There are many advantages of learning Danish. Not only does it make a big difference for your future (Danish) employer, but you will also manage much easier in Sonderborg in terms of everyday life as a citizen here. Furthermore, you achieve a unique insight into the Danish culture and its traditions.
Learn Danish online
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Danish lessons in Sonderborg
As a newcomer you are entitled to attend a Danish course at a reduced tuition fee for up to 3,5 years during the first five years of your stay in Denmark. The Danish education is divided into 6 modules - each module costs 2000,- DKK (about 267,- Euro). Depending on your qualifications and skill level, you will be placed on a course.
Before starting the Danish course at the language school, you are obligated to pay a deposit of 1.250,- DKK (about 167,- Euro). The amount is to be paid to the language school, where you also will receive further information on repayment etc. If you are in Denmark as an au-pair, you will not have to pay the deposit.
In Sonderborg following Danish schools are offering Danish lessons with reduced tuition fee:
- A2B (for everybody)
- UCplus (only for students from SDU and EASV)
UCplus offers all international students at SDU or EASV Sonderborg Danish lessons twice a week directly at campus. The lessons are held after normal classes and you can also participate in a study café, where you can come and talk to a teacher, socialize with other students, get help, extra assignments or practice your pronunciation.
As a student at UCplus you will be provided with a free tablet and access to their online platform flexidansk.dk. That way you can practice a little every day – anywhere and anytime. Furthermore, you receive a diploma as a documentation for your achieved level. UCplus offers both ‘Intro Danish’ and 'Danish for beginner and advanced students'. You can register online, if you are either a SDU or an EASV student, even if you are still pending a CPR-number. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Isabella (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +45 5363 2176).
If you wish to sign up to receive Danish lessons at one of the above mentioned language schools, please contact your local Citizen Service (borgerservice) to receive a referral. After receiving a referral from the municipality, you can register for Danish lessons at the language schools.
Fast-track option: If you are an accompanying spouse/partner it is advisable to take as many lessons as possible in the beginning of your stay in Sonderborg. When doing so, you will quickly adapt to the new culture, get a network, and will be able to communicate with the Danes. It will also help you to find a job faster than normal. Ask your language school how you can pass the Danish lessons in a faster mode.
Also, the Danish library in Flensburg/Germany (Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig) offers Danish lessons at a lower price.
FVU - Free Danish courses for basic Danish speakers
If you already speak Danish on a basic level, you might also attend Danish courses called 'FVU Start', 'FVU Læsning' and 'FVU Jobsøgning' at AOF Syd and VUC Syd in Sonderborg. Contact Jette Jørgensen at AOF Syd and/or Henrik Uldbjerg at VUC Syd for further information. Also, A2B in Sonderborg offers now FVU Læsning.
Free Danish conversation groups in Sonderborg
Join a conversation group and practice your Danish skills. Please check up with the specific contact person/institution when they meet up since the overview of the conversation groups on this homepage will not be updated on a weekly/monthly basis.
- Dansk Café at the Library of SDU: Every 2nd Saturday and every last Wednesday of each month the Library at SDU offers a Dansk Café for international newcomers. On Saturdays they meet from 1.30 pm to 3.30 p.m. and on Wednesdays they meet from 5 to 7 p.m. For further information contact Najmeh at email@example.com. The upcoming dates you can find here.
The café regularly hosts ‘Danish Evenings’ (Dansk-Aften).
- DFH Frivillignet
This association has conversation groups on Tuesdays from 4 to 5.30 p.m. at Frivillighuset, Ringridervej 45-47, 6400 Sonderborg.
- SDU Library Café
On the 2nd Monday of each month from 2.30 to 4 p.m. the Library at SDU offers a Danish Café for students. Everybody can participate; not just students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or look at their Facebook site.
- Ulkebøl Library
On Tuesdays from 4 to 6.30 p.m. the public library hosts conversation groups along with homework assistance for your children. The conversation café takes place at Torvet 1 in Sonderborg.
- Røde Kors Sønderborg (Red Cross): Conversation groups and homework assistance every Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Frivillighedens Hus on Perlegade 50 in Sonderborg.
- Røde Kors Guderup (Red Cross) offers conversation groups along with homework assistance for children. Every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guderup Aktivitetscenter, Gammel Guderup 31 in Guderup, 6430 Nordborg.
- Frelsens Hær in Sonderborg offers homework assistance for children every Tuesday and Thursday at Sundsmarkvej 18 in Sonderborg. In order to participate you will have to sign up at email@example.com.
Use Swaplanguage to find a tandem partner: a person speaking a language, which you would like to learn. You can then meet and practice your language skills with each other.