Suggestions to improve listening skills?
Hej alle sammen,
About a year ago, I spent 5 months in Denmark as an exchange student, I finished my Danish tree in 3 months last summer and I've been trying to keep it gold for the past 2 months now.
I can understand almost about 90% of written Danish and I can express myself written pretty well - I guess. I could probably do that when speaking as well, if I had the chance.
However my almost only and never-ending problem is understanding spoken Danish. I know it is not easy and probably the most problematic part about learning Danish but as a person who's been trying to integrate Danish into her every day life for the past 1,5 years - before going to Denmark, in Denmark, and after coming back home - it kind of started to demotivate me that when listening to songs, watching TV shows etc. I can still not grasp more than a few words and basic structures, say about 10% of what's being said.
So I really wanted to ask you for suggestions on improving my listening skills, and any help or your personal experiences on the subject will be appreciated.
På forhånd tak!
You can turn on Danish subtitles while watching free streaming shows on dr.dk/tv. I've found that this helps me match the written words I know with the things people say and get a sense for stress and flow.
I also recently tried using italki to find Danish tutors/people willing to speak Danish to me over Skype. You pay them to talk to you, but it's not too expensive, and that's obviously one of the very best ways to practice listening.
The easiest French for me to understand spoken (unless I am speaking to someone who is trying their best to make themselves understood) is political speeches.
Tempo is usually lower, articulation more clear, and you can read the lips which also helps.
If you search for 'nytårstale' on youtube, you will find the queen's and several prime minister's speeches, sometimes also with subtitles in Danish.
Oh, thank you so much for taking your time to write such a motivating message. I'll definitely keep your suggestions in mind. :)
I am having the same problem and your comment made me feel better and motivated. Thank you for being awesome!
Do you have problems understanding the accent or just listening to people talk to you?
I actually don't have the chance to listen to people talk to me as I'm no longer in Denmark. When I was in Denmark, I was on a relatively lower level regarding Danish and I could only pick up some words from the conversations around me. Now, I can only listen to Danish music, watch Danish TV, Youtube videos etc. and it's still the same, only words. So, it's not about a specific accent, it's pretty general.
I listen to Danish Radio which is all talking so that helps with my listening skills! There are apps for it on phones or you can just search 'danish radio' online and you will be able to find stuff to listen too there.
Speaking and listening are the hardest parts about learning Danish, for me, so I understand your frustration. Just to let you know, in case you are unaware, we do have a Danish voice chat every Saturday, at 4pm EST. There is (almost) always at least one Dane on the call to help us practice our Danish. We still speak a lot of English on the calls, but we go over different lessons, and practice speaking, and sometimes listening as well. Occasionally, if there is more than one Dane on the call, the sometimes they end up speaking to each other in Danish and we all kinda just listen in wonderment. xD But, anyway, you can find out more about the voice chat in this thread: