Sweden changes its language for immigrants

 
Sweden changes its language for immigrants
The Swedes believe that changing the language will help immigrants find jobs, and that they will start flocking to the unemployment office now that they can speak freely, with an accent.

The state-owned staffing company Lernia, on January 31 launched a new Swedish language standard to bring people with poor Swedish skills into the labor market, reports Östran.

The idea behind changing the official Swedish, is so that immigrants more easily can enter the labor market. The plan is also that companies and organizations should start using the new Swedish standard, with an accent, as a voice on their answering machines and voice services, writes Östran.

- National Swedish has been a standard for how people should speak, so-called "flawless Swedish", but for us linguists nothing is right or wrong, says Mikael Parkvall, a linguist who helped Lernia to develop the new Swedish standard.

Parkvall believes that there is no flawless Swedish and therefore he wants to mix the existing dialects and accents.

Ina Tzacheva, Training Manager at Lernia, is enthusiastic about the project and believes that there is a labor shortage in both Sweden and Europe. Therefore, she believes that the language must be relativized so that immigrants can more easily enter the labor market.

- We want to focus on competence, not on the language or how it sounds, she says to Östran.

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