Snapshots of the Week

Please pay a visit to my galleries at Flickr to see all of the photos from my trip. Each week I will select 2 photos to feature here.

Jun
21

Jeg bestod min Dansk test!

I’ve been taking the module 1 Danish language class for English speakers all semester. The course is not affiliated with RSLIS. I was able to take module 1 for free since the municipality pays for non-EU citizens to study the local language. On Tuesday I took the test and surprisingly I passed! The requirements were very low, however. The test consisted of 2 parts. Part 1 involves either giving a summary (in Danish) of one of 3 second-grade level Danish books OR describing yourself (in Danish). You would draw from a hat which one you’d do, so you had to prepare for all 4 possibilities.

The second part involved asking and answering questions (in Danish) about a photograph we brought in. Altogether the test was very informal and was supposed to last less than 10 minutes. I was nervous all the same, lol. Since I was in Turkey on the official test date, I arranged to be tested as soon as I came back, this past Tuesday. It was just me and the instructor. I ended up having to talk about one of the 3 books, and then of course my photo.

The instructor (whose name is Jacob) said that I had given one of the best presentations of that particular book he’d ever heard. That was surprising, because I was definitely not the best student in the class. He also said my command of the grammar was very good, but that I shouldn’t be nervous when speaking Danish. And of course my pronunciation and accent were terrible, but they don’t expect module 1 students to be able to pronounce words properly. All they care about is whether you can express yourself in simple, continuous Danish.

So Jacob said he’d mail my module 1 certificate to the States. I will continue with Module 2 when I return to Denmark in the future (I’m hoping to).

I can say that reading those second-grade level books has dramatically increased my vocabulary and understanding of the language. I can recognize infinitives, plurals, adjectives, conjunctions, 3 basic tenses and definite articles. When I see something written in Danish I can figure it out, the simpler the better, with the help of my English-Danish dictionary. But I cannot carry on a conversation in Danish. It’s still very hard to understand spoken Danish. I can pick up words and phrases but native speakers talk so quickly and slur their words together, it’s very difficult to follow. Whenever I try to order food in Danish, the cashiers immediately switch to English because they can tell I’m not a native speaker. Or, if they don’t switch to English, they ask me questions in Danish which I can’t understand, meaning we have to switch to English anyway.

While I’m at home in the States I will definitely continue to study Danish and increase my vocabulary. I’m serious about learning the language, but it will take lots of time and patience. I may even start a blog about it to stay motivated, we’ll see! I’m tired of English, really. I need a new language to express myself in. :-)

Jun
18

Backdating posts

I’ve decided to back-date my upcoming posts about London and Paris so that they fit the chronological flow of this blog. So look for the London posts in the April archive and the Paris posts in the May archive. Plus there will be posts coming soon about Turkey and many more libraries as well. :-)

Jun
17

Copenhagen Library Tour – Vanløse Bibliotek

Vanløse (pronounced roughly “van-LU-suh”) is one of the 15 districts of Copenhagen. The fastest way to get there from the city center is by Metro; it is the terminating point on the west end of both lines. Vanløse is one of the smallest districts in Copenhagen and is like a bedroom community since many people who live there work elsewhere in the city. Jernbane Allé is one of the main commercial streets in the district, og det er også, hvor biblioteket ligger (and that is also where the library is situated)!

I liked this library, it was quite nice with plenty of places to sit and a cute castle in the children’s section!

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