Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

Learn Danish
at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

Did you know? Danes have thirty-nine days off per year (paid leave and public holidays), second in the EU behind the French and Germans (forty).

Hej! Danish is spoken by some six million people, more than five million of whom live in Denmark. It is the second language of Greenland, and of the Faroe Islands, located between Britain and Iceland. Greenland and the Faroes are politically autonomous, but remain part of the Danish Kingdom, anrd are represented in the Danish parliament.

Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian are closely related, and belong to the Northern Germanic linguistic group.

Mind you, as Nationally Syndicated Talk Host Barry Farber points out, that's something for you to know and enjoy - not something to mention to Scandinavians.

They're horrified when outsiders say, 'Gee, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian are all alike.' They prefer to dwell on the differences. There was a popular movement in Norwegian early in the twentieth century to change the language for no apparent reason other than to make it less like Danish.

Swedish and Danish have common origins, although, as Denmark and Norway were unified for four hundred years prior to 1814, Norwegian and Danish developed similarities.

With the rising popularity of TV programmes such as 'The Bridge,' there has been a surge of interest in learning Danish.

Your best choice to learn Danish in Los Angeles is the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute. Our faculty and courses are proven, effective, and extremely popular with residents of the Los Angeles area.

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Meet Your Danish Teachers

Bent | Danish teacher


Danish teacher
@ BH Lingual

The best part about living in Los Angeles is...
The diversity and opportunity you find here. Contrasting neighborhoods, different architecture, and the diversity of cultures and languages you can see and hear on the street every day reassure you that the whole world is represented here.

Recommend a place to visit where Danish is the native language, and tell us why you like it.
There is no place outside the country of Denmark where Danish is the native language. Therefore Denmark is the only place to be if you want to hear the everyday use of the Danish language. From Copenhagen with its old castles and classic urban feel to the west coast with the roaring North Sea and raw wind blew coast there is only 180 miles, but the Danish dialect between the two places can sound just as different as the surroundings seem to be.

What Danish film or musical artist do you recommend students watch or listen to?
One of the better Danish movies from recent years is 'The Hunt' (Jagten) with Mads Mikkelsen. It captures ordinary Danish small-town life, the Danish open-mindedness and pride as well as the following hypocrisy.

What most surprises your students about Danish?
Just as much as some of the sounds in the Danish language can be challenging for foreigners to pronounce, they also often get surprised of how many words are similar to the English language, or if not similar then easy recognizable. Furthermore the grammar is also pretty straight forward.

What one thing would you like your students to know about you?
I lived 45 years in Denmark, I taught Danish literature and writing as well as Danish social studies in the Danish public school for 10 years. In addition, I worked in the field of business in the private sector in Denmark for 12 years.

Learn [LANGUAGE] in Los Angeles

Learn Danish in Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Lingual Institute is the premier Danish language school in Los Angeles, fostering a dedicated student body and a rich, supportive atmosphere for learning Danish.

We offer Danish classes for all levels of students, and take pride in providing L.A.'s premier Danish instruction, with highly educated, native-speaking Danish teachers and university texts.

Danish language tutors are also available for private instruction and corporate programs.

Schedule | Danish Language Classes

We offer a comprehensive schedule of Danish language classes in Los Angeles. The classes scheduled reflect our current students' needs and the anticipated requirements of new students.

Current Term
New Year 2020
Next Term
Spring I 2020
Mon 06 Jan
Sat 29 Feb
Mon 02 Mar
Sat 25 Apr
Please Call (323) 651-5000 to Schedule Please Call (323) 651-5000 to Schedule

All regularly scheduled classes meet once a week for 80 minutes during each eight-week term.

If your level and preferred time is not shown, please call.

We often add Beginner's classes after the schedule is published in order to accommodate demand.

Private classes

We also offer semi-private Danish classes or private Danish lessons for any level of Danish. Please write us or call (323) 651-5000 to schedule your private class.

Why Learn Danish?

Learn [LANGUAGE] in Los Angeles

When you learn Danish, you also get proficiency in two other languages: Norwegian and Swedish.

