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Speakdanish started out in 2003 as an aid for foreigners learning Danish in Denmark. It soon grew in popularity and is today the number one online Danish learning course. It is used by newcomers in Denmark, people who want to reconnect with their Danish heritage, and others who are simply interested in learning a new language.
Speakdanish is approachable and authentic, based on modern language-learning principles. It teaches contemporary Danish in a style that is familiar with the needs of a new generation of learners. No more drilling of tedious grammar rules; Speakdanish will get you speaking basic Danish within weeks and will serve as an invaluable reference for many years to come.
Best of luck with your new language!
Q: Are you a language school?/ Do you offer private classes?/ Do you offer accommodation in Denmark?/ Do you offer any kind of certification for completing the course?
A: Speakdanish is an independent online language course whose main purpose is to help you learn Danish effectively. None of the above applies.
Q: How does the course work?
A: This course differs from other common and traditional language-learning approaches in the sense that it is not constructed from the bottom up. It does not begin with basic grammatical structures and follow a path of increasing complexity.
The course is based on phrases instead of explanations of the rules. Through a process of induction (deriving rules from a set of examples and putting the pieces together without being told how to do it), your brain creates a language framework all by itself. You might not be aware of it, but your brain is actually quite good at doing this. In simple terms, all you need to know is what the words mean (vocabulary) and have examples of how those words are arranged (syntax). The bottom line: you learn better from examples than from rules.
The course is divided into 20 lessons. Each lesson is simply a conversation and a subsequent analysis of the conversation. It also has a reference section (phrasebook, pronunciation and grammar) for further study.
Except for most of the grammar section, every word and sentence has a play button that allows you to hear the pronunciation. Every sentence has an additional slowed-down audio version, represented by an elongated play button. This is the heart of the course. Danish pronunciation is notoriously difficult, which makes it nearly impossible to learn from a book. With the thousands of audio-enabled words and sentences in this course, there will be no need to guess the pronunciation; you’ll be speaking Danish right from the start – with confidence!