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The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn DanishWhether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Danish will expand your horizons andMoreThe Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn DanishWhether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Danish will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.Why Pimsleur?- Quick & Easy - Only 30 minutes a day.- Portable & Flexible - Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.- Proven Method - Works when other methods fail.- Self-Paced - Go fast or go slow - it’s up to you.- Based in Science - Developed using proven research on memory and learning.- Cost-effective - Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.- Genius - Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.- Works for everyone - Recommended for ages 13 and above.What’s Included?- 30, 30-minute audio lessons- 67 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Danish- in total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers- a Reading Booklet and User’s GuideWhat You’ll LearnIn the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.Reading Lessons begin at the end of Unit 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading Danish. In addition, the combined Reading Lessons from the course are included at the end. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent.The Pimsleur MethodWe make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:The Principle of AnticipationIn the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.Core VocabularyWords, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.Graduated Interval RecallReminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.Organic LearningYou work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.Learning in ContextResearch has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.Active ParticipationThe Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.The Danish LanguageDanish, a North Germanic language based on Old Norse, is spoken by some 6 million people, primarily in Denmark, although there are some speakers in Norway, Sweden, the Faroese Islands, and Greenland. Within the country of Denmark, there are many different dialects spoken. Generally, the newscast or Standard Danish (also referred to as rigsdansk), which is based on the dialects spoken in and around Copenhagen, is considered the most desirable dialect. This course adheres as closely as possible to Standard Danish. Because of the large number of similarities between Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, knowledge of any one of these languages makes it possible to understand the others. This is true for both spoken and written forms.Tech Talk- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.- MP3 files available exclusively from Pimsleur.com can be played using the free Pimsleur Course Manager app, which can be installed on smartphones, tablets or computers for personal use only.