The weather has gotten cooler and the sun goes down earlier. I don’t know about you, but after the sun sets my motivation for the day plummets. I just want to be home snuggled up under a mountain of blankets with some cocoa. While I may not be motivated to do school work, I don’t want to be totally unproductive. I think one of the best ways to learn Swedish is by watching TV. When I first moved to Sweden, I watched so many children’s shows to build a strong base of vocabulary. Once I felt confident in the basics of the language, I decided to move on to TV shows and movies that while the language was more difficult to follow I found the content of the program more entertaining.
Here are some of my favorite shows:
-Modus: This crime show follows a family who seems to be at the center of all the crime in Stockholm including the disappearance of the President of the United States
-Bron: This is my personal favorite on the list. It is a Swedish-Danish joint production that follows Malmö detective, Saga Norén. Bron is one of the best shows I’ve seen. It is well made, the pace of the story is quick and you never know what to expect. As an added bonus, you may be able to recognize some of the filming locations in Malmö and Copenhagen. There is even one short scene shot in Lund!
-Solsidan: This is a comedy about two families whose lives just seem to attract strange and humorous situations. While I greatly enjoy this show, it can be a little harder for me to follow since the language tends to be a little tongue and cheek. It was recently renewed for a new season, so obviously the Swedish people love Solsidan as well.
-Mumin (Moomin): If you have stepped inside a library or a Åhlens, you most likely have seen this little creature. Mumin comes from a series of children’s books written by Tove Jansson. This little family of Mumintrolls and their friends always have the most heartwarming stories. No wonder it’s a classic!
I hope these suggestions will help you find your new favorite TV show!