Monday, August 13, 2012
Studieskolen - Module 1.1, Day 1 Recap
This morning, I started my first day at Studieskolen studying Danish for absolute beginners. It seems that, like me, a few of the folks in the class may have tried to teach themselves with Rosetta Stone, or some other method. For the most part, though, we're all right at the same level.
While the Danish class I took briefly while in Boston made my head spin, this class seems to be much more my speed. About 10 minutes into the class, the teacher started speaking almost primarily Danish, but at a level that was easy enough to decipher based on the context.
Module 1.1 at Studieskolen focuses mostly on pronunciation, and only a little bit on the reading and writing of Danish. Much of this first class was spent going through sentences and crossing out the many, many letters that are silent.
So far, I feel really good about the whole thing. I feel like I've already learned a lot, but I don't feel so overwhelmed that I'm scared to go back tomorrow morning. And the 3 1/2 hour class goes surprisingly quickly.
There's a really varied mix of people in the class as well. It seems that only 3 of us are native English speakers (one other American, and one Brit), while the rest are from all over Europe, Asia and South America.
We'll see how many come back tomorrow. There are 17 of us now, but I've been told it's fairly common for classes to shrink drastically after the first few days.