So you want to learn Danish, do you? Here are some things to keep in mind when you learning Danish:
Good pronunciation is a must! Why do I say that? From my own experience is that Danes tend to have a really nasty habit of switching to English if you speak their language poorly or with a strong foreign accent that could give you away. One of the difficulties of Danish is that the pronunciation does NOT correspond with how it is spelled for the most part. I would say just make sure that your accent isn’t too strong to make them switch to English.
Don’t give up and be persistent! One of the things I have noticed with learners of Danish is that many tend to give up after a local tells them off for their poor ability in the Danish or simply discourages them from learning it because many Danes can speak English fluently. If you feel a Dane is close to or already has switched to English, keep speaking Danish anyway. You may be able to get them to switch back to Danish but there will be times where they will just keep speaking English even though you have made it clear that you want to practise your Danish.
Now let’s move on to my collection of resources for you to use for your immersive environment. Unlike languages like German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc where you can find popular movies dubbed into the appropriate languages. Scandinavians do NOT do that. In fact the only thing they will dub into Danish are children’s shows. Otherwise there will only be Danish subtitles accompanying the movies which really won’t help your Danish unless you put it on mute, put a Danish podcast on in the background and then read the subtitles aloud, I suggest avoiding non-Danish movies in the long run.
You may not be able to find a lot of these online per se but I am sure that you can buy the DVDs online and make sure you have a region-free DVD player if you are outside of Europe.
Youtube playlist – I would just like to note here that because it is on Youtube that many of the videos have been deleted for copyright purposes so I do not know how long this playlist will last. Seeing as YouTube will take down anything that has copyright issues so watch these ones while they are still here.
Det Danske Filminstitut (The Danish Film Institute)- This is a good informational source especially if you are looking for recommendations for films to see. You cannot watch films here and it also has information about popular international films as well.
I found all of these off of YouTube but many of them are still popular in Denmark just keep in mind that there are many Danish artists who only sing in English and they are also English-versions of Danish songs too. Avoid them like the plague! We are learning Danish here not English.
Nik og Jay
You can use a site like Let’s Sing it to look up the lyrics and use them as a part of your Danish learning.
News in Danish:
Danish TV and Radio:
There may be geographical blocking for clips with specific copyrights and you may not be able to view it outside of Denmark.
Danish Blogs and Niche Websites:
What I found here are merely examples. So just find blogs on topics that interest you and make sure they are in Danish!
Fierce og Fattig (Fashion)
Sarah Louise (Lifestyle and Fashion)
Anders Dalsgaard (Travel)
Hus på landet (Nature)
Kim Andersen (Web Design and Programming)
Danske Weblogs (A directory of blogs in Danish that are organised by category)
Bedre Dansk (Write Better Danish with video examples)
Nemprogrammering (Web Design and Programming)
(Hardcover, paperback, audiobooks, e-Books):
Hjemve: Buy Danish products from overseas!
I know that DR has some interesting podcasts on their website as well.
Ordbogen– You may look up only 2 words for free per day. Otherwise you will have to pay.
Dansk-Engelsk Ordbog – This dictionary is a bit too close to a typical “online translator” to me so try to only use it for individual words.
Gyldendals Ordbog– Just like Ordbogen, you are only allowed to look 2 words per day for free or you will have to pay.
Flips– Free Danish to English and English to Danish dictionary.
Tatoeba– What I like about this dictionary is that is provides a plethora of examples depending on what you look up.
If there is anything that you find ground-breaking and quite useful as a Danish learning resource feel free to contact me and I will add it here.