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Danish Module 1.1 test and textbooks
Danish Module 1.1 test and textbooks

Pictured above is my unofficial test for Danish Module 1.1. The test consisted of a listening test (the teacher asking questions in Danish, and then we had to write our answers) and a writing test (we had to make conversations for some stickmen who are providing us with clues as to what they want to say). I managed to get a pretty good score for it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything!

So the whole Module 1.1 gang (except for 1 person who dropped out, 1 person who decided to retake Module 1.1, and 1 person who has switched to a later class) decided to proceed to Module 1.2. We also got a few new people: an American, another Spaniard, an Israeli, and a Serbian (although, we may have lost the latter as she could speak Norwegian, and therefore Module 1.2 would be too easy for her). This module also goes for 6 weeks – the same as Module 1.1. I find it hard to believe that we are now two-third through this module.

We are certainly progressing quickly. Module 1.2 seems to focus more on active conversations and reading long passages. We will have a test… an official one this time. The test will be conducted orally and consist of talking about a particular topic (which will be chosen randomly) and making stickmen conversation. I am actually rather anxious about this test. I think at the moment I am better at written Danish than in spoken Danish. But I guess this also gives me an incentive to get better at the spoken version.

On another note, I really should try to blog a bit more regularly.

Job contract

KU Contract
KU Contract

So, after 4 months, I have finally got my contract at KU.

Wait, did you say that you just got your contract?

Why, yes I did.

After 4 months?


So you’re finally getting paid now?

No. I have been getting my salary since my first month here.

That’s bizarre!

Yes. I guess that just shows how trusting Danes are.

That is unheard of in Australia… at least as far as foreigners are concerned.

That’s right. In Australia, you need to have a contract before you can even apply for your work visa to enter the country. And speaking of work permit, in Denmark, you are free to enter the country as a tourist and then apply for a work permit once you are in. As for me, I got my work permit sorted out before I even landed on Danish soil.

So how come it took a long time for you to get your contract?

Well, my contract was only processed when I arrived in late May. It took some time to process because the HR person has to go through my education and work history to assign the correct amount for my salary. Also, when I arrived, it was the beginning of summer, so a lot of people were away for summer vacation.

I see…

Actually, there’s more to it than that. I only got my contract because we stumbled into it accidentally.

Accidentally? What do you mean?

Well, I went to a workshop in Germany. So I wanted to lodge a travel expense claim form. I needed to know where my funding comes from. So the group administrator tried to look for it in my folder, and she came across my contract!

That was lucky.

The funny thing is, it was dated the end of June!

Wait a minute… so the contract was actually ready for 3 months?

Yes. It was actually sent to my previous address! I moved out from my old place at the end of June. I didn’t get a mail redirection because I wasn’t expecting to get any snail mail. I was expecting the contract to be sent electronically.

Ah, so that was your fault.

Hmm… I guess so. But it all worked out in the end. I signed it, despite the contract saying “return within 14 days”. The International HR staff just laughed it off. Like I said, Danes a pretty relaxed about this kind of things.

Well, all’s well that ends well, I guess!

Yes, I agree completely.