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Last year, I started learning Danish. I gave myself about 6 weeks to learn it well enough to have a short conversation with a native speaker (which to my delight, I was able to do!). Ironically, since living in Copenhagen, my Danish learning has completely stagnated. Now it’s time to take action and get back some language learning momentum.


The only language I actively practise at the moment is Thai, because it is part of my lifestyle – every week I volunteer as a Thai language instructor in the Copenhagen Thai community, teaching the foundations of Thai language to Danish people.

My Thai skill level is very ambiguous, because as far as I am aware the highest government approved Thai proficiency exam for foreigners is a primary school test, something which I really didn’t see the appeal in working towards.

The closest thing to an objective measurement of my Thai skill is that I progressed to the most advanced class in the language school that I attended in Bangkok. It’s hardly a universally recognised accolade, but I suppose it’s better than nothing!

But I’ve learned that with Danish, I can work towards a government recognised proficiency exam. It’s something nice to have as external validation, but it also gives me a language learning framework.

The importance of having a framework is so important when you are trying to track your language learning progress. When you have a checklist of mini goals and skills that you are working through, it can help to develop a sense of self efficacy (something which I have been reading about a lot recently).

I’m going to aim high: the “Prøve i Dansk 3” exam. It’s meant to be a tough exam, which works out to be around a CEFR B2 (upper intermediate) level. The written exam is around the end of May, and the speaking exam is in June. So I’ll have a good 4 – 5 months time to prepare.

Taking inspiration from other language blogs that I follow, I will be tracking my progress in this google doc spreadsheet. I plan on mixing up my daily activities to keep it all fresh, but I plan on using a combination of:

  • Duolingo
  • Memrise
  • italki
  • Lang8
  • Conversation Exchanges
  • News websites
  • Text books (so far: Teach Yourself Danish & Colloquial Danish)
  • Other materials / ideas as a come across them

It feels good to have a big goal to work towards… and I plan on really enjoying it and making it count!

Photo credit: “Dannebrog” by Boegh Licensed under CC BY 2.0