Danish course outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Cactus Foreign Language Evening Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the relevant Danish course outline for your level.

Danish Beginner 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Introducing yourself
  • Greeting people
  • Numbers 1 to 20
  • Nationalities
  • Travel and tourism
  • Numbers above 20
  • Danish money
  • Shopping
  • Yes/no questions

Grammar:

  • Personal pronouns
  • Present tense
  • Asking questions
  • Nouns and genders
  • Articles in the singular
  • Word order
  • Plurals of nouns
  • The use of nej, ja and jo

Cultural Content:

  • Invitations, offers, suggestions, requests
  • Everyday Danish Culture
  • Everyday speaking and polite forms
  • Seasonal festivals
  • The Danish diaspora
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Facts about the Danish: property, holidays, climate, etc

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

Danish Beginner 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Ordinal numbers
  • Days and months
  • Festive seasons
  • Expressing good wishes
  • On the phone
  • Time expressions
  • Apologising

Grammar:

  • Past tense
  • Past participle
  • Present perfect
  • Word order
  • Adjectives
  • Prepositions
  • Auxiliary verbs

Cultural Content:

    • Invitations, offers, suggestions, requests
    • Everyday Danish Culture
    • Everyday speaking and polite forms
    • Seasonal festivals
    • The Danish diaspora
    • Idiomatic expressions
    • Facts about the Danish: property, holidays, climate, etc

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

Danish Beginner 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Likes and dislikes
  • Films
  • Writing letters
  • Making suggestions
  • Expressing enthusiasm
  • Expressing promises
  • Expressing regret

Grammar:

  • Genitive
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Pronouns
  • Imperatives
  • Nouns ending in -er
  • Det as a formal subject

Cultural Content:

  • Everyday Danish Culture
  • Everyday speaking and polite forms
  • Danish table manners and eating habits
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Facts about the Danish: property, holidays, climate, etc

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

Danish Elementary 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Expressing duty
  • Daily routines
  • Planning for the future
  • The weather
  • The Danish titanic
  • Danish school system

Grammar:

  • Object pronouns
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • ‘burde’ and expressing duty
  • Adverbs ud/ude, hjem/hjemme
  • Short answers
  • Ikke and adverbs in subordinate clauses
  • Quantifiers
  • Comparative adjectives
  • Countable/uncountable nouns

Cultural Content:

  • Everyday Danish Culture
  • Danish school system
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Facts about the Danish: property, holidays, climate, etc

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

Danish Elementary 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Telling the time 
  • Describing people
  • Agreeing/disagreeing  
  • Offering help 
  • Transport and directions  
  • Responding to offers 
  • Showing preference  
  • Expressing opinions 
  • Talking about the future 

Grammar:

  • Compound nouns  
  • Sentences with ‘If’  
  • Demonstrative pronouns and adjectives  
  • Adjectives and nouns ending in -el. –en, -er 
  • Translating ‘to know’ 
  • Who(m), which, that 
  • Some, any 

Cultural content:

  • Everyday Danish Culture 
  • Transport in Denmark 
  • How Danes live  
  • Idiomatic expressions 
  • Facts about the Danish: property, holidays, climate, etc 

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice 
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading 
  • Lots of listening 
  • Pronunciation – key sounds 

Danish Elementary 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Question tags
  • Paying compliments
  • The Danish boss
  • Showing uncertainty and indifference
  • Disagreeing and swearing
  • Newspapers
  • Danish abbreviations

Grammar:

  • Adverb positioning
  • ‘When’
  • ‘all’, ‘the whole’, ‘self’, ‘both’
  • Repeating a question
  • Passive with active meaning
  • ‘At fa’ and ‘at have’
  • ‘No’ and ‘none’
  • -ing form

Cultural Content:

  • Everyday Danish Culture
  • The Danish Constitution
  • Some Danish history
  • Danish state church
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Facts about the Danish: property, holidays, climate, etc

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Alphabet / Writing / Reading
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation – key sounds

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