Online resources for students of Danish

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My post about learning Danish has generated a lot of traffic. After I published it, Lauren, a friend and fellow Danish language classmate, gave me a head’s up about ‘Nyheder på Dansk’, a website that helps newcomers to Denmark better understand the news in Danish. That got me thinking: I bet people could benefit from that site and others that provide ways to improve their language skills. Here is a short list of some of those sites (all of which are free of charge):

  • Nyheder på Dansk – here you can read about some of the current events in Denmark, listen to Podcasts of articles while reading them, and view videos of interviews (created and updated by a Danish teacher/journalist who has lived abroad and understands the difficulties of staying abreast of the news in a new country)
  • Ligetil: Nyheder, der er lette at læse – news that is easier to read, found on the dr.dk website
  • Den danske ordbog – a Danish dictionary in Danish, rather than, for example, Danish-English, German-English or Arabic-Danish; a good way to reinforce one’s Danish
  • Verbix.com – Danish verb conjugator; very handy
  • Duda’s exercises and games – aimed at Danish students but good for non-Danes learning the language
  • Modultest.dk – for students of state authorized language schools that operate according to the module system, this site provides them with practice exams for the module tests (you must get the login and password from your Danish teacher at Aalborg Sprogcenter)
  • Memrise.com – recommended by Lauren (see comment below), Memrise is a free online flashcard course with an android app, e.g. 500 most common Danish verbs, basic Danish phrases, and conversational Danish

I’m sure there are more out there. If you know of any, please post them in a comment below. Oh – and don’t forget about the tremendous resource that is the Danish volunteers who help with homework and speaking and listening practice in the Aalborg Sprogcenter study center (several hours every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), Aalborg Main Library and two branches of the library (see hours at the bottom of my post on the Aalborg library).

As this is week 8 – Aalborg’s winter holiday week – and I am away with my daughters visiting their grandparents in Germany, I will not be posting again until next week. Stay tuned for future posts on the special tax scheme for foreign workers and getting a driver’s license in Aalborg.

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4 thoughts on “Online resources for students of Danish

    Will said:
    March 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Some great links. Thanks.
    I especially like that you promote Den danske ordbog (aka DDO).
    It is also available as an app (Android and Apple).
    Muchbetter than those foreign-to-danish tomes.

      sarahinjylland responded:
      March 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Thanks, Will. It was our teacher, Zsolt, who told us about DDO. I was glad to learn about it, too. The examples in it really help.

    Lauren said:
    March 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Sarah, another good one I just found (especially for anyone preparing for Prove i Dansk 3, the state test needed for citizenship/permanent residency, is Memrise. It’s an online flashcard course that is completely free, and there’s also an android app. I have two courses currently running, one is called “500 most common Danish verbs” and the other is words needed for current events. (Current events are a very popular topic in module tests!)

      sarahinjylland responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks, Lauren. I will include it in the above list…

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