When I first started as a researcher in biochemistry and molecular biology at Syddansk University, I wanted to learn Danish as fast as possible. I didn’t know how long time I’d be staying in Denmark or if I’d be offered a job later.
Now, when I’ve finished my project, I’ve got a job in Germany. But although I won’t be working in Denmark, learning Danish has been a very positive experience. My girlfriend and I have had some great experiences during the time we’ve lived here.
There is a lot of positive energy in class. Our teacher is really good and patient. We correct and discuss our linguistic mistakes, but there’s always more emphasis on what we do right. We follow a good and flexible schedule, which gives room to discuss subjects of interest.
The mentor scheme
It has also been very beneficial to me to have a Danish mentor. We always speak Danish. If you always switch to English, you miss the insights into the little cultural differences, which are intriguing and important to comprehend.