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I live in sweden and talk swedish. This courses teach me what all things are called like Methods,Objects,Printstream and so on. Will i be able to get a job in sweden as a programmer if i dont even know the swedish java terms? If not is it easy to learn?

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Well... I'm Dutch and we simply use the English terms here (I hardly even know any development terms in Dutch). Anyway - I don't see why you shouldn't be able to get a job in Sweden if you don't know the terms in Swedish.

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi quexin ! I also live in Sweden. I have a couple of colleagues/friends here who are also developers. What I've found is that in many cases there are no Swedish terms for some of these things. Generally speaking, when a word is very close to its English equivalent then they might spell or pronounce it in the Swedish form. For example, "objekt" and "object" , "metod" and "method", and "klass" and "class". These are just some examples.

But in some cases, the English equivalent differs greatly in spelling and pronunciation from how a Swede might say it. In those cases, they've generally adopted the English version. I'd be willing to say that you're more likely to not get a job if you don't know the English version than the Swedish as there doesn't seem to be a consensus on what the Swedish term should be.

Also, if you check out KTH or Nackademin and some other technical schools you'll see that they generally require English B at the "gymnasium" level to even apply to the courses. This is because a good deal of your course material/literature will be in English. From what I know, a developer in Sweden is expected to know the English terms as there is no standard for the Swedish terms for these things.

Good luck to you! :sparkles: