all devices.

Quizlet – like the others, Quizlet allows you to create your own flashcards online. Download the mobile app and you can learn during your commutes to work. You can easily access all the Swedish flashcards created by other users via this link.

Other Tools

Digitala Sparet – a well organised course designed for immigrants to Sweden. There are 7 modules, all including interactive exercises. It progresses in a logical manner, for example you start with a great interactive page that teaches you how to pronounce the alphabet.

Say It In Swedish -contains 100’s of short audio lessons, video lessons and vocabulary lists. The lessons are clear and you can download the lessons in mp3 format.

Lexin – a handy learning site built by the Institute for Language and Folklore and the Royal Institute of Technology. It contains three types of exercises or themes: 1) ‘bildteman’ – picture themes. You can choose a theme and click on the pictures to hear the pronunciation of each word; 2) ‘animationsteman’ – a similar concept but here you can see short animations related to phrases and words; 3) ‘dialogsteman’ – a selection of dialogues that you can watch and learn to help you deal with situations such as going to the pharmacy or to a job interview. Note, the site is all in Swedish so you may need to use one of the online dictionaries listed above to help you!

Goethe Verlag – Scroll down on the page to see 100 exercises covering numerous different topics. You can guess the translation and listen to the recordings. There’s also a mobile app.