The good news is that I found the exam centre and got there early (using Danish GPS on my phone and following directions from an artificial Danish voice!). I arrived so early that I even went to a local bakery and ordered a coffee an pastry, all in Danish without any problems at all. It felt great!
The bad news is that I found out the hard way that a photo travelcard that contains the same address as my public health insurance card is not valid. I had to hastily speak to the examiners and arrange my passport delivered. This was all done in nervous, broken Danish. But at least I could communicate in my target language! The protip that I have for anyone taking this exam is: always bring your passport.
The actual test was a lot harder than I thought. Continue reading
It is often the hardest things to do that make the biggest difference. A while back, I wrote a blog post about How I will pass Studieprøven (promptly followed by an embarassing retraction). These blog posts were actually really tough to write, but looking back on it I learned a huge amount while doing the research for them.
Shortly after publishing the studieprøven blog posts, I had said that I was going to be a little more realistic and aim for the Danskuddannelse 3 test. That was sensible enough, but then I did nothing of the sort to really follow up on that.
The real test itself is next Wednesday, and I am again woefully underprepared. I wish that I had written a blog post explaining the format of the Danskuddanelse 3 tests, and maybe even have come up with a plan on how to tackle it.
I just have to be calm and see this whole thing as a process. Learning a language takes a lot of time, but learning how to learn a language takes even longer!
See you guys next week, assuming I survive my reading and writing test in a few days.
It is Sunday evening already, and I am hastily writing this blog post because I am adamant about sticking to a regular blogging schedule, even if the quality of the writing really drops.
The big thing that I have been paying attention to this week is… note taking! It is such a popular strategy to help you feel as if you are making progress with a task such as watching tv or listening to a podcast in your target language.
I’ve been reading several articles about the benefits of note taking and specifically the benefits of hand written notes, and I think that it is time and energy well spent as long as you make sure that you also set aside time to review and digest them. Continue reading
I thought I’d share this advert for the Danish home improvement company, Silvan. The message is pretty simple: “You could once. You can again.” / Du kunne engang. Du kan igen. I guess they are trying to show you that home improvement can be fun and accessible, but the amount of lens flare and slow motion special effects just make for a very amusing minute long advert.