They say Danish is one of the hardest languages to learn! But is that a myth or a distinct reality? Learning any new language can be an uphill struggle, but luckily scientific research shows it’s the best way to keep your brain in peak condition. So if it’s good for the brain, just how much of a mental workout is it to learn Danish?
The Danish language is a northern Germanic language.
The Danish alphabet has 29 letters and uses the basic 26-letter Latin alphabet plus the three additional letters Æ, Ø, Å. Danish (Dansk) is one of the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages) .
The language is also used by the 50,000 Danes in the northern part of Germany, where it holds the status of a minority language.
If you want to have a go at some difficult Danish pronunciation, try saying the word "speciallægepraksisplanlægningsstabiliseringsperiode" - and yes, that is a real word!
Starting Danish lessons
Danish is taught at several universities around the world.
There are also a number of both private and public organisations that offer lessons in Danish at various levels.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn Danish in Denmark and many types of courses are available for free if you have a CPR number or a work contract. Read more