The Native: Evening Courses in Gothenburg

2010-11-11. Published in Life in Gothenburg
by Nils Pasi

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'週に 一回 にほんごを ならっています。' I learnt this sentence earlier this week, so chances are I may have made a mistake with the grammar somewhere. Nonetheless, it should mean something along the lines of 'I attend Japanese classes once a week.' Although the finer points of grammatical correctness are very important to me in the long run, right now all I want to do is point to the fact that I am attending evening classes. Why bring special attention to that? Well, because this week's special theme is... Evening Courses!

There are two large organizers of evening courses in Sweden: Folkuniversitetet and Medborgarskolan. I have so far taken evening courses in solo song (a long time ago) at Medborgarskolan, and music theory and Japanese at Folkuniversitetet. All courses so far have been interesting and the teachers have been good, which is especially true of the Japanese classes, or else I would not have continued for three semesters, soon to be four.

Both Folkuniversitetet and Medborgarskolan offer a wealth of courses, most of which are held in Swedish. So if you are comfortable enough with the Swedish language, there are lots of opportunities for you to further develop hobbies or past time interests through evening courses during your stay in Gothenburg. If you have not yet mastered the Swedish language, the selection of courses available in English may be limited at best. Naturally, you can study English, and there should be Swedish language courses as well, which is great since once you have mastered those, you can move on the vast number of courses taught in Swedish! However, there are courses like, for instance, Japanese where the course literature is in English. There are also private lessons offered in some cases. Solo song and learning to play the piano are two examples of private lessons that spring to mind.

In short, it never hurts to try. If you are looking to attend evening courses in Sweden, check out these two websites, and should you find something interesting, you can always ask and see if it is really necessary to speak Swedish, or if it possible to get by on English.

Folkuniversitetet: (english version available)
Medborgarskolan: (only Swedish version available)

/Nils, team 2010