Short Stories In Danish: Learn Danish With Stories You’ll Love
by Olly Richards
You've been studying Danish for a while now. You've got some vocabulary under your belt, and you've learned some grammar rules.
Great! But what is the best learning path to take next?
Well, in all my years of teaching students how to learn a multitude of languages, I've discovered this fantastic fact. Reading short stories is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to improve your language skills fast.
In this article, I'll tell you exactly what you can expect when you open this book. And, I'll explain why reading a short story in Danish is an excellent way to master a new language.
Why Short Stories Will Work For You
The latest teaching and learning psychology tells us that language learning based on input — and in particular stories — is a powerful method. It's effective, enjoyable and fun!
So, here's why it works.
You're reading for meaning.
If you studied language in school, you probably found it difficult to concentrate on all those exercises in your textbook. And, somehow the concepts refused to stay in your brain.
But, stories introduce those same concepts in the context of a gripping plot. The result is you internalise the language naturally, developing an understanding of how it's used in real life. This is why fiction is great for language learning.
You're engaging your emotions.
When you care about the characters and the problems they face, the emotion engages your brain differently.
Humans tend to remember feelings more easily than facts, so you'll internalise the concepts when your emotions are involved.
You feel a great sense of achievement.
Stories not only help you expand your vocabulary and learn grammar naturally… they hook you in. You can't help but keep reading.
There’s a sense of satisfaction when you complete a chapter. You know all the events — and what the characters said — it feels terrific. When you've finished, you can turn around and dive in again, giving you even more practice and understanding.
And that's the beauty of reading short stories in Danish….
They are fun and entertaining as well as educational. So you can actually enjoy your study instead of thinking it's a drag.
These eight tales are written across the genres, from science fiction and fantasy to crime and page-turning thrillers.
Their vocabulary and grammar concepts have been pitched especially for young and adult learners from high-beginner to low-intermediate levels. These levels correspond to A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
With reading practice at your level, you can enjoy the tales without feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. You'll already have met many of the 1000 most-commonly-used words in Danish before, and these yarns will introduce you to the rest.
This controlled language helps you work out unknown words by thinking about the context of the sentences around them. You'll be amazed how when you double-check in the dictionary, nine times out of ten your “guess” was correct.
What's Included In This Short Story In Danish Book?
From start to finish, I've carefully designed Short Stories in Danish to be easy to use, so you can get the most out of reading each and every story.
Here's what you'll find inside:
Enjoyable reading practice designed explicitly for your high-beginner level. Now you can spend your time with the story instead of desperately searching the dictionary.
Controlled language at your level to help you progress confidently.
Accessible grammar so you can learn new structures naturally in context.
Realistic spoken dialogues introduce you to conversational expressions to add to your speaking ability while you read.
Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations set the scene and bring the stories to life.
Vocabulary lists so you can quickly check unfamiliar terms without interrupting your reading flow.
Summaries and comprehension questions at the end of each chapter ensure that you understand what's happened and set you up for the next part of the adventure.
But what if you want double the input and listen to Danish while you read?
There's even a handy Interactive app, so now you can read, listen and learn all at the same time. Whether you're at home or out and about, your Danish short stories are right there, whenever you need them.
That old excuse “I don't have enough time” will never cross your lips again.