Learning Danish is not only an opportunity to integrate into the country, but also a great way to make new friends and socialize.
Free Danish language classes
Most Danes speak great English and the countries population has been ranked by EF EPI ( EF English Proficiency Index) as the third one in the world when it comes to proficiency in English. However, it is still a great idea to learn Danish and the Danish state has made it very easy for newcomers by offering free Danish classes for 3 years. Every newcomer, who is registered with a CPR number has the right to take free Danish Language Lessons for 3 years. Going for Danish classes is also a great way to socialize, make new friends and network. There are plenty of great language schools to choose from. Some schools offer also social activities like for example “Career Evenings”, where you meet different speakers from Danish companies. You can read more about Career Evenings here.
How to sign up
Your local municipality (kommune) is responsible for coordinating Danish classes, either by organizing them on their own or by referring people to private language schools. Every newcomer who is registered at the National Register of Persons (Folkeregisteret), who has a residence permit and CPR number has the right to take Danish language lessons for 3 years. The introductory course for wage earners, students, accompanying spouses and au pairs are called ‘labour market-related Danish lessons’ (Introdansk). Introdansk includes 250 hours tuition divided into 5 parts of 50 hours each. The 250 hours of Introdansk must be completed within 18 months. If you need additional Danish tuition after the 250 hours of Introdansk, you will in most cases be entitled to ‘Danish language training programme’ (Danskuddannelse). Normally you can get up to 3 years of Danskuddannelse if you have completed the 250 hours of Introdansk within 18 months.
Please note: You must have completed all five 50-hours parts of Introdansk within 18 months in order to continue with Danskuddannelse. You must continue with the Danskuddannelse immediately after the completion of Introdansk. The three Danish language courses are divided into 6 modules and are completed by passing a final Danish proficiency test. This must take place within a 3-year period, which can exceptionally be extended in certain cases such as pregnancy or long leave of absence. If you have not yet moved to Denmark, or if you do not have a CPR number, you can try some of the online Danish courses. Click here.
Danish Classes after the 3 year period
If you haven’t had time to attend the Danish classes during the 3-year period, you can still sign up for the Danish classes, however, you will have to pay the fee. There is one more option for free Danish education, but it’s a different kind of education than the one at the Language Schools. These classes are different than the one offered by the language schools as they are targeted for Danish people, who have problems with grammar and writing. You can also take these classes while attending your language school, as this is also a way to improve your Danish on a different level. You can read more about FOF and free Danish courses here.
Other ways to learn Danish and how to practice speaking Danish
Since Danes are so good at speaking English and also very comfortable with English, some people find it difficult to practice speaking Danish. This will not be a problem if you work in a place with a lot of Danes, as generally Danes are very supportive and patient if you’re trying to learn Danish. However, in many places, English is the official working language, and then you might feel you lack the opportunity to practice your Danish. A great way to learn Danish and to meet the Danes is to do a volunteer work. Volunteer work is very popular in Denmark, so you can find many types of it. You can find a database of volunteer jobs here. If you are in Copenhagen, you can also join a Meetup group called “The Copenhagen Danish Language Speaking Meetup Group”. You can find more information about the group here.