Just joined the group. 1/4 Swede (of the Gumerson persuasion). Tried to learn the language several times without the aid of a natural speaker to help. Maybe I'll actually ramp up the effort now. I have lessons on ipod, but perhaps I'll learn more by reading some of your posts. I feel strongly about my Swedish blood - it's the closest link I have back to the common ancestor. Nice to meet ya'll. Any suggestions about learning the language would be greatly appreciated.