June 12, 2011
This picture represents one of the things I LIKE the MOST about Denmark because it is a picture from one of my classes at Lær Dansk, Herning.
--Yes, the Immigration Department REQUIRES that a foreigner (who wants to stay in Denmark) learn Danish.
--Yes, the Immigration Department REQUIRES that a foreigner show his/her proficiency in the Danish language in the 3 areas of READING, WRITING and SPEAKING within 3 years of being in Denmark by passing the national exam known as Prøve 3.
But most importantly--the Immigration Department PAYS FOR ALL FOREIGNERS to attend Danish school in their local community (where they can choose between day & night classes), and this education is AT NO COST to the student.
So not only do I LIKE that Denmark gave me a network of friends as soon as I arrived here, but I REALLY LIKE that they truly put their money where their mouth is. The Danish Language is important to them so they ensure that there is NO financial excuse for us NOT to learn it.DISLIKE:
I think Lær Dansk should have "Spouse Classes" where our Danish husbands/wives can go to some "brush up" courses in Danish grammar so that when we get home from school and are attempting to do our homework and really USE our language learning, our spouses can help us. Most of them (as I have heard from SO many people like me) are, of course, EXPERTS in Danish, but cannot remember all the WHYs about grammar and verb choice and other things that really do get in our way of learning.
I am not sure that all spouses would be willing to go, but I think it would be a great thing to offer... just a "how to help your spouse while he/she is learning Danish" course. Wouldn't that be amazing?!