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Rachel from New Zealand

Rachel from New ZealandName: Rachel MacIntyre
Age: 37
Country of origin: New Zealand
Job title: Architect  
How long have you been learning Danish? 
Since October 2010. 

 

Is it an easy language to learn?
Nope. At first I found it very difficult to listen to as it not the softest language and quite monotone. Luckily though the teaching I’m having is very effective and I’m going three times a week. There is a lot of repetition to begin with but it seems to be working. I still find it hard to understand when I first meet a new person but if they speak slowly and clearly I am now getting to understand a lot more.

How different is it from your own language?
There are many similar words to English, but Danish has a different pronunciation. The extra vowels though make it difficult. Again it’s getting used to the sound of Danish and reading or watching TV with subtitles helps.

Have you started speaking Danish in your everyday life?
I started working in a Danish company six months ago and that has helped immensely as I am forced to speak Danish most of the time. I also speak at home, as I’m married to a Dane, who luckily is still very patient with me!

What advice would you give to others about to start learning Danish?
My advice is to start lessons as soon as possible and try to start speaking it in your everyday life as much as possible. The more you use it the more comfortable you will get. Find a patient Danish friend to practise with once a week. Keep setting high standards and challenges for yourself.

Danish glossary

Hej! Hi  
Goddag Hello (formal) 
Hvordan har du det? How are you?
Hvad så? What’s up?
(informal)
Farvel Good bye
God morgen Good morning
God nat Good night
Tak! Thank you
Undskyld mig Excuse me
Jeg elsker dig I love you

Did you know

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) .