Norwegian is an almost identical to Danish, with just a few distinctions that are irrelevant to everyday use. In fact, bokmål, one of the two official dialects spoken in Norway, is sometimes referred to as Dano-Norwegian. The two languages also share the same alphabet, which comprises all the letters of the English alphabet, with the additional vowels: æ, ø and å.

Swedish uses some unique words and phrases but is, to a large extent, understood by Danish speakers.

In any list of non-English-speaking countries with the highest percentage of people fluent in English, the three Scandinavian countries - Denmark, Norway, and Sweden - are close behind Holland. You may never need their language no matter where you go or who you deal with in Scandinavia, but Scandinavians are among the most appreciative people on earth if you're prepared to make the effort.

Besides, the Scandinavian languages are relatively easy for Americans to learn. They're Germanic languages, related to English, but vastly easier to learn than German. The verbs don't change for person and number, and only slightly for tense. The word order follows English obligingly most of the way.

By learning Danish, you will also be able to read the native labels of some of the best beers and spirits in the world; speak the language of the oldest monarchy in Europe, and read Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid' 1837 original in its original language (Den lille havfrue).

You could soon be well on your way to learning Danish. Good luck! Held od lykke!

Learning a language can change your life.

Knowing how to say at least a few words in another language will break the ice at any business meeting, and will certainly make your vacation more pleasant.

You may also want to get in touch with your heritage by learning some of the language that your ancestors spoke. Language is a particularly good bridge in this regard, as it can often be a guide to the ways in which different cultures express not only ideas, but emotions. By exposing you to every aspect of the human condition, language allows you to study the past, understand the present, and ponder the future.

The Beverly Hills Lingual Institute invites you to learn Danish at our award-winning school, where we are proud to offer Danish and more than 35 other languages.

Our language school hires and retains exceptional Danish teachers, eager to share their knowledge and love for their native land and the Danish language.

Our attractive location, on-site parking and schedule all combine to facilitate your Danish courses.

Read what our students say about us - and come experience the best Danish courses in Los Angeles.

Why a Classroom Instead of an On-Line Course?

Clearly there are those who have been successful using on-line courses.

However, we have found that most students who are serious about learning Danish do better in a classroom setting with native-speaking teachers, using college-level texts.

Languages are about far more than tedious grammar rules and arcane vocabulary.

Languages are about people.

American journalist Flora Lewis once said, "Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."

As such, learning a language requires context, cultural and otherwise, which, we would submit, a native speaker is best equipped to provide.

The best way to discover a new language is to immerse yourself in it. Listen to the way it sounds, concentrate on the pronunciation, and look at how it is written. Above all, speak it. By listening and repeating, you'll enter a new world of ideas and peoples. A word spoken between ten and 20 times is remembered more readily than a word seen 50 to one hundred times.

Being surrounded by others who are interested in the Danish language and culture will reinforce your interest and motivation. Learning together, with shared commitment, creates a pleasant and exciting education experience. As we're often told, acquiring a language through immersion really does feel like magic!

Research has shown time and time again that motivation and the establishment of clear goals at the outset are the keys to a learner's progress.

  • Regularly scheduled Danish classes

  • Accountability from your teacher and the class

  • Individual attention to your learning style

  • Interaction with teacher and classmates

  • Continuity of teaching method at all levels

  • Stay with your classmates as you progress

More About Danish

The most typical greeting, Hej! (Hi!), is used when meeting someone and when departing. On your departure, you may also use Hej-hej! (Bye) and Vi ses! (See you) or Hav det godt! (Take care!)

When you meet with friends, you may ask Hvordan går det? (How are you?) to which they may reply, Fint, hvad med dig? (Fine, how about you?)

It is customary for people to introduce themselves rather than have others introduce them. The titles Hr. (Mr.), Fru (Mrs.), Frk. (Miss) or the abbreviation Fr. (Ms.) are rarely used in spoken Danish, but may be used in letters.

In Danish, there are two words for you: De (formal) and du (informal). The use of the formal De has declined in the past several decades.

Like Dutch, the Scandinavian languages have two genders - common and neuter - and the definite article follows the nouun and becomes one word. For example, 'a pen' in Norwegian is en Penn, 'the pen' is pennen.)

