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Facts about Swedish[edit | edit source]

  • Language code (ISO 639-3): swe
  • Autonyms (how to write "Swedish" in Swedish): Svenska
  • Other names for "Swedish": Ruotsi, Svenska
  • The Swedish language is spoken in: Sweden & Finland
  • Spoken by: around 10.4 million speakers

Swedish is a Scandinavian language spoken by approximately 10.4 million speakers, mainly in Sweden and Finland, the two countries where it is an official language. Like the other Scandinavian languages, it comes from Old Norse, the common language of all the Germanic peoples of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. It remains today mutually intelligible with Danish and Norwegian. The written and spoken language is standardized, but there are regional variants from the old rural dialects.

Like most Germanic languages, Swedish is a V2 language: the verb appears in second position in the main clauses. The morphology presents a reduced number of flexions. There are two genders (common and neuter) and two numbers (singular and plural), but no cases. By default, the definite article is a postposed clitic, but there are also separate articles. The adjective agrees with the noun in gender and in number, but also according to its definite character or not. Phonologically, Swedish has a significant number of vowels, as well as a distinctive consonant, the sj, the exact phonetic realization of which varies between dialects and remains debated.

Sources[edit | edit source]

Swedish Resources[edit | edit source]

Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Svenska Akademiens ordbok: Dictionary of the Swedish Academy, meanings in Swedish & etymology Swedish-English dictionary

Lingea: Swedish-English dictionary & multilingual

Folkets: Swedish-English dictionary

Iate: multilingual terminological dictionary (European Union)

Lexin: Swedish dictionary

Lagom: Swedish-Dutch dictionary

Azoria: Swedish-French dictionary

Loecsen: useful expressions Swedish-English (+ audio)

Goethe-Verlag: Swedish-English common phrases & illustrated vocabulary (+ audio)

Shtooka: Swedish words, with translation (audio)

synonyms dictionary

morpholocial dictionary

rhyming dictionary

Svensk-engelsk ordbok för utbildningsområdet: Swedish-English dictionary of education

Projekt Runeberg: online Swedish dictionaries

Svenska Akademiens ordlista över svenska spraket: Swedish orthographe, published by the Swedish Academy (1991 & previous editions)

Ord för ord, svenska synonymer och uttryck: synonyms dictionary, by Johan Palmér, Herbert Friedländer, Nils Hänninger (1984)

Våra ord, deras uttal och ursprung: origin and pronunciation of the Swedish words, by Elias Wessén (1973, revised edition)

Svensk etymologisk ordbok: Swedish etymological dictionary, by Elof Hellquists (1922) or on Internet archive

Glossarium öfver föråldrade eller ovanliga ord och talesätt: Swedish obselete words, by Fredrik August Dahlgren (1914)

Svenskt dialektlexikon, ordbok öfver svenska allmogespråket: dictionary of the Swedish dialects, by Johan Ernst Rietz (1862) ou version Google

Nordisk familjebok Konversationslexikon och Realencyklopedi: 1899 edition (20 volumes) & 1926 (38 volumes)

Nusvensk ordbok: Swedish dictionary, by Olaf Östergren (1915) A-E - F-G - H-K - L-O - P-Sh   (incomplete)

Våra vanligaste främmande ord: foreign words, by Olaf Östergren (1957)

Ordbok öfver svenska språket: dictionary of the Swedish language, by Anders Fredrik Dalin (1850) A-K & L-Ö   or online search

Svenska språkets synonymer: synonyms of the Swedish language, by Anders Fredrik Dalin (1870)

Svenska etymologier: Swedish etymology, by Adolf Noreen (1897)

Ordklyfverier, en etymologisk hjälpreda: Swedish etymology, by Robert Geete (1888)

Svensk-engelsk ordbok: Swedish-English dictionary, by Walter Harlock (1964)

English-Swedish dictionary by Karl Kärre, Harald Lindkvist, Ruben Nöjd, Mats Redin (1948)

