What’s the most important next step in your journey to learn Danish? Speaking Danish on the job, or perhaps being able to engage in conversation and understand the Danes in your personal life? Improving your pronunciation? Expanding your vocabulary? Applying to a Danish vocational school?
To find the right course and get the most out of your Danish studies, it’s a good idea to think about the specific nature of your current goal.
Learning Danish is a tapestry of various skills: speaking, reading and writing, listening comprehension and pronunciation. All of our courses touch on these four skills, but with varying degrees of emphasis – which means that you can choose a course focused on the most important skills for helping you take the next step towards mastering Danish.
All of our courses are designed according to clearly defined learning goals. In the following, we present an overview of the most common goals and tips on choosing the right course for you.
Speak Danish with Danes – effortlessly and fluently
The main goal of most people who embark on learning Danish is gaining the ability to speak Danish in everyday life with colleagues, neighbors, doctors, store clerks, etc. Building your spoken Danish skills will empower you to navigate everyday situations and express your thoughts and personality – critical keys to establishing a fulfilling life in Denmark!
Spoken Danish focuses on:
- Understanding the Danes – their pronunciation, figures of speech and forms of conversation
- Formulating yourself effortlessly and constructing sentences correctly
- Building a relevant and modern vocabulary
- Improving your pronunciation of common Danish words
- Using everyday phrases and expressions
Our courses provide extensive opportunities to practice and improve your conversational skills. You’ll get accustomed to Danish pronunciation, expand your vocabulary so that you have the right words at your disposal,
learn to express your views, and gain the power to understand your counterpart’s questions and points. The course instruction is designed to ensure that you can practice a broad range of conversations while developing a rich and varied vocabulary that is relevant to your everyday life.
Reading and writing
Learn to work with and compose Danish text
Spoken and written Danish are light years apart – so there’s plenty of reason to dedicate some time to mastering written Danish. You’ll gain a far better understanding of the nuances of the language when you can read and write Danish, and it will make it easier for you to actively use Danish at work or in your studies.
Written Danish focuses on:
- Reading Danish texts of all kinds
- Spelling correctly
- Formulating sentences and arguments correctly – and according to the situation
- Composing a strongly-written text
- Knowing the grammatical rules and exceptions
Instruction in written Danish has a more thorough and intensive emphasis on Danish grammar, spelling and sentence structure. You will gain insight into the very foundations of the language and a stronger understanding of the grammatical rules and patterns that form the backbone of all texts.
At the same time, we maintain a pragmatic focus on the vocabulary and types of sentences that are relevant to you and your everyday life. We adapt the course instruction to make sure that you can immediately put your written skills to work and achieve tangible results.
Learn to hear and understand the nuances of Danish
Whether you’re listening to the radio, watching television, speaking on the phone or engaging in conversation, comprehension depends on your ability to understand the words, pronunciation and intonation.
Thus, listening comprehension is a key component of mastering any language. In our instruction, we practice listening to and understanding Danish – no matter who is speaking, what they’re talking about, or the medium through which their voice is reaching your ears.
Instruction in listening comprehension focuses on:
- Understanding spoken Danish – including rapid and unclear speech
- Learning relevant phrases, figures of speech and expressions
- Understanding nuances in pronunciation
- Gaining familiarity with different dialects and accents
- Decoding intonation and context in speech
It goes without saying that listening comprehension is first and foremost a matter of practice. The more you listen to Danish in various forms, the better you will become at decoding the meaning and understanding subtle nuances in communication. That’s why our instruction always includes a broad spectrum of listening exercises.
Crack the code of Danish phonetics
Danish pronunciation is borderline impossible – words are slurred together, endings are completely swallowed, and it’s incredibly difficult to see any resemblance between the written and spoken word.
And even if you succeed in understanding the Danes when they speak, there’s still no guarantee that they’ll understand you. If you slightly mispronounce even a single vowel or don’t place the stress correctly, chances are that Danes will just stare blankly at you in bewilderment.
Our instruction in pronunciation will help you master:
- The Danish vowels and “sinking vowels”
- The soft “d” and the challenging Danish “r”
- Stressed and unstressed syllables
- Sentence melody and intonation
- Pronunciation of word endings
Because pronunciation is so essential to your success with Danish, we recommend a dedicated focus on cracking the code. Nobody can guess their way to the pronunciation of Danish words – it takes practice! Focusing on Danish pronunciation supports all of your other learning goals and provides the necessary practice to comprehend and make yourself comprehensible in Danish.
Access to vocational education programs
Danish is an important key to admission to educational programs.
If you want to apply for admission to a vocational program of study in Denmark, you must possess the prerequisite language skills. We offer Danish courses that provide the diploma required for admission to programs where you can study to become a healthcare assistant, chef, carpenter, or one of many other trades.
You must also provide evidence of mathematical skills at 9th grade level. If you do not already have these qualifications, you can obtain them by completing our FVU Mathematics course.
Admission requirements for vocational education programs in Denmark:
- Passed 9th grade exam or equivalent from applicant’s home country
- The prerequisite Danish skills (e.g. FVU Reading level 4)
- Mathematics at 9th grade level (e.g. FVU Mathematics level 2)
Our courses help qualify you for admission to a Danish vocational education program and give you the tools you need to succeed.