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Expat feedback – Mimi from China


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.

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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