Variations of Tak (Thanks) include Manage tak (Many thanks), Tusind tak (A thousand thanks), and Tak skal du have! (literally, Thanks shall you have). A dinner guest would say Tak for i dag! (Thanks for today) or Tak for i aften! (Thanks for tonight).

Language Classes at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

The Beverly Hills Lingual Institute offers the most comprehensive selection of language classes in the Los Angeles area.

Classes are held at our facility located at 8383 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 250 in Beverly Hills, California.

Most of our 80-minute classes are scheduled during the evening with the first session running from 6:00 to 7:20 pm, and the second session running from 7:35 to 8:55 pm.

Some classes are also offered during the day. See the schedule for a complete list of all classes.

We all speak one.
Some of us speak several.
A few of us know dozens.

Languages are a staple of everyday life, a necessity for getting by in the world and communicating with each other. They can help you get jobs, help you enjoy another country and culture - and even get you out of trouble.

Choose a language and begin to enjoy the extraordinary benefit of being bilingual or multilingual.

Private Classes

Some students prefer private lessons instead of a scheduled class, or occasionally take private classes to augment their existing, scheduled group course. Private classes are tailored to specific needs, and can be useful if a student's language knowledge is uneven, if a more intensified study program is needed, or if scheduling and privacy is a concern.

With our large staff of native speakers, we can schedule private lessons in most languages.

Private lessons are available in packages of eight, 80-minute sessions; or, if you are enrolled in a group class, your private lesson can be scheduled individually.

Alternative Programs

The majority of our scheduled language classes are designed for adult students who want to learn another language. We also offer the following alternative programs.

English | Accent Reduction

Classes evaluate the student's problem areas and focus on exercises designed to target and remedy those areas. Our Accent Reduction course focuses on pronunciation, stress, enunciation, diction, tonality, musicality, syntax, and articulation, through vowel and consonant exercises, work chants, tongue twisters, and readings. Individual attention is given to each student's area of difficulty.

English | Native Speaker

English | Native Speaker Classes

These classes are for those who grew up speaking English but want to improve and refine their English. Designed to give you the critical edge in English communication, they target grammar, spelling, and pronunciation.

Little Linguals

Little Linguals Classes

Designed for children aged 6 – 11, our "Little Lingual" classes meet once a week during the afternoon for one hour. Class content includes Alphabet, Songs, Games, Practical Words and Phrases, and Basic Dialogue. Children aged 12 and above can join our regularly scheduled adult classes.

These exciting classes are geared to get an early start on language learning while helping children enjoy and appreciate a different culture. This is the best time for them to learn a foreign language. The younger the learner, the better they are at mimicking new sounds and adopting pronunciation. The brain is open to new sounds and patterns in preadolescence.

Young children have the luxury of taking in a new language naturally. A child's brain is like a sponge, soaking up new vocabulary, sentence structure, words stress, pronunciation, and everything that makes up language quickly, easily - and, most importantly, without explicit grammatical instruction.

When you're an adult, learning a new language takes a bit more effort!

Little Linguals Classes

Young children have time to learn through play-like activities. Language lessons can be informal. Children's minds are not yet cluttered with facts to be stored and tested. Before children become self-conscious, they can try out their newly acquired languages without fear of embarrassment.

Children who grow up learning about languages develop empathy for others and a curiosity for different cultures and ideas. They're better prepared to take their place in a global society. In later years, career opportunities increase for those with additional languages to offer.

Studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Moreover, pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign-language-learning peers in standardized verbal and math tests, indicating that learning additional language is a cognitive - and not just linguistic - activity. The brain, like any muscle, functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental muscle.

Travel Classes

Travel Classes

Our Travel Classes are designed for those who are planning a trip and want to get more out of their travel experience. These classes are held twice a week for one month. They are language classes focused on travel conversation, pronunciation, and culture.

Translating and Interpreting

Translating and Interpreting

With a roster of over eighty native-speaking teachers in over 30 different languages, the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute has the expertise to address many translating and interpreting challenges. This is a highly customized service. Please contact us to discuss your translating or interpreting requirements.