Linda de Veen

Name

Linda de Veen

Nationality

Dutch

Age

24

Motto / Life vision

Never quit on your dreams

Study programme

Erasmus Mundus Master’s Journalism, Media, Globalisation

Personal profile

Hi! I am Linda, and I am currently wrapping up my first year here in Aarhus. I like to see myself as a passionate storyteller, who is always curious to learn more and loves a good discussion. I cannot stand injustice and I am dedicated to make the world a better place despite the odds. Some may call me naïve, but I strongly believe in the power of ‘normal’ people and the strength of small gestures. As a journalist, I have a fascination for underreported stories about lesser-known places. As a researcher, I am most interested in the interplay between media, communication, conflict and peace. Apart from that I am a coffee addict in denial.

Your student experience at Lærdansk Aarhus 

Hearing that I would be able to learn Danish at LærdanskAarhus for free as an international student was quite a surprise to me. I believe it is an unique and amazingly kind offer. Considering how much I enjoy learning new languages, I signed up straight away. I was surprised about the facilities at Lærdansk. It is not simply a place to go to class, but you can do additional one-on-one talks, read books in the library, work on your vocab on one of the computers or sign up for rap class or choir. I also really appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and the consideration they have for your own (often busy) schedule. They go out of their way to make it work for you.

A funny experience from when you started to learn/use the Danish language

In one of the classes we had at Lærdansk, we were discussing how to say that you went somewhere by car or that you visited a place. But we forget a small yet important word called ‘til’. Therefore, instead of saying ‘we drove over to my brother’, we wrote on the blackboard: ‘we drove over my brother’. Quite painful indeed.

What’s like to be a Lærdansk Ambassador

A rewarding and fun experience! In general, it is fun to meet new students and help them out. You were in their shoes not too long ago after all. In addition, you will be part of the Lærdansk Ambassador family,a bunch of internationals that are lots of fun to hang around with. Personally, I learned quite some new things about the city of Aarhus due to my individual project. As I am a bit of a history nerd, I consider that a good thing (:  

Short description of your individual project & a link to refer to it

My individual project was a series of Facebook posts called ‘Throwback Thursday’. Every other Thursday we would post an old picture of the city with a small description – containing several words in Danish – and people had to guess where the picture was taken. The project taught me lots about Aarhus that I did not yet know as well as new words in Danish. For instance: did you know that Aarhus’ patron saint, St. Clemens, was ‘fængslet’ (imprisoned) and then thrown into the Black Sea with an anchor around his neck? Or at least, that is how the ‘fortælling’ goes..