Thursday, October 9, 2008

En historie om modighed ... A story of courage

Mennesker fortæller mig altid hvor stolte de er af min danske undervisning, hvilken jeg påskønner MEGET fordi jeg er stolt af mig. Min motivation af at lære dansk blev personlig efter jeg mødte mine svigerforældre sidste oktober. De kunne ikke tale engelsk med mig, og jeg ØNSKEDE at blive dygtig til at tale danske med dem, og jeg vidste også, at jeg skal tale god dansk for at finde et job i Danmark. Så jeg fandt en privat dansk lærer i Dallas og sprang ind "med begge fødder"! Jeg har været en universitet elev hele mit liv, så dansk blev min næste ting at lære. Det er svært, men det har ikke krævet modighed, kun hårdt arbejde.

People tell me all the time how proud of how I am learning Danish, which I appreciate SO MUCH because I am proud of myself, too. My motivation to learn Danish became personal after I met my in-laws last October. They could not speak English with me, and I WANTED to be able to tall Danish with them, and I knew that to find a job in Denmark, I must speak good Danish. So I found a private Danish tutor in Dallas, and jumped in "with both feet"! I have been a university student my entire life, so Danish just became my next thing to learn. It is difficult, but it has not required courage, only hard work.


Med Tine, min dansk lærer, før jeg flyttede ...
... With Tine, my Danish tutor, before I moved



Jeg kører to gange om ugen til Ikast for at undervise på engelsk hos KK Elektronic. Manden jeg underviser skal lære engelsk på et højt niveau for at bruge i hans daglig kommunikation med kolleger i Polen. Jeg kan lide at arbejde med ham fordi hver time er ikke kun tid for ham at blive bedre og bedre til engelsk, men vi har det også sjovt sammen! Han har meget motivation for at lære mere og mere, og det kræver stor forpligtelse, men ikke nødvendigvis "modighed"....

I drive twice a week to Ikast to teach English at KK Elektronic. The man I teach must learn higher level English to use in his daily communications with his colleagues in Poland. I like to work with him because each hour is not only time for him to become better and better in English, but we have fun together, too! He has a lot of motivation to learn more and more, and it requires commitment, but not necessarily "courage"....


Jeg elsker min køretur til Ikast, især i går! ...
I love my drive to Ikast, especially yesterday!



Nu for "modig" del af denne... Endelig, ret?! LOL
Now for the "courage" part of this... Finally, right??!! LOL


Jeg begyndte at undervise engelsk til min svigermor og svigerfar får uger siden. De ønsker at blive dygtig til at tale med min mor og far når de kommer på besøg, og også med Jess hver gang hun er her. Selvfølgelig, jeg var MEGET SPÆNDT da de spurgte mig om jeg ville undervise dem! Jeg elsker at være sammen med dem og i deres hjem, og dette giver mig tid med dem, uden Mads. :o) De lærte lidt engelsk i skolen mere end 50 år siden, så vi er begyndt med konkrete ting. Jeg lavede "ordkort" med hus ord, familie ord, sted ord, og adjektiver og verber vi bruger dagligt. Jeg giver dem hjemmearbejde hver gang og de øver sig med hinanden.

I began teaching English to my mother and father in law a few weeks ago. They wanted to be able to talk with my mom and dad when they visit, and also, with Jess each time she is here. Of course, I was VERY EXCITED when they asked me to teach them! I love to be with them and in their home, and this gives me time with them, without Mads! :o) They learned a little English in school, more than 50 years ago, so we have begun with concrete things. I made flashcards with house words, family words, place words, and adjectives and verbs we use daily. I give them homework each time and they practice with each other.


I går, spurgte jeg dem at fortælle mig "om deres dag--hvad De gør først, anden, osv..." Jeg sad og lyttede til dem TALE ENGELSK til mig så de fortalte mig hvad de gjorde i går, og jeg græd næsten....det var af de mest forbløffende ting jeg nogensiden har hørt. Jeg lærer dansk (som 38 årig kvinde) at hjælpe mig til at passer ind Danmark; Manden fra KK elektronik (ca. 40 årig man) lærer engelsk fordi han SKAL at gøre hans job godt. Men Thomas og Taimi Nørgaard (som er 71 og 74 årig mennesker) er forskellig fra os. De BEHØVER ikke lære engelsk. Vi kan oversætte for dem når mine forældre kommer....men de er YDERST MODIG og jeg er glad for muligheden at undervise dem. At lytte til dem snakker på engelsk i går var, efter min mening, en af min mest fremragende øjeblikke jeg har haft i Danmark.

