There are many ways to learn Danish, and learning Danish can be done online for free. Whether you plan on moving to Denmark or you simply want to learn Danish for various other reasons, here are 6 helpful tips to get you going in the right direction.
Get Textbooks and Audio CDs in Danish
There are numerous text books you can buy that can help you learn basic Danish grammar and words. These are very helpful if you want to do self study on your own time, and you can combine these with different programs you can follow along with on your computer. Rosetta Stone is well known for helping people with learning languages, and their level 1 program for learning Danish is particularly helpful.
In some cities, Danish is actually taught in some local language centers. It’s always helpful to get the immediate support while learning a new language and learning Danish is no different.
Read Danish Newspapers
It’s very useful to read newspapers because it will allow you see different sentence structures and allow you to develop your vocabulary. It would be a good idea to keep a dictionary near by or find one online.
Reading Danish newspapers is extremely helpful in accelerating your ability to learn Danish because it’s free and you will find many interesting stories that will keep you reading. There is a pretty extensive list on onlinenewspapers.com. Some newspapers you can try reading include Alt om København (Everything about Copenhagen) or Horsens Folkeblad.
Listen to Danish Radio Programs
Listening to radio programs will help you learn to understand Danish from a hearing perspective. Reading Danish on paper and listening to it are two completely different things, and listening to radio programs will bring you up to speed. You can go to DR.dk and listen to live streaming radio programs or download recorded audios. This way, you can load programs onto your IPOD or MP3 player and learn Danish while you’re washing the dishes or going for a walk.
Watch TV Programs, Internet Shows or Movies With Subtitles
Sometimes its more interesting to watch documentaries and segments instead of just listening to Danish radio programs. You can go to TV 2 Denmark to watch programs. If you live in Denmark, you can watch programs in English, and follow along the subtitles in Danish, so you can pick up on common phrases. If you’re not in Denmark, you can still watch Danish movies with English subtitles and learn conversational Danish that way.
Speak Danish to People, or Use Skype
If you are not in Denmark, you can find a language exchange in your city. You can help someone with their English or another language, and in exchange, they can help you with your Danish. Another alternative is you can check Skype for language exchanges and speak to someone in Denmark through Skype. This way you can learn Danish without ever having to leave your home and do it on your own time.
Continually Read, Write, Speak and Listen to Danish
It’s important to constantly incorporate these four elements. Otherwise, you can fall into the trap of being able to speak Danish and not being able to write, or being able to write, but not being able to speak.
When you continually read, write,speak and listen to Danish, you will learn Danish in no time because these four support each other like four pillars would support a roof.