Rather than scouring databases for academic articles, researching, or writing papers, I am back at school. This time though, I am learning the alphabet.
I started Danish classes yesterday and will be going to school four days a week for three hours each morning. So far we have covered basic questions like "hvad hedder du?" (what is your name?) and "hvor kommer du fra?" (where do you come from?). Although I already knew what has been taught so far, it is nice to learn how to correctly say these simple phrases and not just say it the way I want, as it is usually far from being right.
Learning the alphabet and numbers makes it seem as if I am in kindergarten again. I now understand how it may be frustrating for little children to express themselves when they don't have the vocabulary to describe what they are thinking, feeling, or trying to communicate. It's still hard for me to speak in Danish outside of school and with other people besides the boyfriend because the sounds that I am making seem so unnatural coming out of my mouth. The Danish language is full of weird sounds and if you're not making the right sound or using the right tone, a word you're saying could mean a totally different thing! The first module that I am currently in lasts about three months and they try to teach you how to communicate in everyday life. I'll keep you updated on what I'm learning over the next few weeks!