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Swedish movies and series to learn (& get acquainted with) pronunciation?


I've started learning swedish a while ago and have been enjoying the swedish tree alot (havn't progressed as far as i wanted to.. but that'll come!)

To get a better "feel" for the swedish languange i've been trying to find movies/music/series in swedish. And where better to ask for recommendations then in the discussion thread? :)

I do highly recommend to watch "Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2113681. Explosions and humor, can't go wrong with that :)

What movies/songs/series would you recommend to watch?

Tack så mycket!

January 5, 2015



I love Movits!, but it seems like the vocalist has a fairly non-standard accent. I've heard he's from Luleå, and I don't know much about the Norrland accents, but I have heard him pronounce Rs with a Zh sound. My ear isn't clever enough to catch any other accent features, but I don't think it's exactly Rikssvenska.


I think it's good to get a mix of accents. My girlfriend is from Luleå and that accent was the first I was acquainted with. I actually prefer it when compared to "Stockholmska". If you want a good Stockholm accent, I think Mange Schmidt is good. I believe "Timbuktu" is more from the South and has an even odder accent, more like Danish. Zacke usually does a lot with Movits and also is from Luleå I believe. My music library has been growing a ton of Swedish music in the past few years!

Funny thing is I met a girl from Stockholm here in America when I was more basic in the language and not exposed to that accent. I couldn't understand anything they said because of the way they pronounce "själv" as opposed to the northerners. And don't forget the way they agree by breathing in haha.


I think Timbuktu's accent is a bit more like a Skåne accent, which does sound Danish. The Swedish hip-hop scene is surprisingly a thing. But yes, a mix of accents makes for a more holistic understanding of the language's phonology, methinks.


Yeah I was surprised when I started listening to different hip-hop artists and found that they are better than most American artists in my opinion.


For some reason I can't reply to your comment Skolpaddor... But yeah, like I said "in my opinion"... I would have to say I still hold my opinion in referrence to current hip-hop, if there even is such a thing. I don't consider much of what's on the radio these days relevant at all. I just can't stand how degrading and immature and moronic it is. Again, my opinion. But I do have to agree with you that the classic stuff was really good and I like it. But as far as what's coming out today, I vastly prefer Swedish over American. To each their own. Hip Hop isn't my favorite genre anyways.


I wouldn't go that far. Every scene has interesting artists, but America is still the birthplace of and forge for great rap. Even if you don't like the legends, the American scene is bursting with great artists: Aesop Rock, Tyler the Creator, Sage Francis, Blackalicious, Brother Ali, Del the Funky Homosapien, the guys from Deltron 3030, Guante, Rakim, Nas, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T...the list goes on.

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I'm giving you a lingot for your id. Skoldpaddor är awesome! ;)


I like Bron/Broen (The Bridge) a lot. It's in Danish and Swedish. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzidbHbvAuw

(Both seasons are available on Netflix UK, they're not available on Netflix USA though)


I believe it's time to get netflix back. Trailer looks great! thanks for the tip


Here's a catalogue of movies/series on Netflix with good subtitles, sorted by language: http://languagelearningwithnetflix.com/catalogue.html

Also, here's an extension that adds bilingual subs, pop-up dictionary, and improved playback control: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lln-language-learning-wit/hoombieeljmmljlkjmnheibnpciblicm


I'm watching this series and it's great! I do watch it with subtitles because they talk fast, but I can understand it reasonably well


Are you able to watch it with Swedish subtitles?


Yes, but only for the Danish, at least when I last checked.


Oh, I have just checked it on Polish Netflix and unfortunately it has only Polish subtitles, so annoying...


Change your Netflix language setting to Swedish.


I did, but it did not help, unfortunately


You can watch full episodes of popular children's tv-series "Alfons Åberg" on youtube. It is particularly good for those who are beginners/intermediate Swedish learners as the language isn't complex and dialogue is slow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k8I2UB8tSU


Welcome to Sweden a comedy sitcom. There is a Swedish version and English version but both speak English and Swedish along with sub-titles

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    Yes I love Welcome to Sweden!


    A couple of amazing Swedish films that I know are on Netflix: As It Is in Heaven, and We are the Best!

    Both are heartwarming and an amazing perspective on life in Sweden.


    "Äkta Människor" is also pretty successful, you should be able to find it without too much difficult. It's kind of a science-fiction show depicting a world in which humans and robots live together. It's really well done :)


    I've read a lot of good things about this one. It is at the top of my to buy list once I get good enough at listening to the language. Unfortunately it seems like that will be a long time.


    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy on netflix is one of my favorites .. It's completely in Swedish but they're mystery/thriller type movies


    You can watch Swedish state-tv online for free here: http://www.svtplay.se/ enjoy :)


    The 'julkalendern' on SVT is quite cool, ~15 min every day on december, for kids, the story is not complicated, quite fun, and characters overplay so you don't need to understand everything to follow. And, important thing, this one is available abroad sweden :-) and there are swedish subtitles available ! http://www.svt.se/barnkanalen/alla-dagar-fram-till-jul/#


    Wow. This is great. I can actually understand most of what they say, and it`s beautifully filmed. Thanks for the suggestion.


    This is probably a bit advanced but if you like food and history then Historieätarna is great! Here is the first episode of season 1 :)


    Food.. yes, always good! It also has the option to turn swedish subtitles on wich should help, tack :) I'll just prepare myself for 58 minutes of only understanding words when they're actively pointing at what they're talking about...

    Also good luck with your dutch tree! have a lingot for learning that languange :)

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    "Du pratar som en grävling!" "Duel!"

