A convenient way to learn Swedish is by watching YouTube videos.
Watching YouTube videos in Swedish perfect for when you've got a quick gap in your day, but still want to get some language practice in. Or when you're winding down after a long day and want to learn from your couch without too much effort!
To help you learn Swedish on YouTube, I’ve put together this list of the 11 best YouTube channels for learning Swedish.
You'll discover what kind of content they put out and get a few other tips and tricks that will hopefully be of use to you. Let’s get into it!
You can use the table of contents below to jump straight to the section that interests you most. Otherwise, keep scrolling to discover the best channels to learn Swedish on YouTube.
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Learn Swedish On YouTube: How To Make It Work For You
The great thing about learning Swedish on YouTube is that you can go about it in whichever way works for you.
Do you want to watch quick videos in between your working hours? Great just choose a shorter video.
Do you prefer to listen to long Swedish conversations in bed and maybe fall asleep listening to the video? Just choose a longer one that keeps on going for hours. Maybe that will be a great way for your subconscious to pick up on Swedish as well.
If you prefer to watch the videos with a notepad in your hand, furiously scribbling down notes and grammar rules while watching, you can do that as well.
The ways you can learn Swedish on YouTube are very broad. How you go about it is up to you, but try to find a way which works well with the way you learn best.
You can also choose any kind of YouTube video. Maybe you prefer in-depth analysis about grammar rules. Or you prefer lots of speaking exercises. It’s up to you and you can also mix and match however you want.
With that in mind, below you'll find a wide variety of YouTube channels for Swedish learners, from news reports in slow Swedish, to vlogs and everything in between.
1. Learn Easy Swedish
Learn Easy Swedish is a channel by Yasmine who makes videos where she speaks in slow Swedish. So she speaks more slowly than a native speaker and enunciates the words more clearly.
She has videos about many different topics, like holidays, restaurants, summer and more. The topics are often relevant and interesting and she often takes input from her followers on which topic to speak about next.
She also has a lot of short videos where she takes the viewer with her on different things, like going to the dog park or travelling.
The useful thing about these videos is that she speaks very slowly and clearly, thus making it easier to understand and keep up with the sentences.
She also uses double captions, which means that the subtitles are both in English and Swedish, making it way easier for you to keep up with her content if you're a beginner.
2. Peter SFI
The next channel I want to recommend is Peter SFI. While the first channel I recommended was for beginners, this one is for you if you're a little more advanced.
The channel is hosted by Peter, and if I’m going to make a guess, he’s an SFI teacher. SFI stands for Svenska för invadrare (Swedish for immigrants) and is what’s being taught to anyone new in Sweden, who wants to learn Swedish.
In Peter’s videos, he goes through Swedish grammar rules, vowels, words, common Swedish phrases and much more.
His videos are very informational but you need to already know some Swedish to understand what he’s saying.
While he’s speaking in slow and clear Swedish (albeit not as slow as Yasmine), his videos don’t have English or Swedish subtitles. And the focus is on explaining terms and grammar that you might come across when learning Swedish.
His channel is therefore perfect if you've been learning Swedish for a while and understand some Swedish and basic Swedish grammar. This is a great channel to keep building on that knowledge.
3. Learn Swedish, Lär Dig Svenska
The next channel, Lär Dig Svenska, is hosted by Marie and she’s been active for a really long time on YouTube.
That means that she has many different types of videos like vocab videos, grammar videos, Swedish idioms, Swedish stories and much more.
Most of these are arranged into different playlists where you can find more videos in the same category. This makes the channel perfect for most Swedish learners, regardless of what level you're at.
If you're a beginner, then you can choose to watch vocab videos to learn more words. Or if you're at an advanced level you can listen to videos where she reads a Swedish book. And of course, there are many levels in between these two as well.
She has subtitles in many different languages, including English and Swedish, so it’s easy to keep up with what she’s saying. She also speaks quite slowly and pronounces each word very clearly, including the videos at higher levels.
For some of the videos she has also added a note to the title about which CEFR level the video is at, so you know exactly what to expect when getting into the video.
4. Fun Swedish
Fun Swedish is the channel that is the most similar to a “regular” YouTube channel: the content is fun and varied and they include weekly tips and tricks, and fun tidbits about Swedish learning, the country and the culture.
This is a great channel if you not only want to learn Swedish, but also get loads of new and interesting information about Sweden while doing so.
The team behind Fun Swedish also have courses on their website where the levels range from absolute beginner to upper intermediate. In other words, there's something for everyone.
