Swedish lessons are available at Penobscot Language School, 28 Gay St., starting the week of Sept. 19. Classes for beginners focus on basic phrases, grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. Intermediate students build grammar and conversational skills while expanding their knowledge of Sweden, the Swedish culture and its history.

Instructor Helena Gagliano lived in Sweden for 16 years with her Italian parents, who worked in Stockholm. She attended the prestigious private schools Ecole Fran├žaise Saint Louis and later on, the "Franska Skolan" in the heart of Stockholm. Gagliano holds a diploma in education and is a certified court interpreter, with eight years of experience. She also teaches Italian at the Penobscot School.

For further information about these and other courses and to register, contact the school at 594-1084 or visit penobscot.us.