Engelsk-svensk ordbok: English-Swedish dictionary, by Edmund Wenström & Erik Lindgren (1919)

Burt's Swedish-English dictionary (1900)

Pocket dictionary of the English and Swedish languages (1890)

Swedish self-taught, with phonetic pronunciation & vocabularies, elementary grammar, idiomatic phrases and dialogues, travel talk, by Carl Thimm

Svenskt och engelskt lexicon: Swedish-English dictionary, by Gustaf Widegren (1788)

English and Swedish dictionary (and also Latin) by Jakob Serenius (1757)

Svensk–dansk-norsk ordbog: Swedish–Danish-Norwegian dictionary, by Ida Falbe-Hansen (1912)

Dansk-norsk–svensk ordbok: Danish-Norwegian–Swedish dictionary, by Ida Natanael Beckman (1907)

Svensk-tysk ordbok: Swedish-German dictionary, by Otto Hoppe (1916)

Tysk-svensk ordbok: German-Swedish dictionary (1904)

Svensk-fransk ordbok: Swedish-French dictionary, by Ferdinand Schulthess (1901)

Vocabulaire français, Fransk vokabelsamling: French-Swedish vocabulary by topics, by Gotthard Gullberg (1885)

Svenskt-finskt lexikon: Swedish-Finnish dictionary, by Ferdinand Ahlman (1865)

Swensk-latinsk ordbok: Swedish-Latin dictionary, by Christian Cavallin (1876)

Swensk ordbok med latinsk uttolkning, Dictionarium svecicum: Swedish-Latin dictionary, by Abraham Sahlstedt (1773)

Svenskt-grekiskt lexikon: Swedish-Greek dictionary, by Carl Linder & Carl Walberg (1862)

Biblisk ordbok: biblical dictionary, by Erik Nyström (1896)

Swenskt dialect lexicon: dictionary of the Swedish dialects, by Johan Ihre (1766)

Dialectus vestrogothica: the Swedish dialects, by Sven Hof (1772)

Historiska: Swedish first names, meanings and origins

Statistiska centralbyrån: the most popular names in Sweden

Other resources[edit | edit source]

PhrasesEssential phrases from BBC
VocabularySwedish Flashcards
DictionarySwedish Wiktionary (in Swedish)
TranslateAn excellent English-Swedish translation site
PhrasesLists of words and phrases with audio pronunciation
Free CourseSwedish course from Wikibooks
TranslateGoogle Translate
Free CourseIntroduction to Swedish course
BooksRead and download Swedish language books for free
BooksColloquial Swedish
BlogSwedish Freak
PhrasesSimple Swedish phrases with audio
PhrasesBasic Phrases, Vocabulary and Grammar
MobileFind Swedish learning apps for your Android device
General InfoOverview of the Swedish language from Wikipedia
QuizEnglish-Swedish Vocabulary Quizzes
GrammarA thorough overview of Swedish grammar
GamesFree Swedish games with pictures
Paid CourseBabbel Swedish
DictionaryDictionary of Swedish synonyms
PhrasesSwedish phrases with audio and pictures
BlogSwedish Language blog from Transparent Language
Paid CourseSwedish Pod 101
Radio" target="_blank">Klartext - Simplified Swedish News (with Audio)
BooksSwedish Self-Taught
TranslateAnother good translation engine
Free CourseLearn vocabulary in context with Memrise
QuizSwedish as a Second Language Exercises (in Swedish)
PhrasesBasic Swedish phrases from Wikitravel
AudioListen to Swedish words spoken by users
GrammarConjugate Swedish verbs online
TranslateSuperb Swedish translator/dictionary with pronunciations

Sources[edit | edit source]

Free Swedish Lessons[edit | edit source]

Language Exchange[edit | edit source]

Forum[edit | edit source]

Tools[edit | edit source]

Marketplace[edit | edit source]

Swedish Online Virtual Keyboard[edit | edit source]

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