Although I’ve been living in Denmark for almost two years, and I am married to a Dane, I must make a big effort to practise my Danish language every day. It was reaching the end of a quiet, cosy Saturday where my wife and I had been staying in doing chores and odd jobs around the house and playing with our baby daughter. I realised that I had done the lazy thing and hadn’t practised any Danish at all that day!
Except I had. I just didn’t realise it. Earlier that day my wife asked me if I could go to the shops and buy some groceries for our home, and if I could take the baby with. I decided to stop off at a charity shop and pick up some old clothes that I could use for work (I work with active and carefree small children).
When I went into the charity shop, my 7 month old daughter suddenly attracted a tremendous amount of attention from the helpful old lady volunteers. I found myself explaining in my slightly broken Danish that my daughter had just woken up and wasn’t really in a massively social mood just yet. I also explained how old she was, and attempted to convey that she is relatively smaller in size than other children her age.
As I left the shop, I had a moment of panic where I couldn’t find my daughter’s dummy and asked them if they had seen it anywhere. I found it in the end – it was hiding in the pram amongst all kinds of baby stuff. I realised that right now, although my Danish is very much broken and hesitant, I am at least communicative in the language.
So my language learning advice is: if you happen to have a young baby around, take him/her to a charity shop, or somewhere with friendly patient old ladies. I appreciate that this is a tad over specialised advice, but hey it worked for me so I thought I’d share it on this blog and pay it forward.
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