Some of the videos include common words, how to pronounce different Swedish sounds, how to make Swedish friends and more (often paired with fun and original editing to make the videos more engaging.) Check it out if that’s something that interests you!
5. Svenska Med Anastasia
Svenska med Anastasia is a channel by the SFI and SVA (Swedish as a second language) teacher.
She has uploaded many different videos, both videos where she talks about a particular topic and videos where she goes deeper and explains different grammar rules.
For the videos about different topics, she speaks slowly and includes the option to watch with subtitles in different languages.
In the grammar videos, she speaks a bit faster (but still slow compared to normally spoken Swedish). But no subtitles are included so those are a bit more advanced
6. Useful Swedish With Chris
Useful Swedish with Chris truly focuses on the most useful aspects of the language for Swedish learners.
Chris mainly focuses on Swedish phrases and words that are important to know and repeats these phrases slowly multiple times.
These videos will work well for you if you want to listen to Swedish pronunciation while learning the most important words and phrases.
He also has videos about phrases in specific places, like in the kitchen or at the office and pairs them with illustrated images to clearly show what’s being mentioned.
In these videos, he has subtitles in many different languages so you can choose whichever one works best for you.
7. Svenska För Alla
Next up is Svenska För Alla. It’s a channel that uses the interview format and interviews random people on the street for the videos.
Each video is about a new topic, like introducing yourself, shopping at the drug store or buying a fika at a café. In short, the videos are about things that are useful to know if you live in or visit Sweden.
They have a few videos and are not active anymore. But I would still recommend checking them out, because they interview real Swedes on the street with different kinds of pronunciation and dialects.
It’s a good way to familiarise yourself with natives speaking Swedish and how different Swedes might sound. The content is also very useful because it’s interactive and shows real conversations that might happen while in Sweden.
8. Svetlana Svensson/ Svenska För Dig
Svenska För Dig is a relatively new channel by the SVA teacher Svetlana. So far, she’s made videos about pronunciation, phrases, words and sentences in slow Swedish.
Most of the videos have double captions, but for the ones where she speaks about a subject you can either choose Swedish, English or Russian subtitles (or nothing at all).
The videos work for multiple learners, regardless of level. But the videos where she speaks slow Swedish about a subject might be a bit more difficult for beginners than the other videos are. Start slow and choose videos at your level!
9. Swedish Pod 101
Swedish Pod 101 has also been active for a very long time, which means that they have a lot of videos like reading, phrases, words, listening and much more on their channel.
You can find everything in all the playlists found on the channel and these include all the videos on a particular subject in that list.
So if you only want to watch reading practice videos for intermediate learners, then you can navigate to that playlist and watch those videos.
The wide variety of content also makes it accessible to pretty much anyone who wants to learn Swedish, from beginner to advanced.
You can also focus on the area in which you need to improve, be it listening, reading, pronunciation or something else as they have videos that fit most learners.
10. Mikael Petersson
Mikael Petersson is another SFI teacher who has a wide variety of videos. One thing he does that sets him apart from everyone else is that he makes news videos in slow Swedish.
This might be fun if you're interested in both learning the language and getting useful info about the surrounding world.
He also has videos about phrases and tips and tricks on how to succeed with different things, like writing papers in Swedish.
A lot of the videos are also directed towards SFI students, so if you're enrolled in that programme, his videos might be especially useful for you.
11. Svenska Språket
Svenska Språket is a bit harder and aimed at more intermediate and advanced learners.
The man behind the channel, Andreas, makes videos about interesting things in the Swedish language, like phrases and useful things to know.
He also makes videos where he focuses on one particular aspect of Swedish, like the preposition över (over).
There are many different and useful videos on his channel. And he’s also an SFI teacher so a lot of his materials are official lesson plans that SFI students will learn in Sweden.
Learn Swedish On YouTube & Reach New Heights In Your Learning
So, now you’ve got a lot of different channels you can use to learn Swedish on YouTube. Hopefully, you can add some of these channels to your subscription list. Just avoid being a hoarding villain and make sure you actually watch some videos!
YouTube is a great platform for learning Swedish because there's such a wide variety of channels. It’s a good place to explore if you want to find new ways to boost your learning.
It’s important to have a clear objective of what you want to achieve by watching these videos. Do you want to improve your listening comprehension, fully immerse yourself in the language or just watch the videos as a pastime activity?
You choose how you do it and regardless of which area you want to improve, you can do it with these Swedish YouTube channels for learners.
By the way, if videos aren't your thing and you prefer reading stories, then you'll love my Swedish course, Swedish Uncovered which uses the StoryLearning method to get you fluent thanks to stories, not rules.