Learning Danish - any advice or recommended resources?
Thread poster: Fiona Grace Peterson

Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:16
Italian to English
Sep 29, 2009

I want to learn Danish; not for translation purposes but because the language and culture fascinates me, and I'd like to visit there one day and have sufficient language to at least make myself understod, and hopefully gain further insight into the culture and history of the country.

What resources would anyone recommend?
Input of any kind is welcome - experiences, anecdotes, advice... whatever!

ETA: Any experience of Rosetta Stone, anyone?

Thanks for readingicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2009-09-29 13:42 GMT]


Rick Henry  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:16
Italian to English
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Have not used Rosetta Stone... Sep 29, 2009

But, one series I've used with good results is the "Teach Yourself" series.

It's a nice combination of oral and written material and it's not too expensive.

By the time you finish the "Teach Yourself" course, you should have no trouble understanding newspapers and radio/tv broadcasts.

At least that's been my experience with the couple of courses I've taken.



Birgit Holst  Identity Verified
English to Danish
Best way to learn Danish Sep 29, 2009

Hi Fiona,
the very best way to learn Danish is to come to Denmark.
I'll provide you with a few links:


These kind of courses are great fun and interesting. A lot of Danes spend their holidays on courses like these, both young, old and families. Apart from learning Danish the subjects are numerous.
Good luck to you, and enjoy!


Dinny  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:16
Italian to Danish
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That's a real challenge! Sep 29, 2009

Hi Fiona,
I wish you the best of luck! I have always heard that it is very difficult to learn my native language... foreigners usually find it a lot easier to learn Swedish, although the languages are quite similar, Swedish has some kind of built-in "melody" which seems to make it easier to pronounce.

As for Rosetta Stone, I use it at the moment to learn Greek. It requires some discipline (which I somehow lack!), but it is very, very useful. It is also quite expensive, IMO.

When you manage to learn the basics, you might want to try it out on a daily online newspaper? Try www.politiken.dk

All the best



Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:16
Member (2004)
English to Italian
yes... Sep 29, 2009

I learnt Danish at Uni... challenging, but not incredibly difficult... we (Italians) say that Danish people speak like they have a potato in their mouth...icon_smile.gif No offence!


Brian Young  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:16
Danish to English
potato Sep 29, 2009

Thats funny, Danes always say that Americans talk like they have a potato in their mouth.
I agree with Birgit. Go to Denmark, it's a great place. And I don't agree that it is easier to learn Swedish. Danish is a beautiful language, and Denmark and the Danes are tops.


Hannah Dorthea Nielsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:16
Member (2008)
German to Danish
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Listen to radio and watch TV Sep 29, 2009

I personally learn languages primarily through my ears - getting used to the sound and the rhythm of the language I think it is easier to pick it up and you don't get stuck if there is one word you don't understand.
By watching TV and listening to radio you can learn a lot about popular culture.
Go to the homepage of the Danish national broadcaster www.dr.dk and you will find lots and lots of TV and radio shows to stream and to podcast.
Don't hesitate to contact me, I would be happy to mail to you a list of my personal favourites.


Tina Colquhoun  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:16
Member (2005)
Danish to English
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Rosetta Stone Sep 29, 2009

Hi Fiona

My son is using Rosetta Stone (online subscription) to help him do a Russian GCSE (in conjunction with 'real' lessons). He thinks (and I do too) it's a very friendly and fun environment.

The only thing I would say is that for the Russian 6-month subscription (GBP 129) you get access to Levels 1, 2 and 3 whereas the Danish course only seems to have one level. I don't know if the levels for the different languages are comparable, but do check that you are not being short-changed if you decide to go for the online option!



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