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Amanda
Why is it so rare for people to learn Swedish?
I know there's no scarcity of available languages to learn, but I wonder why Swedish is so rare. I understand that most Swedes speak very good English, but I thought it wasn't considered a national language.

So why is it that people so rarely learn this language? And are other similar languages chosen? Dutch, German, Finish, etc...

I'm already in love with the language and the people/culture. But this is very curious to me. What do you all think.
May 21, 2020 1:10 AM
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I'm going to move to Sweden and I'm learning Swedish now.
Naturligtvis kan man umgås på engelska men för ett fullständigt liv i Sverige behöver man svenska
May 21, 2020
I think Swedish might be rare because we are such a small population, with just 10 million people. Furthermore we learn english from a very early age and most people therefore speaks english quite well.

I have several friends that moved to Sweden, working for a Swedish company and having a Swedish partner but they still don't speak Swedish, because it's no need to. In fact they get quite intimidated thus may times when they do try to speak Swedish most people respond in english which doesn't make easier to learn.

/ Faye
May 21, 2020
Me too, who thinks that it's mostly about the Swedes speaking good English. In my country to speak Swedish is like to be able to touch your ear with your heel. Cool, but useless. As well there is no obvious motivation to learn Swedish: all work by Astrid Lidgren has been translated in Russian, and again most singers sing in English. Maybe if I have some book in Swedish, I would start my learning of this language.
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Amanda
Language Skills
English, French, Spanish, Swedish
Learning Language
French, Spanish, Swedish