Yesterday, I asked each of them to tell me "about your day--what you do first, second, etc..." I sat and listened to them SPEAK ENGLISH to me as they told me what they have done the day before, and I wanted to cry...it was one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. I am learning Danish (as a 38 year old woman) to help me fit in within Denmark; the man fra KK elektronik (as a 40 something year old man) is learning English because he must to do his job well. But Thomas and Taimi Nørgaard (as 71 and 74 year old people) are different from us. They do not HAVE to learn English. We can translate for them when my parents come...but they both have EXTREME COURAGE and I am so happy for the chance to teach them. Listening to them speak English yesterday was, in my opinion, one of the most outstanding moments I have had in Denmark!


Hvis du vil have et billede "som repræsentere modighed", her er det...
If you want a picture "to represent courage", here it is...

14 comments:

Bluefish said...

That's great! My father-in-law speaks a little Danish, so K translates all the time. On the other hand, my mother-in-law is fluent in English.

PiNG aka Patti said...

I also think it takes courage to say 'yes' to teaching the in-laws! :)

Ellen and Sharon said...

Kelli, this is such a sweet post. You must be very proud of your in-laws. We are not sure that we would "want" to learn another language for anyone. You are such a dear to all who know you.

Ellen and Sharon said...

We agree that they have courage. However, their desire to learn English says loud and clear, "We LOVE you, Kelli!"

ladyfi said...

Rock on inlaws! You are never too old to learn new things - never!

I started learning Swedish when I was 38 years old, and switched professions when I was nearly 40!

So there's still hope!

Nifty Adventures into Denmark said...

Wow!!! That is amazing and so touching they are learning English! I bet it is so rewarding helping them.

Mom said...

I am so proud of Taimi & Thomas - they are very brave. Trying to learn a few phrases in Danish was difficult for me. I'm glad we will be able to communicate a little when we arrive in November....but I suspect love transcends all languages and I already love these people! They have been a great family for my daughter.

Rachel said...

A special post and what a great family you have on both sides of the ocean! :-)

I'm so happy for you, Kelli. Thanks for being such a great person to everyone you meet... or in some special cases even those that you haven't met yet (i.e. Me!) lol

dgarciay said...

very nice post. :)

American in Norway said...

Ahhh..I am crying...(could be PMS...) but that is soo sweet! (they are such a cute couple!!)

PS it is my CAMERA that ROCKS!

NotQuiteDanish said...

Thanks for making me start the day with a tear in my eye! Wow, they must be very nice people indeed! Isn't it true that you really realise the effort it takes in others to learn a language when you're doing the same yourself? There're so many things you take for granted, speaking your own language. I remember years ago on another sojourn, teaching English as a second language. One day we did plurals. I had to really bite my cheeks hard when I said: 'The plural of mouse?" and they said 'Mice' and then, 'The plural of house' and they said, 'Hice'. :) - So I guess they are getting their own back with me asking for things like 'four big peas' and 'plastic Easters' in shops :)

Nichole said...

What an incredible thing for the 4 of you to share. Being in our private Danish classes with Michael was not only fun but was something REALLY special and a very personal journey we got to do together. I think them learning English, while you are learning Danish is no different. While it is a different language you are both taking the same journey at the same time and both teaching and learning from each other. What a magnificent bonding experience for you and your new in-laws.

journeyinfinite said...

One of the greatest thing about learning a second language is that it is such a great workout for the brain.

Just like physically working out, it can make you exhausted or frustrated, but it also makes your brain very fit and buff!

Adeline said...

Jeg lærer også dansk, dvs. jeg er en elev, en begynder. Jeg håber, at jeg kan være så godt som du! Ja, det bruges modighed.
Jeg har lavet en blog om danskstudie.