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How to Learn Danish Holistically

How to learn Danish holistically

Putting in the study hours day after day and even week after is great. Above all other things I think consistency may be the most important factor in learning a foreign language. But if you’ve been learning a language long enough you may have had an experience where, after learning vocabulary and grammar, you struggle to understand a basic conversation with a native speaker.

Sometimes it can feel like all those hours spent grinding it out in your textbook or listening to podcasts were worthless. Time invested in learning a language is never in vain; but the aspects of the language you practice, and the method you use to do so, can greatly impact the speed and efficiency of your progress.

In this post we’ll take a look how to learn the different parts of the language so that over time they coalesce into a complete working knowledge base that helps you whether you’re speaking, writing, listening, or reading.

This approach will be beneficial to you whether you’re learning Danish or another foreign language altogether.


Look at the Danish language as whole not just its different parts

There’s a tendency in language learning to get so focus on one aspect of a language that you tend to lose sight of others. If you’re learning grammar you may slack on your vocabulary. If you’re dead set on developing your Danish accent your reading skills might fall on the back burner.

While it’s not always possible to practice all aspects of a language all the time, you want to guard yourself against learning one part in isolation of the others. A lot of times the typical study schedule for someone learning Danish might look like this:

  • Work through a Danish textbook lesson
  • Learn the list of vocabulary words from the lesson
  • Practice grammar through written exercises
  • Maybe try to memorize the new vocabulary

Other than trying to learn vocabulary through rote memorization there probably isn’t anything wrong with any of these activities. But if all you do to learn Danish is work through textbooks and do written exercises your speaking and listening abilities are going to suffer. This is an imbalanced approach to learning Danish.

A more balanced approach would be to take the same lesson from the textbook and complete the lesson, then use the language you learned from it in a variety of ways. You could find a native Danish speaker, either locally or online through language exchanges, and practice using the vocabulary words you learned from the lesson. You could also write a post and publish it online in a language learning community to be proofread by native speakers. It would be great if you could try to incorporate some of the grammar constructs you learned in the lesson and use them in your written post.

If you were to switch from a text based lesson to an audio based one (like DanishClass101), the opportunities to incorporate other parts of the language increases even more. If you’re using DanishClass101 you can listen back to the vocabulary words with their slow playback feature and try to mimic the pronunciation. This would be a great warm up to do before you practice with a native speaker. You can also use the site’s flashcard system to reinforce the words from the lesson.

Using the material you learn in a variety of ways will not only help you remember the works and concepts you learn, it will also help you develop a big picture view of the Danish language. No longer will you study grammar and wonder about pronunciation, or become skilled at speaking only to struggle when reading. Using this approach, your skills in all aspects of the language grow together in unison. Your vocabulary helps your reading which it turn helps you remember words when speaking; which will also help you be more creative when you write, and so on.

Tools to use for a more holistic approach

There are myriad of language learning tools you could use to learning Danish holistically, but some are better than others. We’ll cover a of the most essential to get you started.



I’m not just including DanishClass101 because this post in on their site. Their Danish podcast is one of the best tools for those trying learning all aspects of the Danish language. Their lessons are audio based, you can read along to the lesson transcripts, they teach you about grammar and cultural insights, and they help you practice pronunciation. This doesn’t even include their dictionary and flashcard system. Really the only language skill you’ll need to fill if you use DanishClass101 will be practicing with a native Danish speaker.


Lang-8 is a free site allows you to write posts and publish them online to be corrected by native speakers. The only expectation is that in turn you spend a little time correcting the entries of other learners who are writing in your native language.


Wespeke is a free to use language exchange where you can search native speakers by their native language and which language they are learning. The site allows you to practice with them via text or video chat and it’s great way to get in some solid speaking practice.

Final thoughts

Learning a language is never easy, whether you’re learning Danish or another language. It takes consistent time and effort before you see significant results. While being a faithful learner is vitally important, in and of it itself it might not be enough to see efficient gains in your language abilities.

The difference is made in your overall approach and strategy for learning the language. Some methods for learning Danish are better than others. Does the way you learn Danish splice up the language into separate and seemly unrelated parts? Or does it spread your efforts across the gamut of language skills?

The answer will determine your progress in the language. It could be the difference between whether you grow discouraged and give up, or whether your hunker down and push through.

How to Start Thinking in Danish

Learn 4 tools and techniques to stop translating in your head and start thinking in Danish

Going through Danish lessons is enough to get by and learn the basics of Danish, but to truly become fluent you need to be able to think in Danish. This will allow you to have conversations with ease, read smoothly, and comprehensively understand natives. To do this, you need to go beyond just completing daily or weekly lessons.

We naturally translate in our heads because it’s viewed as the easiest way to learn the definitions needed when learning a language. This way of learning can actually hinder your skills and fluency later on. If your brain has to make neural connections between the word you’re learning, what it means in your native tongue, and the physical object the connection will not be nearly as strong. When you bypass the original translation between Danish and your native language then there is a more basic and strong connection between just the Danish vocabulary word and the tangible object.

start thinking in Danish

In this blog post, you will learn the 4 important techniques to easily and naturally begin to speculate about the daily occurrences in your life. The best part is all of these techniques are supported and can be achieved through DanishClass101.com.

