Category Archive: Practice what you preach

Learning Danish: Finding out what works for you

There are many resources for learning a language, but I think everyone needs to figure out what works for them. There was someone in my language class who swore by this app which helped him learn words by repeating them every day. That worked well for him, but it wouldn’t for me. I think everyone …

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Learning Danish: The bumpy road to fluency

The past 2.5 years I have been learning Danish. Once I knew I was moving to Denmark, I downloaded one of those apps that help you learn some words. I remember how I was replaying the sound of skildpadde (‘turtle’) again and again to determine what kind of sound it was the Danes finished that …

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Learning Danish: ’No cow on the ice?’

Some say that Danish is one of the most difficult languages to learn. While I think that also depends on what your native language is (it is a lot more difficult for my Chinese friend than for me), research shows that Danish was the most difficult native language to learn out of the following seven …

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One year in Denmark

It has now been more than a year since I moved to Denmark, and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. I haven’t been posting as much as I would have liked about my own experiences living abroad, but I guess that is part of the busy times you face when moving to a new country. …

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Ibasho – a place to be

The past months I have been often thinking of the Japanse concept Ibasho. I came across it for the first time a few years ago, in an academic article investigating the importance of this concept for expatriate spouse adjustment (1). What is Ibasho? Ibasho literally means ‘a place to be’, and the authors of that …

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Saying goodbye to Nijmegen

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon This summer has been a summer of saying goodbye to familiar places. One of …

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Becoming a self-initiated expatriate

The past two months have seen a little less activity on this blog than I was planning on. The reason: I am soon going to be an expat myself! I have found a job as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern Denmark. So from the 1st of September I am moving to Denmark and …

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