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Video course for self-study ‘Structuring Danish sentence correctly: theory & explanations in English, examples and tasks in Danish’

Introducing the course

The length and contents of the course

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The total length of the course is appx. 280 minutes.

Lesson #1 How to approach learning sentence structure in Danish

Lesson #2 Subject & verb

Lesson #3 Learn to spot the main clause. What is the main clause (hovedsætning) logically?

Lesson #4 Lesson 4 Optional field in the main sentence

Lesson #5 Scenario 1: main clause without inversion

Lesson #6 Scenario 2 of the main clause with inversion

Lesson #7 Possible inversion triggers in the main clause (only Scenario 2)

Lesson #8 Learn to detect a subordinate clause

Lesson #9 One scenario for word order in subordinate clauses

Lesson #10 Control lesson: main clause or subclause?

Lesson #11 Subordinate clause conjunctions

Lesson #12 Time subclauses

Lesson #13 Subclauses of description & reference

Lesson #14 Subclauses of reasoning

Lesson #15 Subclauses of comparison, condition & alternative

Lesson #16 Subclauses of contrast/contradiction & admission (of a paradox)

Lesson #17 Subclauses of additional information with ‘at’ and ‘hv-words

Lesson #18 Subclauses of purpose

Lesson #19 Summmary & Control questions

Lesson #20 Test yourself: free adverbs in the main clause without a subordinate clause

Lesson #21 Test youself: central adverbs in the main clause without a subordinate clause

Lesson #22 Test youself: central/Free adverbs in the subordinate clause

Lesson #23 Test youself: Main clause & subclause in one complex sentence

Watch a preview: Lesson 6 Scenario 2 of the main clause_with inversion

Where do confusions in word order come from and how to tackle them?

While learning to speak Danish as a child or a teenager, one may unconsciously acquire word order structure from regular language input. When an adult learner formulates a Danish phrase, especially when the level is getting more advanced, a conscious effort is needed to master the sentence structure. Therefore, I believe it is necessary to consciously systematize the basic principles of structuring a Danish sentence. The way I teach word order in Danish is mainly based on my learning practices, which turned out to be effective. I also apply my teaching experience of tackling a word order issue in adult learners in a short time, e.g. before an exam or as a repair of the acquired wrong sentence structure.

Danish sentence structure is precise and allows a limited variation. Each building brick should stay at its place, and the changes in the word order may completely change the meaning of the phrase, as in the case with ‘så’ as the main clause conjunction of consequence (a) and the subclause conjunction of purpose (b).

Naboerne spillede høj musik, så (therefore=result/consequence) jeg kunne ikke sove. = The neighbours were playing loud music, that’s why I could not sleep.

Naboerne spillede høj musik, så (so that=purpose) jeg ikke kunne sove. = The neighbours were playing loud music (on purpose) so that I could not sleep. (They wanted me not to sleep).

An intermediate and even advanced learner may have confusion in the word order. These confusions are caused by missing the distinction between the main clause and subclause in a complex sentence. Therefore it is crucial to learn how to distinguish the main clause from the subclause and structure each of the two types.

No specific linguistic knowledge is needed to follow the course

The main terms like the verb and the subject, inversion, inversion triggers, the main clause and subclause, central adverbs, а free adverb, the post-position of a subclause and others, are gradually introduced in the course, so no specific linguistic knowledge is needed to follow the course.

Video screens for a download

All the video screens and test tasks are available for download on the course page for registered users, so you can print them out before you start watching, follow the videos and make notes to the slide/translation while watching.

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