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on 16 May 2007
The book and CDs together really do make a complete course for you to follow at home. Presentation in good within the constraints of the small format and lack of colour printing/illustration. Each chapter is very well organised and follows a logical format. Grammatical points are explained succinctly. There are exercises and dialogues and also a focus on an aspect of Danish culture within each chapter. The variety is very welcome. There is a lot of information in each chapter, and you should not expect to progress particularly quickly. The CD is essential as a guide to the deffinately different way to pronounce Danish.
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on 5 February 2010
This is a really good way of learning a language. By playing the CD over and over again you soon pick up the vocabulary and more importantly the pronunciation. This is presumably how children learn to speak by hearing their parents speaking. Repetition is the secret. The CD can be taken wherever you go, in the car etc, or I listen whilst I'm sewing or doing housework. I am only just starting on the book and working the two together, but it is helpful to see the written language. I would say that you must be fully committed to learning Danish. My husband has listened and isn't at all interested! I felt exactly the same way with the French course. My heart wasn't in it but I enjoy Danish and am finding it challenging. I would recommend it as a very good starting point to see whether you want to pursue it further.
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on 31 August 2010
This is a great book!!

It takes you step by step with everyday conversations and finally you start to understand the basics faster than you would expect.

It is totally "a must" for the beginner like me!

I totally recommend this book to anyone who wants to start learning the basics of the Danish language, someone who wants to visit the country or someone who is starting to live or work at this wonderful country!
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on 15 June 2012
Producing an electronic course book with embedded audio clips is a brilliant concept. However, the audio doesnot work on Kindle devices. This is displayed clearly on the amazon website, but not on the kindle store. There is no way of knowing this when you download the book through your kindle, only to then be told your device does not support the audio content. Rather a costly mistake to make, when you can buy the electronic coursebook for kindle for £9.99. I have always found Teach Yourself books to be clear and conscise- just make your you don't waste your money paying for something that won't work on your device.
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on 6 June 2012
To be honest, I didn't expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised.

One thing that always pleases me is when a book is well laid-out and clearly printed, and this one is.

The CDs correspond to the book fairly closely. There are some extra bits in the book that aren't on the CD, but you'd expect that.

I have a slight issue with the way the publishers keep repackaging books like this, and it's not clear if they've been updated or not. But that's not the author's fault. Also, the publishers have (physically) overpackaged it in a huge box, which isn't necessary. It's so it looks like you are getting more for your money I suppose. Again, this isn't the author's fault, and I'd say it's still worth buying, especially if you haven't already got an older version. If you do have an older version, and it's still in good condition, then it may not be worth getting this one. It's up to you.

I don't accept the criticism of another reviewer that it's not for people who haven't learned a language before. It is not particularly overburdened with grammatical language. For helvede, Danish isn't that sort of language for a start!
It has much simpler grammar than English.

But where there are grammatical terms, in the age of the internet and google, no one has an excuse for not being able to quickly find the meaning of the most common grammatical terms.

I googled quickly on "modal verbs in Danish" and got the Danish Grammar wikipedia page. In this I read:

"The future tense is formed with the modals verbs vil or skal and the infinitive, e.g. tror du, det vil regne, "do you think it's going to rain", vi skal nok komme igen i morgen, "we'll come again tomorrow".

Really this is so close to the English, it's pretty clear what's going on. It's not rocket science folks.

Going back to the book, even if you are not sure what a modal verb is, from the translations of the Danish sentences, when a modal is involved, the meaning is pretty clear.
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on 23 October 2013
This is a great teach yourself danish course but the people saying the lines on the audio cd sound totally stilted at times so there is no rhythm to the conversations. The book is quite old now so maybe its time to rerecord the audio
With some new actors?
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on 10 February 2011
Teach yoursefl Danish is one of the best book you can find to learn Danish. Make easy the most difficult pronunciation ever.
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on 17 February 2015
Easy to follow
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on 22 June 2016
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on 13 May 2012
I'll keep this brief. This book is written by a language major who assumes everyone else reading this book is too. It may be for beginners in Danish, but it's not for someone new to studying language. Look at this way: Do you know what an adjective agreeing with a qualifying noun is? How about cases, genitive nouns, modal verbs or present participles? If you're wondering what the hell I'm talking about, that's nothing compared to how you'll feel if you waste your money on this course. None of this is explained and the preface doesn't even explain that this knowledge is assumed. Oh, and there's already two typos 5 pages in. Please, buy anything other than this.
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