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1. Surround yourself with Danish

Surround Yourself

By surrounding yourself with Danish constantly you will completely immerse yourself in the language. Without realizing it you’ll be learning pronunciation, sentence structures, grammar, and new vocabulary. You can play music in the background while you’re cooking or have a Danish radio station on while you study. Immersion is a key factor with this learning process because it is one of the easiest things to do, but very effective. Even if you are not giving the program your full attention you will be learning.

One great feature of DanishClass101.com is the endless podcasts that are available to you. You can even download and listen to them on the go. These podcasts are interesting and are perfect for the intention of immersion, they are easy to listen to as background noise and are interesting enough to give your full attention. Many of them contain stories that you follow as you go through the lessons which push you to keep going.

2. Learn through observation
learn through observation

Learning through observation is the most natural way to learn. Observation is how we all learned our native languages as infants and it’s a wonder why we stop learning this way. If you have patience and learn through observation then Danish words will have their own meanings rather than meanings in reference to your native language. Ideally, you should skip the bilingual dictionary and just buy a dictionary in Danish.

DanishClass101.com also offers the materials to learn this way. We have numerous video lessons which present situational usage of each word or phrase instead of just a direct translation. This holds true for many of our videos and how we teach Danish.

3. Speak out loud to yourself
talk to yourself

Speaking to yourself in Danish not only gets you in the mindset of Danish, but also makes you listen to how you speak. It forces you to correct any errors with pronunciation and makes it easy to spot grammar mistakes. When you speak out loud talk about what you did that day and what you plan to do the next day. Your goal is to be the most comfortable speaking out loud and to easily create sentences. Once you feel comfortable talking to yourself start consciously thinking in your head about your daily activities and what is going on around you throughout the day.

With DanishClass101.com you start speaking right away, not only this, but they have you repeat words and conversations after a native Danish speaker. This makes your pronunciation very accurate! With this help, you are on the fast path to making clear and complex sentences and then actively thinking about your day.

4. Practice daily

If you don’t practice daily then your progress will be greatly slowed. Many people are tempted to take the 20-30 minutes they should be practicing a day and practice 120 in one day and skip the other days. This isn’t nearly as effective because everyday you practice you are reinforcing the skills and knowledge you have learned. If you practice all in one day you don’t retain the information because the brain can realistically only focus for 30 minutes at most. If you’re studying for 120 minutes on the same subject little of the information will be absorbed. Studying everyday allows you to review material that you went over previous days and absorb a small amount of information at a time.

It’s tough to find motivation to study everyday, but DanishClass101.com can help. It’s easy to stay motivated with DanishClass101.com because we give you a set learning path, with this path we show how much progress you’ve made. This makes you stick to your goals and keep going!


Following the steps and having patience is the hardest part to achieving your goals, it’s not easy learning a new language. You are essentially teaching your brain to categorize the world in a completely new way. Stick with it and you can do it just remember the 4 tools I taught you today! With them, conversations, reading, and understanding will become much easier. The most important thing to remember is to use the tools that DanishClass101.com provides and you will be on your way to being fluent!

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How to Learn Danish in Your Car?

How to Learn Danish in Your Car? Learn language in car

Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Danish? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Danish.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Danish in your car!


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You can learn Danish in your car, hands free
While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

Listening to Danish audio content in the car is a good way to learn
This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With DanishClass101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Danish culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Danish podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!


You can listen to Danish music in the car
Did you know that you can learn Danish by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

Challenge yourself! Use the Danish you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Danish is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!


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You can learn alone in your car
When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Danish lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Danish!


You can learn through repetition with your passengers
If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Danish dialogues. With DanishClass101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Danish!

One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Danish or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

You can learn Danish offline
Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning Danish! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!


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You can learn every day at your own pace
One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Danish every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Danish without getting lost!


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If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Danish is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!

10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Danish


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Shortcuts for learning and tips to remember Danish words are useful but it’s even also important to fix objectives to reach every month! What Is Your Language Learning Goal for the Month?
In your journey to become fluent and conversational here are 10 monthly goals you can go after!

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1) I’ll finish Survival Phrases series on DanishClass101.com by listening to two lesson a day.

2) I’ll give a 3 minute introductory speech in Danish to my Danish friends.

3) I’ll finish reading one Danish book by reading 10 pages a day.

4) I’ll pass my Danish test.

5) I’ll write 10 postcards in Danish to my Danish friends.

6) I’ll memorize 5 Danish songs.

7) I’ll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on DanishClass101.com.

8 ) I’ll fully understand one Danish movie by watching it every day.

9) I’ll learn how to talk about past, present and future events.

10) I’ll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.

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If you follow those monthly goals, you will be sure to make some amazing progress. And remember, if you’re really interested in getting on the fast-track to fluency, sign up for a FREE lifetime account at DanishClass101.com!