Fredericia through Argentinian eyes: Learning Danish

Three times a week this blogs author must attend Danish classes, which she reflect upon in this blog. Foto: Lilén Nahir Altamira

Fredericia through Argentinian eyes: Learning Danish

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Well, this week is the holy week before Easter Sunday and that means holidays in schools, including mine. Yes, I also go to school. I learn Danish at a language institute downtown, which is small but full of friendly, understanding and loving people.

I must attend classes three times a week from morning to afternoon. As the work of an au-pair is unpredictable, since sometimes children are sick, we have some inconvenience of schedules or I am sick, I can not attend absolutely all classes.

In those cases, I talk to the people at the school and they are super friendly and understanding. That's great, because with that good attitude on their part, I do not have so much stress on myself.

Lilén Nahir Altamira. Arkivfoto: Yilmaz Polat
Lilén Nahir Altamira. Arkivfoto: Yilmaz Polat

My classmates are also very lovely and fun. Most of us are women, which is why the lessons are even more entertaining. We can talk a lot since we have the same topics of interest. The nicest thing is that you make more friends and have more people with whom you can share moments.

That is important, since we all come from different parts of the world and it is always good to meet more people, so one feels more accompanied being so far away from family and friends.

There are a lot of different nationalities at the language institute. In my classroom, there are people from the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Romania, Syria, Hungary, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

I love when, during class hours, we can tell a little about the customs of our home countries. For me it is so interesting to know other cultures. One can distinguish many contrasting things between communities, but the most wonderful thing is that we will always have something in common that unites us as a whole society belonging to a single world. This shows us that, in reality, there are no borders for the fraternity and tolerance to others.

In my opinion, it is not extremely difficult to learn Danish. For my ears, Danish is a mixture between German and English. However, I find the pronunciation very difficult. I would like very much to be able to speak fluent Danish; but well, I have to be patient.

The coolest thing is, that I have the best little people to practice the language, the triplets. Learning a language with children is the best, in my point of view.

Children do not judge your way of speaking and they will always correct you, which helps you to improve noticeably. It is also important not to be afraid to speak the language, because when you speak, you make mistakes and learn from it. That is the key to improve. The practice creates masters.

Fredericia through Argentinian eyes: Learning Danish

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