Swedish Language Classes

Swedish Language Classes

The Swedish American Museum offers evening Swedish Classes: Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate, and Intermediate II. All courses will run for 10 weeks with classes running 90 minutes. The instructor is Jack Rogalla.

Summer classes start in June. Tuition is $150 for Museum members, $180 for non-members. Books are not included in tuition. There will be a maximum of 15 students and a minimum of 4 students per class. 

Beginners I
For students who have no knowledge of the Swedish language. Students will learn the fundamentals: basic grammar, vocabulary, conversation and Swedish culture and traditions. Classes will be held in English. Mondays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. *We will skip the week of July 1.

Beginners II
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. Tuesdays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. *We will skip the week of July 1.

Intermediate I
For students who have a working knowledge of Swedish, including elementary conversation and reading. The course will cover advanced grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Classes will be held in Swedish and English. Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. *We will skip the week of July 1.                             

Intermediate II
A continuation of Intermediate using the Rivstart textbook, with the goal of completing Chapters 11-13. Sundays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                               

2024 Dates

Spring Session: Jan. 29 - April 15

Summer Session: June 10 – Aug. 19 (skipping the week of July 1)

***Intermediate II will take place June 23 - Aug. 25

Fall Session: Sept. 16 – Dec. 9 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)


Jack Rogalla
Hello, my name is Jack Rogalla and I am excited to be teaching Swedish Language Classes. My interest in Swedish started at a young age when family from Sweden came to visit us in Chicago. I grew up speaking only a few phrases with my grandmother and aunties until I began studying Swedish at North Park University. There, I was given the opportunity to study a semester in Jönköping, Sweden and reconnect with more relatives. I graduated with a BA in Scandinavian Studies in 2020 and am now elated to be working with the Swedish American Museum. Learning the language has allowed me to experience a new culture, introduced me to a variety of literature and films, and made way for new friendships. I hope that you can find as much enjoyment and fulfillment in your journey as I have in mine.

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.