Getting about in Denmark
I have been learning Danish for over a year now, ever since my son announced his engagement to a lovely Danish girl. I've been pretty studious and have done 2-3 exercises a day and keeping up with the vocabulary using Memrise. I'm about 2/3 the way through the course. I have really enjoyed learning and feel fairly confident in all aspects except speaking. We will be spending a fortnight in Denmark in August to attend the wedding but as yet have not really come across useful words and phrases for our visit. How do we buy tickets, hire a car, ask directions, read road signs, go on a tour, tell the time? I've come across a lot of vocabulary that I'll never use but I haven't come across this useful stuff, and looking at the titles of what is to come, it doesn't look like it will be addressed. Where should I go to learn this before we go?
As a practical matter, you will not NEED to speak Danish to do any of this. Nobody would he hired for a job selling tickets unless they spoke English. Heck you can hardly get bagging groceries in Denmark if you don't speak English. But, of course, you WANT to practice you new Danish skills. I would suggest learning to say "I prefer to speak Danish" and "thanks for your patience." You are very lucky to be able to make this trip and congratulations!
I'm a bit worried about reading road signs. I imagine they are intuitive though, as are most road signs.
There you go (there are several options to chose from in the list menu in the middle top of the web page).
You will find totally about 250 different Danish road signs shown via the menu choices.
What a brilliant web site. I could brows it for hours. Thank you so much. It will be very useful. As I suspected, the picture signs are practically identical to the UK ones, but the translations are great and some of the less known signs are fun to read.
Free: The memrise official danish course seems more traditionally practical in that respect. Book: The Teach Yourself Danish will definitively cover all of that.
The 'Danish 1' memrise has many useful everyday phrases that I shall find very handy when meeting our new in-laws. Thank you for that. It also says each word which helps with the pronunciation although it appears to have several bugs when the audio doesn't work and the only way to continue is to ignore the word. I am working quickly through it as is also reinforces the Duolingo course. The 'Teach yourself Danish' book is quite expensive for just brushing up on phrases, but might have been worthwhile if I'd bought it a year ago! Many thanks for your advice.
I would advise buying such a small Berlitz Danish booklet for a few dollars. "Berlitz Danish Phrase Book and Dictionary" e.g. at the Amazon in your country. They are tailor made for that purpose and have a proven track record with sentences you can use there as a tourist and they cover the most frequently requested topics one encounters there.
Then (besides other Danish learning apps on your mobile telephone) having this little booklet in your pocket or having looked at it at before leaving might be handy to get the grasp.