Let’s continue on the Expat Feedback series with one of my fellow student Carina. I am very pleased to be able to share again a new expat feedback on the blog!
I have been studying Danish with Carina since Module 3.2 and like many of us, she is a very determined student to become a pro at Danish!
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading this post, where she shares her personal experience of learning Danish.
Thank you Carina!
Hi, my name is Carina and I am from Germany. I have been living in Denmark since January 2017.
I started Danish classes in February at VUF (Voksen Uddannelsescenter Frederiksberg). Since I already learned some basic Danish back home in Germany, I skipped module 1 and started right away with module 2.
In May I decided to change my language school, because I wanted to have more intensive and demanding classes. I started with module 3.2 in Studieskolen.
How did you find the registering process at the schools when you enrolled?
In both schools, VUF and Studieskolen, I had no problems with registering. Since I already knew some Danish, my language skills needed to be tested beforehand.
At VUF one of the secretaries talked a few basic sentences in Danish with me and then decided that I should start in module 2. I think this level was too low. After the first day in class I asked if it was possible to switch to a more advanced class. Unfortunately, this was not possible. That is also one of the reasons, why I decided to change the language school.
At Studieskolen the Danish test seemed more professional. First, I had to write a short text in Danish and then I talked to a Danish teacher. In my opinion this system works much better to assess someone’s Danish skills and to place him or her in the right class.
Have you taken breaks?
If you are still studying, which module are you on now?
I am currently in Module 5.1
Day classes vs evening classes?
I attended both, day and evening classes, at Studieskolen. If you have the time to attend day classes, you should do it. There you get more practice than in the evening classes. In my opinion day classes are also more fun, because you get to know the other students better and thus there is a better group feeling in the class.
Which study books have you used at school and your experience with them?
Puls 2 (in Module 2 at VUF): The book has a lot of different exercise types and is well structured (with a grammar section at the end). But in my opinion, there were too many repetitions (regarding the topics).
Det kommer (in Module 3.2): I liked it, because it covers interesting topics and it comes with its own exercise book, which I found very useful.
Pæredansk (in Module 4): There are some topics, that were already covered in earlier modules (such as food and animals), but in this book, there is a stronger focus on new vocabulary. At the end of the book there is a short grammar section, which makes it easier to look up specific questions.
Currently we are working with a new book written by Birte Langgaard. The book is not yet published. I like it, because we get to talk about some new topics, such as health and politics.
Update from August 2018: The book has been published, it is called “Højt til loftet” (Published in 2018).
Do you think it is easy to apply your Danish (that you learned at school) in the everyday life?
At the beginning it is very hard. It happened several times to me, that I asked something in Danish and got the answer in English. This is frustrating, but it is important not to give up too quickly.
What do you do outside of school to practice your Danish?
I have language buddies that I meet regularly. These are Danish native speakers that would like to improve their German.
When we meet, we usually talk one hour in German and then one hour in Danish. This way we both get to practice the language we want to learn. I started meeting with them in February/March and I found it very useful to lose the fear of speaking Danish outside of school.
Have you watched Danish movies that you think are worth seeing for other students?
Do you have any tips about how to improve your Danish while studying and being in Denmark
It is very important to use Danish outside of class. Therefore, I recommend reading Danish books or newspapers, watching Danish movies and getting some Danish friends or language buddies that are patient enough to speak Danish with you even though your Danish is not perfect yet.
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