So, do you speak Swedish?


I am Ruiqing Ni, PhD student at Dept. Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet. I am from Shanghai, China and live in Sweden for about five and half years. I like travel, bake and sports, especially Yoga and Zumba. I am working in Division of Translational Alzheimer Neurobiology, Prof. Agneta Nordberg’s lab. Our group is located at South campus, near Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge (a bit away from the main Solna campus, though).

A little bit more about my study here:) My doctoral research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanism of Alzheimer’s Disease.I used transgenic mice models of Alzheimer’s Disease, molecular imaging such as positron emission tomography (PET), autoradiography as tools to detect the early changes in the disease development.

novum, Huddinge campus

(Novum, Karolinska Huddinge Campus)

So, do you speak Swedish?

This is the question pop up within 10 minutes after saying having been here for more than 5 years. And the answer is still Jag talar litet svenska (I speak a little Swedish, shame on me). From my experience, it is absolutely ok to survive, study as a Master/PhD student, and live in Sweden with speaking only English. Since the academic language here is English (the courses, seminars, and articles we read and write). Our colleagues and lab-mates are an international mixture. And actually Swedes have ranked two times in a row as the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world.

However, it would be much fun and help understand the culture better if learn a bit more Swedish.

Online tools:

Swedish language studies

Digitala spåret

Swedish On-Line: Beginner’s Courses from folkuniversitetet offers free language lessons online

Course offered by Stockholm University

Course by Swedish Institutet

Lexin Bildteman

8SIDOR (Swedish news recommended by SFI teachers)

If in Sweden already:

Of course the free Svenska för invandrare (SFI) in every commune (Rumor says that SFI has already been using IPAD mini in the class.

Language course at Folkuniversitetet is highly recommended by many.


(Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm)

Hej då!

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