Expat-feedback-Yao - Learn Danish - IA Sprog


This week, I am very happy to feature yet another expat feedback. Say hi to Yao who is from China!
She completed her Prøve i Dansk 3 exam in June 2018 in Copenhagen, with IA Sprog.

I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading this post, where she shares a lot about her personal experience.

Thank you Yao 🙂

About you
Hi, I am Yao from China. I have been in Denmark for nearly 3 years.
I hold a Master’s Degree (English Studies, focus on linguistics).


Danish classes
Which school did you attend?
IA Sprog

How did you find the registering process at the school when you enrolled?
The registering process was easy and effortless. The counselor at IA was helpful and professional in evaluating my ability in terms of language learning. Actually I found another language school in the beginning (cannot remember which one it was) but they were reluctant to offer me online courses and suggested several other schools to me. I contacted IA then. I have been happy at IA and never changed school.


Did you take breaks?
No. Straight from March 2016 to June 2018.

Day classes vs evening classes?
I did online class (1 hour/week) for the first 4 modules and day class (2 4-hour classes/week) for a small repetition of Module 4 and the entire Module 5.

How did you find the various modules at school?
Generally I find them all good, in regard to teachers, teaching materials, teaching arrangements (homework etc.) and teaching styles. The process is well designed.
For example, we get teaching materials that respond to the desired difficulty of different modules. And the teachers are also well-trained and well-arranged (more experienced teachers to more advanced modules)


Prøve i Dansk 3 exam
How was the Prøve i Dansk 3 examination?
I took the May/June 2018 PD3. The written part is easy for me (easier than those in the past years). The oral part is average (neither easy or difficult).

Any suggestions in terms of the preparation to PD3?
It’s always good to have a structure, either for essay, oral presentation, or answers to specific questions.Try writing based on preset structures for several times to estimate the length and the time.

Would you recommend any resources to help others?
Listen to debates on P1 (DR). Even if you don’t understand, you get to develop the familiarity to the Danish language. If you understand it mostly, think about their opinions (whether you agree with them or not) and learn how they organize their thoughts, points and arguments – imagine that you are on the broadcast in air and try to organize some responses to the topic by yourself.


Did you think the exam was difficult?

Any comments regarding written exam and oral exam?
The written part is easy for me (easier than those in the past years). The oral part is average (neither easy or difficult).

Any comments, recommendations you would like to share with others?
Try think in the Danish way. The exam is not just about the language – language takes up only a small part actually. It’s more about culture and society, and skills such as logical thinking and discussing.

Study Books
Which study books have you used at school for the various modules?
Skolegade, Puls, I gang, Danske stemmer, Rødebutikken, At skrive

Would you recommend these books?
I recommend Skolegade, I gang, Rødebutikken, At skrive.

Skolegade (Used in Module 1-3, mainly Module 1&2): A very full, thorough textbook that covers most if not all aspects of the Danish language: vocabulary (especially conjugation), example sentences, grammar, exercise, scenarios of everyday life. It’s a bit old but good for starters, especially the vocabulary.

I gang (Used in Module 2-3): Scenarios of everyday life. It introduces many expressions of spoken Danish and the videos are fun to watch.

Rødebutikken (Used in Module 5): Very practical reference for the difficult but subtle words in Danish. Highly recommended for writing practice.

At skrive (Used in Module 4&5, mainly Module 5): Very good summary of writing skills and difficult words (conjunctions and adverbs). For more advanced Danish learners. Among all the books I would recommend this one the most.

At skrive - Learn Danish

Danish practice
Do you think it is easy to apply your Danish (that you learned at school) in the everyday life?

What do you do outside of school to practice your Danish?
I have a language partner and I listen to broadcast in Danish.

Have you listened to Danish podcasts that you think are worth listening to for other students?
Debates on P1 (DR) and Mads & Monopolet.

Mads og Monopolet - Danish podcast PR4

Have you listened to Danish music that you think is worth listening to for other students?
I listen to Rasmus Seebach sometimes. I would recommend him.

Do you have any tips about how to improve your Danish while studying and being in Denmark?
Make the best of the opportunities offered at the language schools, such as practicing oral Danish and help for homework.
Your schoolmates can also be very helpful and resourceful in terms of learning Danish.

Yao also has a blog, make sure to check it out > https://yaozhangblog.wordpress.com