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FREE Danish conversation classes in Copenhagen

Getting the opportunity to speak and practice Danish is not always easy, many expats find that Danes tend to switch to English when they try. Find here an overview of free Danish speaking opportunities.

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By Rosie Sharpe

I recently posted about some new free Danish classes at the Red Cross and was surprised at how popular the post was. Many responded to my post with extra information about their personal experiences.

The post also got the attention of the expat magazine Your Danish Life, who asked if I would write a piece for them to post.

So, in case it’s helpful for people, here’s a collection of the various free Danish classes I’ve found.

The article has been updated with the many comments about various opportunities expats have found around Copenhagen other than my own adding in these experiences as well.

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Find here our best tips for practicing your Danish for free:

Røde Kors, Nørrebro, Tuesdays 19:00 to 21:00.
Any level welcome. Staffed by volunteers, quite a few of whom are qualified Danish teachers. This is one of the few free classes that has qualified language teachers as volunteers.

Email integration.rkh@rodekors.dk to find out if there’s space for you (as this class is now full – you can no longer just show up but need to sign up for it). More information here 

Café Cadeau, Frederiksberg on Tuesdays 18:30 and Wednesdays 18.30.
Conversation practice. Any level welcome. Staffed by volunteers, though the few times I went (which was a while ago and before it expanded to two nights a week) it was very popular, so the ratio of volunteers to students was low. It’s free but the café asks you to buy something.

No need to sign up but probably a good idea to say you’re going on their Facebook page here.

Nørrebro library on Wednesdays from 16:00 to 18:00.
Conversation practice. I’ve never been so don’t know what it’s like. More information here  or here.

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Café Munk in central Copenhagen on Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:00.
Conversation practice for beginners from modules 1 to 3. I’ve never been so don’t know what it’s like. You can call them at 33 11 83 83

Studenterhuset, central Copenhagen on every other Saturday from 15:30 to 18:00.
Not just for learning Danish but also for lots of other languages. I’ve not been so don’t know what it’s like More information here.

Gentofte central library, 2900 Hellerup on Thursdays from 17:00 to 18:00.
Conversation practice aimed at people who can already hold a basic conversation in Danish. No need to sign up in advance. More information here.

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The church next to Torvehallerne in central Copenhagen.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 to 12:00 (women only). Tuesdays and Thursdays 14:00 to 16:00 (men and women). The first hour consists of a beginner’s level lecture with a little bit of religion thrown in, including singing a hymn in Danish.

In the second hour, the group divides up into four different levels with a volunteer teaching each class (with a lesson rather than just conversation practice). The level in the highest class is approximately module 3 or 4.

No need to sign up in advance. More information here.

Basement of Kafa X, Nørrebro, Thursdays from 18.00 to 21:00.
More information here.

CLAVIS, central Copenhagen, Thursdays from 15:00 to 17:00.
Run by a qualified Danish language teacher. More information here.

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SMK (the art gallery), Wednesdays from 16:00 to 19:00.
More information here.

Together with an elderly Dane at a location of your selection
Elderlearn.dk was established as a volunteer organisation where you are matched you with an elderly Dane who has volunteered to help someone with their Danish. You need to contact them to be matched at elderlearn.dk

FVU are adult education classes, for people with Danish as a first or second language.
They concentrate mainly on written rather than spoken Danish. You can sign up locally as well.

If you know of other groups or would like to share information with other readers, do send Your Danish Life a mail at info@yourdanishlife.dk or add them in the comments on the Facebook post !

God fornøjelse!