I’m a massive fan of educational technology (also known as edtech). My two most commonly used examples of edtech are duolingo, and memrise. When edtech is done really well, it really can make learning fun. When I saw the LearnYu project by Judith Meyer, it was something which I thought was a fantastic idea that covers an important niche – learning Chinese through interactive exercises.
Usually, if someone has more language learning experience then they also gain transferable knowledge along with it. A clear example of this is if you are learning a new language which is in the same language family as one you are familiar with – so if you are fluent in Spanish, you have lots of transferable knowledge which will help you learn Italian. Typically, you will be able to use similar vocabulary and/or grammar from the language that you are familiar with. So when I found some unexpected similarities between Thai and Danish pronunciation, I was extremely surprised!
Despite the languages being from completely different parts of the world, they actually both share sounds that English doesn’t. Continue reading
As readers will know on this blog, I am a huge fan of duolingo. So when I found out that the Danish (from English) course was finally released, I was so happy!
It is still in the beta stage, which means it is only available on the website (not on any smartphones or iPad), but here are my thoughts so far… Continue reading
Generally, there is a very high standard of English spoken in Denmark. In Copenhagen, general day to day things like shopping and asking for directions can all pretty much take place in English. There’s no real need to speak Danish in those situations. A fun way to for me to get around this obstacle is to think of myself playing a game of ‘pretend to be Danish’, and see how far I can through an interaction before we resort to switching to English…
Here is a short review of some of my Danish interactions, and how well I managed to keep it all in Danish. Continue reading