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How to speak Danish like a native

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Learning Danish made easy

If you are thinking about relocating to Denmark or wish to communicate in the language for business or leisure, learning how to speak Danish will open up a lot of opportunities. Denmark offers a high-quality lifestyle, with excellent standards of education and healthcare. It is also one of the world’s most attractive countries, boasting picturesque villages and wonderful countryside.

If you are thinking about relocating to Denmark or wish to communicate in the language for business or leisure, learning how to speak Danish will open up a lot of opportunities. Denmark offers a high-quality lifestyle, with excellent standards of education and healthcare. It is also one of the world’s most attractive countries, boasting picturesque villages and wonderful countryside.

Finally, Danish shares many similarities with Norwegian and Swedish, which means that if you wish to learn either of these, you will already be one step ahead. Danish bears some similarity to English, so learning the grammar and vocabulary of the language will not be as hard as it is for other languages. If you do decide to learn Danish, then there are a few tips and tricks that will be invaluable.

7 tips to help you learn

1. Believe in your abilities

The most important first step in learning any language is to believe in yourself and your ability. Of course, hard work and determination will be essential along the way, but this does not mean you cannot have fun too. Babbel is an excellent way of ensuring you are supported and will enjoy the Danish learning journey.

2. Speak the language as often as possible

Do not be afraid to speak Danish as you progress through the various learning stages. Nobody is going to make fun of you or judge you. Just remember that millions of people have succeeded in learning this language and so can you - by speaking a language, your confidence will grow. Turn the mirror into your best friend. Talk to your reflection in Danish and you’ll instantly feel more confident about speaking in front of people.

3. Listen to the language at every opportunity

The greatest success comes not only through speaking, but also by listening to the language being spoken, as well as reading and writing. Languages are alive, so listen, speak, read and write and make this a frequent part of your day or week. When you are out and about, keep your ears open for signs and sounds of Danish. You may discover that you hear Danish being spoken in surprising places or situations. One possibility is catching a conversation in the street or on the bus or train. In other scenarios, you will undoubtedly come across Danish in online videos, news broadcasts and radio stations. Take the opportunity to tune in and build your vocabulary. Slowly but surely, you will learn to master Danish!

4. Practice the language

Simply focusing on single words and grammatical rules is not the only way to go when learning to speak Danish, as you need to read, speak and write full sentences. Think back to your school days when you may have learned a foreign language in the classroom such as French, for example. No doubt you became proficient in speaking full sentences. Why should learning Danish be any different? Read complete sentences and speak in sentences so that your brain gets that hang of certain phrases. These will be useful to you in any conversation. This is a great step towards broadening your vocabulary and your ability to structure a wider range of sentences.

5. Keep calm and carry on

Making mistakes is part of any learning process and is part of the natural way we all learn to do things effectively, efficiently and correctly. Do not let yourself get flustered if you find that you are faltering or making mistakes when trying to speak or write the language. This is completely normal and the most important thing to do is to persevere. If you panic, your anxiety will only grow and you may become completely tongue-tied! If you think you have made a mistake or forgotten something, give yourself time by pausing for a few moments. Allow your mind to catch up.

6. Do not worry too much about grammar

Certainly, grammar is important, but you also need to remember that language is about communication and it is possible to make yourself very well understood even with a few grammatical mistakes. Often, grammar can be the hardest part of learning how to speak Danish. Remember that even people who speak Danish fluently make grammatical errors. However, what they achieve and aim for is to effectively communicate without worrying about their mistakes.

7. Immerse yourself in Danish media as often as you can

By reading a newspaper, listening to a Danish radio station (such as DR P1) or watching TV (such as DR1), you will feel connected to the country and to the language. Accessing the various media sources in a language like Danish is an excellent way to learn. Current affairs and news stories are interesting and alive, especially when video and images are integrated.

How Babbel can support you in learning Danish

Everyone who learns a new language from scratch needs an inspiring and effective teacher to help them achieve success. Babbel has developed a world-class didactic method to be just that. Babbel is a world-leader in language learning, with Danish being one of our core languages. Our powerful app seamlessly combines several teaching methods. Progressive, themed lessons interconnect as part of the overall course framework.

With the help of Danish voices and speech recognition, you can start speaking the language confidently in a short space of time and immerse yourself in it, rather than reeling off abstract sentences, using meaningless vocabulary or adhering to strict grammatical rules. This way of learning through conversation teaches you vocabulary in both an active and passive manner. Babbel steers your thought process into connecting the dots by learning new information passively and according to the context of the dialogue.

Babbel also offers transparent, flexible, and cost-effective pricing for everyone who wants to learn Danish, including the ability to give Babbel as a gift . You can subscribe to the Babbel app for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months and even change the language you are learning during the same subscription period. We are realists and know that people’s plans can change, so we are also offering all our future customers a money-back guarantee during the first 20 days following your purchase - you can’t say fairer than that.

How To Speak Danish