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    I just watched "Morden i Sandhamn / The Sandhamn Murders" seasons 1-3 on Hulu and thoroughly enjoyed the show. As I'm still a newbie at Swedish, I relied on the subtitles and was thrilled when I could make out the occasional phrase. Next, I plan to watch the "Wallander" series; the Swedish one. (The first season of the BBC version was pretty good. Loved the subtle visual effects.)

    If you like classic cinema, Ingmar Bergman films like "Persona" are easy to find online. He directed some really good dramas and what we'd call psychological thrillers today. I also enjoyed a movie called "Liv & Ingmar". It is a memoir of Liv Ullman's relationship with Ingmar Bergman. It is mainly in English, but has many clips from old movies in Swedish.

    As for music: I really like the sound of a band called Kent. No idea what they are singing, yet.

    Looking forward to finding some of the suggestions from the others here. :)



    Speaking of some classic Bergman, 'Smultronstället' is a very good film.


    Hej, I just started learning swedish as well and I highly recommend watching some of Lukas Moodysson's films. He's a pretty notable swedish director and it's because of his movies I became interested in the language and decided to learn it. Even before I started the swedish course, I caught on to some words & phrases in swedish through watching his films. It also helped me understand the pronunciation of swedish words. His films are pretty extravagant, but also quite heart-warming! Here's a list of 3 of Moodysson's best swedish-language films: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_the_Best! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Together_(2000_film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_Me_Love_(film)

    I believe all 3 are on netflix, but I don't have netflix so I wouldn't be able to verify. Hopefully you enjoy them and help you the way they did for me! :)


    Is all of these tv shows free to watch at SVT play?

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      We watched Ragnarok on Netflix a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. It was pretty well paced, interesting and mostly in Swedish!


      Havn't seen that one yet, so i'll give it a shot :) trailer looks good. It does slightly look like a scandinavian version of godzilla meets indiana jones. Luckily that's not a bad thing :)

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        that's exactly how I would describe it! Not the best movie ever but it wasn't bad for sure!


        I'm pretty sure Ragnarok is a Norwegian film


        Imdb does state that the movie is norwegian (shot in finnmarka, amazing place).. But lower down it also sais "swedish"..

        Not sure how much all the scandinavian languanges sound alike i must add and if it gets confusing to hear them all while just learning swedish..

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          Yes it does take place in finnmarka but I'm pretty sure a good chunk of it is spoken in Swedish, though Norwegian could just be very similar. Either way it helped to hear a Scandinavian language spoken and I could understand some of it. (regardless it was an entertaining film!)


          I once saw a short swedish film called "Lyckantropen".


          Also, I know some music in swedish, if you ask I can recommend you some music in swedish.


          Which Swedish music do you recommend?


          If you like metal, Vintersorg has various songs in Swedish, Lifelover also has a lot of songs in Swedish, and Sabaton has an album in Swedish too.

          If you like prog-rock, Änglagård has some Swedish stuff, and also Råg i Ryggen.

          If you like pop, Marie Fredriksson sings in Swedish.

          If you like Jazz, Monica Zetterlund sings in Swedish.



          I commented on another comment regarding music, but remembered this link I had with a lot of good music suggestions. A lot of the links don't work, but much of the music is good. I noticed a few in my library that isn't on this list; Linnea Henriksson, and Veronica Maggio both have a fun sound.

          I've tried to watch a few different movies, some I didn't care for. Arn Part 1 and 2 were pretty good. Reminded me of Braveheart. I tried finding "Hundraåringen.." but I couldn't... I ended up buying the book and realized I couldn't read as well as I thought I might... so I set it aside to try again after I've got some more practice reading.

          Speaking of reading, I think getting some kids books would be a great idea! I got "Mio min Mio" as a gift, and you can't really go wrong with any Astrid Lingren books.

          Things done in Swedish definitely help get a "feel" for the culture and whatnot, but if you're just looking for entertaining ways to learn the language, I recommend subtitles. I've gone to the theater a few times in Sweden and I've seen some shows with subtitles and I feel like they help tremendously! If you can watch English programs with Swedish subtitles that's really fun.

          I've been dating a Swedish girl for over a year now, and we mostly just speak English, so I've had to learn a lot on my own and look up my own resources.. I could probably keep rambling but I'll cut it short.

          Lycka till!


          I really enjoyed watching Män som hatar kvinnor, Flickan som lekte med elden, and Luftslottet som sprängdes. They're gripping action/dramas with excellent acting, and they follow the books they're based on very well (The Millennium Series). You'll hear many accents in many different settings from romance to interrogation.

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          If you're in the US you can watch MHz Networks http://www.mhznetworks.org which shows European mysteries and crime drama, including many Swedish ones (with English subtitles). The shows are broadcast at 9PM EST/ 6PM PST and repeated at 12PM EST/ 9PM PST daily. Many cable TV and satellite providers carry this non-commercial channel but you might not know you get it and this list is incomplete. http://www.mhznetworks.org/mhz-worldview/carriage. Seattle residents it is Channel 334 on Comcast.

          All programs are streamed live online at the time they air on TV. Some programs (the ones they have the rights for this) may be watched online anytime for up to 1 week after they air, here: http://www.mhznetworks.org/programs/full-episodes.

          Currently they are showing Beck on Sundays and Enemy's Enemy on Wednesday and on February 20th Commander Hamilton will begin. Also there are programs in Danish, Norwegian, German, French, Italian...

          Finally they sell DVDS of some series in US format http://shop.mhznetworks.org

          Learn Swedish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.