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Expat feedback – Mimi from China

Hej!

Let’s continue on the “Expat feedback” series, which started with two of my fellow expat students, Maria from Greece and Emilie from France.
This time, I got feedback from another expat whom I also go to Studieskolen with, Mimi (who was born in China and grew up in Japan).
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading this post, where she shares her personal experience of learning Danish.

Thank you Mimi!


About you
My name is Mimi and I am Chinese.
I have been living in Denmark since May 2016.

Your school
I have been at Studieskolen since September 2016.

What is your feedback on the modules that you attended?
I am in currently in module 4.1.
Looking back, I actually found Module 1 was very helpful for me to have a grasp of Danish language. My teacher was at his 70 and asked us to memorize some very common/frequent short conversations by heart, and use these every day when we met. I know it sounds old-school, but I think that he planted seeds in our head before we start to question Danish grammar.
On the other hand, Module 2 was full of grammar, and provided more in-depth knowledge than module 1. It felt very familiar but with more variety of Danish expressions and vocabulary.
Module 3 – This was when the announcement in the metro/trains started to make some sense…

Day classes vs evening classes?
Luckily I am able to take morning classes. I like to absorb new information in the morning, and use them in the rest of the day.

Tips/Suggestions
Do you have any tips about how to improve your Danish while studying and being in Denmark

I try to get myself used to the language little by little everyday. It is very random but I decided to use Danish, whenever I need to count numbers. I also try to say things like “of course”, “Yes/No”, “It’s ok” etc in Danish as much as I can during the day.
I hope my brain will eventually pick Danish as the first choice to speak with the others someday.

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