When I sat down to learn about Apple's new programming language, Swift, a few months ago, I started noticing similarities to other languages. This wasn't suprising, as it was touted as a language that drew from languages commonly accepted as being productive for the developer. We heavily use Groovy here at Spantree, and a lot of the syntax and concepts in Swift reminded me of Groovy. This presentation is the first of a few to familiarize other Groovy programmers with the language.