Talk the talk: learning Danish

Duolingo owl logo

The cuddly Duolingo owl

So, despite the fact that almost everyone we have encountered so far in Copenhagen seems to speak flawless English, clearly we need to learn the lingo. The Danish government offers free Danish lessons to most incoming residents, but before we get there we may as well make a head start. Enter Duolingo. What’s not to like? It’s free, easy to use, fun, and has a cute little owl as a logo. My main criticism so far though is that I would have liked it to start teaching me some stuff with useful practical applications – like how to order food, or standard phrases, maybe even ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I would like…’. Instead we get “Jeg spiser en aeble” (I eat an apple). I am sure there is good reasoning behind their pedagogical methods, and I’m going to persevere, but right now this is not helping me find an elusive apartment…


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