Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sprogcentre.. Danish School

Ja, jeg klager over meget om det danske sprog. Det er så svært at lære og jeg er sikker på at min mund aldrig i stand til taler dansk ligesom danskerne. Men det er ok....

Yes, I know I complain a lot about the Danish language! It is so difficult to learn and I am certain that my mouth will never be able to speak Danish like the Danes. But that is ok.....

Så jeg forbedrerer mig til Prøve 3 (på 17. november), den danske eksamen, har jeg tænkt på de sidste 14 måneder siden jeg tilmeldte i Lærdansk. I efterår 2008, gik jeg på sprogskole 4 gang om ugen. Efter jeg fik mit job hos Herning Gymnasium, skiftede jeg til aftenholde og gik 2 gang om ugen i forår 2009. Jeg er i Modul 5 nu og går på sprogskole om torsdagen.

As I prepare myself to take Prøve 3 (on Nov. 17), the big Danish language exam, I have thought a lot about the last 14 months since I enrolled at Lærdansk (the Danish school). In the fall of 2008, I went to school 4 days a week. After I got my full time job at Herning Gymnasium, I switched to the evening classes and went twice a week last spring. Now that I am in Module 5, I only go once a week on Thursday nights.

Det er masser klasser..... og de kostes INGENTING!
That is a lot of classes....and they cost me NOTHING!

Kommunen betaler på mine sprog klasser (om 3 år) så jeg bliver klar til at tage Prøve 3.
The municipality pays for all of my language classes (for up to 3 years) in order to get me ready to take Prøve 3.

Så selv om jeg klager om DANSK, er jeg taknemmelig for Lærdansk og mine gratis danske undervisning. Jeg er meget heldig at det er tilgængelig til os udlændinger! Anden fordel af vores høj skat! Og siden i dag er torsdag.... tid til dansk!

So although I complain about DANISH, I am very thankful for Lærdansk and my free Danish instruction. I am so lucky that it is available for all of us foreigners! Another benefit of our high taxes! And since today is Thursday, I am off to Danish!

12 comments:

Anonymou said...

You are the happiest foreigner I have seen by far in cheerfully heading to Danish class. Most groan and whimper. I am a big whimperer myself.

Amy said...

I think even though we will never speak like a native, just making the effort shows a deep respect for our new countrymen...and I think that is important. If they came to America we'd expect they'd learn English and speak it, even if they never speak it like us..it's only right to do the same when we go to their country and it's great that the courses are free as you said!!

May said...

*nods*
I can't remember how much I paid for German classes in Switzerland, but it was over 10.000 kr. out of my own pocket, well C's pocket.

Corinne said...

I take my Norsk-2 test on Monday. We have to take 300 hours, and soon that will change to 600, and/or pass Norsk-3. I want to get it done as fast as possible! Jeg er klar for å bli ferdig!

Bluefish said...

I'm already complaining about Danish school and it's my first week :p

nettielouise said...

Did I tell you that my dad is going to Finland for several months on assignment? He leaves middle of November and goes for a month, then comes back for two weeks at Christmas, then goes to Shanghai, and then back to Helsinki for a couple months. He is trying to learn some Finnish! Reminds me of you in a small way :)Only he is MUCH MUCH worse.

LadyFi said...

Hope you managed Danish even though you had a migraine!

Swedish for Immigrants was also free... my classes were not very good so I soon swapped to better ones at the local gymnasium that I had to pay for...

Jesper said...

I feel you pain, Kelli...but you will get it one day - just hang in there ;-)

Caution Flag said...

What will passing or failing do to or for you (other than impact your confidence)?

Mads and Kelli said...

Failing the test means I have to take it again, at my own expense, but the main thing is that you must pass it within your first three years of living in DK or your residency is in jeopardy.

KShea said...

Kelli, I am getting ready to start Sprog school. Do you find that the night classes are just as helpful as day classes? I will have to go at night since I have the baby. I wish I had an au pair. Seems like everyone does here, maybe when I start working I will get one. Seems weird having someone live with us though.

Mads and Kelli said...

Shea- I was in Day classes for the first 6 months and then had to move to the night when I started working. I have found that at night, we waste WAY LESS time... the lessons are fast paced and we get what we need to get, rather than having a lot of "down time"... at least that has been my experience. I have stayed at the same pace for passing the modules after I moved to the night so it has not taken me any longer....Plus the night students seem to be more serious because they are truly giving up precious time from their families after working a full day.... whereas in the day classes, people do not always do their homework or come prepared...just my perspective.