So I thought I would give in to some of the WordPress analytics here and cater to the masses of people that seem to flock to this blog for various search results. Though I would love to write more about the “Aarhus naked race” (aka the Kapsejlads) or things like redtube hacks at the Aarhus Central Station, I’ve got some bigger plans for this post! A lot of the searches leading here are asking questions, for example, on how Danish sounds or about learning Danish. So I’d like to take a second (or a blog post) to promote a new initiative from Lærdansk and InterResource called Lærdansk on Campus.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the “learning Danish” game. I stopped going to Lærdansk because of both time restrictions and the tiresome commute I had once I moved further outside of the city. I attempted the online version but wasn’t very successful as right as I started to sit down and do lessons, the weather in Denmark turned from terrible winter to awesome summer and all I wanted to do was go to the beach (soaking up the sun is important for the learning process, right?). That said, if I remember correctly, learning Danish was a little like this:
I know, right? But really. It’s like that. You can look at a work 400 times and hear it (from a native Dane) 600 more… and yet 5 minutes after looking into a new word, you’ll already forget how to say the word you were previously studying. There are so many articles out there talking about how “simple” Danish is… and by jove, I could agree with them if Danish only involved reading or writing. But trying to actually say Danish words is a mind bender all on its own.
Here is a fun graphic going around about the learning process between Danish and English (although as a native English speaker, I’m not sure how true this is)…
I actually think I’ve seen this for other languages (as the big black “Danish” over the purple background seems to show this clearly wasn’t made for Danish), but I think it really holds true, at least in my case. But looking past the fact that I will never sound like a native Dane (*runs and sobs because my life is pointless now*), there are some great reasons to learn it while you’re here in Denmark or even if you’re thinking of coming to Denmark and starting a degree/life here.
InterResource has a couple different reasons as to why they think it’s important to learn Danish, but I want to kind of accent one reason that they give. That reason is this:
- Learning the language enriches your stay in Denmark.
No matter if you want to stay or leave once you are a graduate, it will definitely widen your opportunities to communicate with others, to understand your surroundings and to expand your network.
I think this part in learning Danish is so crucial to your stay in Aarhus, Denmark or wherever you may be that speaks Danish (sooo maybe Solvang, California as the only other place). I would say that learning Danish while here really gives you an edge over other international students who decide against it and also opens up so many more opportunities, like meeting new people and making new friends. There’s nothing a Dane appreciates more, other than maybe beer, than for you to make the effort and try to speak some words of Danish to them (now, I say a few words. This is until you’re good and have a good grasp on the language. I highly recommend that these few words are also in association with alcohol in your system as that tends to make the “perfect storm” for jolly good times and laughs about life in Danish).
So my big, ol’ rant asside, here’s what’s in it for you with Lærdansk on Campus:
- Danish classes on your Campus: more flexibility and comfort for you, as you won’t have to travel between university, your student job and Lærdansk premises
- More targeted classes according to your needs and aspects from business Danish
- A dynamic learning environment split between 2.5 hours classroom teaching and 2.5 hours on Netdansk (online classes)
- Exclusive events for you such as workshops about how to improve your career strategies
- Networking possibilities – visits from Danish companies’ employees, increasing your chances to get an internship or full time job after graduation, by being part of a targeted group
- Cozy atmosphere, coffee, tea and snacks.
The deadline to apply is May 24th, 2013 and there are some requirements which I suggest you take a look at (found at the link above in the promotional picture and then under “Who can apply”). This is a pilot program starting up and should be a really great opportunity for students who are often on campus and feel they don’t have time to travel to Lærdansk or also students who are looking to get a more focus Danish course cover more aspects of business Danish.
So no more excuses! Get on out there and get your lærdansk on!