DANISH LANGUAGE

Introduction

Learning Danish can seem a daunting prospect when you first arrive in Denmark. While most Danes speak a high level of English, it is still a good idea to learn Danish, especially if you wish to enter the Danish labor market. Knowing at least some Danish indicates that you are trying to understand the Danish way of life and will help you build relationships with your colleagues. Attending Danish classes at language school can also be a good way to meet other international residents and build your network in a new place.

FREE DANISH LESSONS

If you meet the requirements, you are entitled to a limited period of free Danish lessons when you arrive in Denmark. (See the requirements set by Language Centre Aalborg here.) State-run language courses are offered by different centers, depending on where you live. A full list of language centers for the Nordjylland municipalities is listed at the bottom of this page.

Within a few weeks of arriving in Denmark you will receive a letter from your local municipality or your local language school with details on how to sign up for language courses. Note that unless you are an EU citizen you will need to have your CPR number  (information on this can be found here) before you can sign up or begin classes.

The courses offered vary between municipalities, but all aim to prepare you to be able to speak a level of Danish required for both the workplace and for social situations. In most cases you will be able to choose to participate in either daytime or evening classes. There may also be an opportunity to take part in online Danish courses.

LEARNING DANISH IN OTHER WAYS

Language school is the most structured – and cheapest! – way to learn Danish. However, there are other options if you don’t feel that language school is the right fit for you or if you wish to practice outside of language school. You could, for example, choose private one-on-one or group lessons or classes at an evening school. Some companies also offer their employees on-site Danish instruction. Furthermore, you can look to your local library for language cafés and conversation practice, as well as membership in a student-led organization or Danish sports club or as a volunteer.

DANISH - HARD TO LEARN?

How long it will take you to learn Danish depends on many factors. For example:

  • Your native language (Germanic and other Scandinavian language speakers have an advantage)
  • Level of education
  • Whether you’ve studied another language
  • Level of motivation
  • Opportunities to use the language in daily life
  • Inherent talent for learning other languages

Studying the language full-time will probably result in being able to take and pass one of the official language exams (‘Prøve i Dansk 1, 2 or 3’) earlier than if you attend part-time.

FIND YOUR LOCAL LANGUAGE CENTER

Brønderslev Kommune
AOF Vendsyssel
To visit their website click here

Frederikshavn Kommune
AOF Nord
To visit their website click here

Hjørring Kommune
A2B Hjørring
To visit their website click here

Jammerbugt Kommune
Integrationscenter Domino
To visit their website click here

This is in Danish. You can find the contact information you need in the column to the right

Mariagerfjord Kommune
VUC Nordjylland
For their website click here

Rebild Kommune
A2B Størving
For their website click here

Vesthimmerland Kommune
UCplus Farsø
To visit their homepage click here

Aalborg Kommune
Language Center Aalborg
For their website click here

Thisted and Morsø Kommunes
Sprogcenter Thisted
For their website click here

DANISH COURSES FOR EXPATS AND SPOUSES (FOR CITIZENS IN HJØRRING MUNICIPALITY)

Danish Courses for Expats and Spouses (For citizens in Hjørring Municipality)

Do you want a solid base for your life in Denmark and accuire knowledge about the Danish society, language and job possibilities?

A2B Danish courses for expats and their spouses is a free course, which provides you with both language skills and all you need to know about Denmark.

An A2B Course gives you:

  • Danish language skills designed for every day life
  • Knowledge about the Danish society, politics, state and communities
  • Information about the Danish educational system, network, and unique Danish associations
  • Understanding of Danish culture and behavior
  • Possibilities on the Danish job market

The courses takes place at

Sprogcenter A2B

Strømgade 6, 9800 Hjørring

P (+45) 82 19 99 77

If you want to know more, contact:

A2B                                                                    Jobcenter Hjørring

Henrik Nielsen                                                Kirsten Abildgaard

P (+45) 30 85 12 78                                         P (+45) 41 22 60 92

heni@a2b.dk                                                   kirsten-abildgaard@hjoerring.dk

 

You can read more about A2B at www.a2b.dk

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