Learn the Danish language with audio lesson Essentials
Starting to learn a foreign language from scratch is never a simple task; it requires motivation, clear goals, and a strict learning structure to really succeed. Here at Tandem, we like to think we’re pretty knowledgable on the whole “learning a language” thing, so we’ve rustled up this post on how to learn Danish for beginners!
Before we get to the tricks and hacks on how to learn Danish, let’s start with the obvious question.
Why should I learn Danish?
The Danish language is spoken by approximately 5.6 million people worldwide. Outside of Denmark, you’ll find people speaking Danish in Germany, Greenland, Norway, and Sweden among others.
Compared to other Scandinavian languages, like Norwegian and Swedish, Danish is a tricky language to learn. Danes pronounce words completely different to how they are written, which can be a bit mind-boggling at times! On top of that, there are also extra letters (Æ, Ø, and Å) that aren’t in the English alphabet. But the fact that it’s a challenging language to learn is another reason to give it a go!
For those planning to live and work in Denmark, learning the language will increase the amount of work opportunities available to you. Similarly, if you’re to planning to enter into education in Denmark, it’s also a good idea to start learning the language well in advance so you don’t limit the types of courses you can enroll in.
Either way, complete beginners in Danish can start out slowly with the words for “hello” (halløj or hej), “please” (vær så venlig) and “thanks” (tak) and build up their vocabulary bit by bit.
How can I learn Danish as a beginner?
1. Take a language course at a language school
Admittedly, language classes aren’t for everyone, but they’re a great way to get you into the routine of learning a language and meet other new people in the city. It’s usually less daunting practicing languages with other non-native speakers! There are plenty of public and private language centers in Denmark with flexible courses depending on your schedule and language level. If your schedule is tight, you can also sign up for an online course.
2. Live with native speakers
Sometimes being forced to speak the language is the best way to advance your skills. Step out of your comfort zone and find a room in a flatshare with Danish natives. Simply being in an environment where you hear the language being spoken helps to tune your ears to the new sounds. You also tend to pick up colloquial or slang words and phrases quicker this way, which is one of the elements of language learning that isn’t easily taught…
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