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How long to be able to speak relatively fluently in Danish and is it possible on Duolingo?

I have always wondered: can I become fluent in Danish?

Thanks for all the help!

April 18, 2019



I'm sure you can if you frequently talk to Danish-speakers in Danish. DL will only teach you the basics, which is a perfectly good start, but won't make you 'fluent' by any reasonable definition.
Knowing the basics is essential if you wish to practise Danish as practically all Danes can speak English probably an awful lot better than you will be able to speak Danish, so it is usually necessary to have at least a half-decent grasp of it in order to get them to use it at all with you.

April 18, 2019


For people living here, working with danes every day, fluency seems to take years. Duolingo alone may allow you to understand simple spoken and written Danish, but pronounciation, especially, requires far more practice than Duolingo can give you.

April 18, 2019


It takes 4 to 6 years if you live in DK

April 19, 2019


My wife had a native-like pronunciation in nine months, several of which with intensive Danish course and visiting a language cafe, as well as independent study. She understands and communicate fluently with the vocabulary she has.

In 11 and a half months I got to the point where I could say everyday things with a strong foreign accent an be mostly understood, but understanding speech was hard for me. I read fluently and write reasonably, though with mistakes.

So: It is certainly possible, but requires time and dedication.

April 26, 2019


i am dane and my wife is from indonesia but having job i denmark. She has been studying for 4 years - now understands and speaks danish - but it takes time not to forget denmark is a small country .. unless you want to settle down in denmark you are better learning english :-) danish is amongst the most difficult languages to be taught...

April 19, 2019
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