A lot of people ask me how I have been learning Swedish since I moved to Sweden.
I started out using Rosetta Stone, though this is quite an expensive way to learn it does go far beyond the basics of just ”tourist Swedish”. The comfort is also that you can do it at your own pace and time. When I finally got my personal number sorted I applied for SFI, which is the government run language school for immigrants.
But in all honesty the best way I can advise people to learn Swedish before they move, or after if they can financially do this, is over Skype.
I found a website called Verbal Planet and there they have a good range of teachers that can offer lessons over Skype. Usually the first one is free so you can get an idea of how it operates and also get a good indication of if the teacher is right for you or not.
I had a few lessons but in the end settled for a teacher called Jessie. Jessie is from Linköping and now resides in Scotland. Jessie worked as a teacher here in Sweden and she is nothing short of excellent. Her methods of teaching make each lesson something to look forward to.
Jessie is calm, patient and has a great way of helping you with how you want to learn Swedish. Her rate is around 19 pounds per hour. Which may seem like a lot but trust me, I was paying double that rate in London.
My advice for anyone moving to Sweden in the future, wanting to learn or who have already moved is to give Jessie a try.
I will put a permanent link on my blog page.
I thoroughly recommend Jessie as a great teacher.