A lot of people think that learning a new language is quite daunting but if you have the motivation and enthusiasm to do so, the process won't feel like work. Currently, I am learning Danish. It is a great language to learn because it bleeds through Swedish, Norwegian and even German. It's like a package deal! I don't think it's too difficult compared to learning French. The structure and some words are similar to English so in comparison, it's not so much of a drastic difference.
My sources for learning are:
- Babbel.com - It is a great source and is very effective. After just 1 month of using it everyday, I could already carry basic conversations. It will teach you spelling, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and conversations. You can also connect with people from around the world who are in the same language learning journey and you can practice with one another. Babbel also has a mobile App that you can download for free. You can test it out with a few free lessons before deciding to purchase full packages. Currently I have the 3-month plan which cost me $20 USD. Best $20 I've ever spent! They also offer several other languages.
- Blogs - I read Danish blogs to test out my knowledge. Some Danish bloggers post in both English and Danish at the same time so there is an immediate comparison and translation. One good example would be Isabella Thordsen's blog.
- YouTube - Marty is my Danish language coach. I am so grateful that he dedicates his time to make these videos. He'll let you know how to pronounce words well. Aside from Marty, I also watch Danish YouTubers in general just to learn more vocabulary and to get used to their super fast paced speaking. Well, to me it's fast.
- Danish Language Blog - Here you'll find tips and tricks on how to use the language in the modern way. Shortcuts, slangs and other ways of using Danish that you can't learn from books can be found in the blog. It is still being updated quite regularly.
- Netflix - Watching Danish television shows also helps me get used to their speaking. My current favorite is Rita, which Netflix is currently funding.
- Music - Spotify enables me to search Danish music easily. You can sing along some songs and then figure out what the lyrics mean online. Then regret singing it out loud.
- Other Apps - Duolingo is similar to Babbel but is more repetitive. If memorization is not your strength, then this will help. Unfortunately, you have to be online in order to use it; however, it's free. Google Translate is your friend. WordUp Danish is okay, but it's good for quick reference and prep before speaking Danish in person. iLang Danish is good for quick vocabulary but not too extensive. Trulingo Danish seems to be more accurate than Google Translate sometimes, but it's good to check both.
- Danish Friends - If you have some, ask away! [Tak, Martin og Christina!]
I hope this helps anyone who is learning Danish right now. Always remember that consistency is the key to fluency!
Held og lykke!