the Schwarzschild Ulna (aeolian_harp) wrote in linguaphiles,
the Schwarzschild Ulna
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I have been trying to learn Danish for three years and have been really unsuccessful in being able to understand what people are saying to me when they are not catering to the fact that it's not my native language. I also haven't been able to improve my confidence in speaking it at all. I can't get the rhythm/stress down at all, and I think my accent has been the same since I very first began learning. I've found that language classes don't help with these aspects at all. I studied in Denmark for nine months and lived with all Danes. I listened in on their conversations with each other for an hour or two every day. I'm now back here and I still can't understand speech at all - my comprehension is extremely low. I can understand maybe a word or two per sentence. I can understand a pretty high percentage of written Danish, my grammar is okay, and I can understand song lyrics. It's just the speaking part that gets to me.

Any tips on how to improve since the immersion thing isn't working out? Is there a certain way I can *listen* to the language, maybe? What types of things should I try to listen for when I hear other people speak?
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