Hello there bloggies! Welcome to Wishful Wednesday! On these entries, I like to talk about my crazy life goals and how I’m trying to accomplish them.
Today, I want to talk about my latest goal. I want to learn to speak Danish!
Now, frequent readers of the blog and specifically Wishful Wednesday will be well aware of my love of Denmark. For those of you who are interested, you can read about my study abroad adventure in Denmark here (shoutout to DIS Study Abroad!) and my recent trip to Copenhagen here.
During my time in Denmark, I had a very rudimentary knowledge of the language. Almost every Dane can speak perfect English and will go straight to English during any interaction. I could read it far better than I could speak it. A lot of that came from having to read lots of signs during my travels, trying to navigate daily life like grocery shopping, and watching American TV with Danish subtitles. Plus, Danish is a ridiculously difficult language to speak. The sounds are incredibly subtle and seem to follow almost no rules. One of my Danish-American friends said Danes speak as if they have a potato in their mouth. I never realized how true that would be.
In the past, I’ve taken courses in both Spanish and Latin. I took Spanish from middle to high school, as well as some courses while doing my undergraduate degree. I wouldn’t call myself fluent, but I can get by with my Spanish as I proved during a trip to Spain and my adventures in grad school.
Unfortunately, I won’t have high school or university courses to help guide me through learning a new language. It’s much more up to me. Regrettably, finding a Danish course here in the US isn’t as easy as it is for other languages like Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Portuguese. It makes sense though as far fewer people Danish than other languages. It does mean I’m much more on my own.
So far, as a start, I downloaded an audio book called “Learn Danish—Word Power 101” on my audible app. I put it on in the background as I work or as I do errands around the house. Just having the language repeatedly in my ear is so helpful as I gain more and more vocabulary and information on forming coherent sentences. I’m also trying to read and watch more things in Danish, as suggested by my little brother who has a penchant for learning languages. My favorite is a Danish TV show called Rita. Look it up on Netflix, so funny!
It’s still early days, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to make slow and steady progress! I plan on adding more and more resources as I make progress. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find (cheap-ish) options.
Thank you for stopping by this edition of Wishful Wednesday! Have you ever tried learning a new language? Do you have any tips for keeping at it? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.
See you all later!