Swedish Language Classes

Current session:

Starts Monday, Sept. 10 or Tuesday, Sept. 11 or Wednesday, Sept. 12
Ends Monday, Dec. 10 or Tuesday, Dec. 11 or Wednesday, Dec. 12

The Swedish American Museum is offering evening Swedish Classes this semester with four levels: Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate, and Conversation/Advanced. All courses will run for fourteen weeks with classes running 90 minutes. The instructors are Hanna-Klara Thurfjell, Claes Rameus and Benjamin Stopek. Tuition is $210 for Museum members, $250 for non-Museum members. Books are not included in tuition.

Beginners I, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., starting Sept. 11
For students who have no knowledge of the Swedish language. Students will learn the fundamentals: basic grammar, vocabulary, conversation, Swedish culture and traditions. Classes will be held in English.
Beginners II, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., starting Sept. 11
For students who have some knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis will be on vocabulary, grammar and spoken Swedish. Classes will be held in English.
Intermediate, Mondays, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.., starting Sept. 10
For students who have a working knowledge of Swedish, including elementary conversation and reading. The course will cover advanced grammar, vocabulary and conversation. The classes will be held in Swedish and English.
Conversation/Advanced, Wednesdays, 6:30  p.m. – 8 p.m., starting Sept. 12
For students who have mastered the skills at the intermediate level and want to practice the Swedish language. The course will focus on advanced conversation, discussions, reading, and comparisons of Swedish and American culture and traditions. Classes will be held in Swedish.

Instructors

Hanna-Klara Thurfjell (Beginners I and II)
Hanna-Klara Thurfjell is a Swedish transplant who settled in Chicago 10 years ago. Born and raised in Örebro, Sweden, she moved to New York City in 2003, received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Criticism from Hunter College in 2008, and her Master’s from DePaul University in 2012. She is currently back in school working towards a second Master’s and is thrilled to teach in her first language here in Andersonville. Her teaching approach strives to make Swedish more approachable and fun, whether you’re establishing a connection to your roots, looking to learn a new language, or want to learn more about Swedish culture.

Claes Brameus (Intermediate)
Claes Brameus is born and raised in Sweden and studied in Uppsala. He moved to Stockholm and worked for Ericsson. It was in Stockholm he met his wife and their two daughters were born there. In 2011, the family moved to Texas. Claes engaged in Svenska Skolan (Swedish school) and worked with the children to continue their Swedish language. The family recently moved to Chicago and live near Andersonville. Claes works for Motorola Solutions, and is also a licensed real estate agent. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, cooking, and taking advantage of all the culture Chicago has to offer.

Benjamin Stopek (Conversation/Advanced)
Benjamin Stopek is a Swedish dual-citizen. He has been living in the U.S. for the past nine years. Recently a Chicago resident, Ben moved from the East Coast to be closer to friends and family. He works in the Chicago theatre scene as a writer and director. His main focus teaching Swedish is empathy work and helping students grasp abstract conversational topics and concepts.

REFUND POLICY: Class fee must be paid before or at the time of the first class. A tuition refund is available up to two days after the date of the first class. Tuition is not refundable after this time.  Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 if you have questions. Reservation can be made at the Museum or here


Swedish Language Classes