4.0 out of 5 stars
Danish Learner, Dec 7 1999
For an absolute beginner, this is one of the better books on offer. It explains things clearly, and from the ground up.
That said, the cassettes - absolutely necessary, since Danish pronunciation is a bear - are maddening. They start with a stretch of English-language chatter about how wonderful the course is, a speech which becomes even more annoying with repeated listenings. After that, they just race through a series of barely differentiated diologues.
I would have found it more helpful to have learned how to pronounce some of the colloquial expressions the written chapters present.
That said, the written chapters are well-organized, build on each other, and are easy to follow. In a perfect world, the vocabulary would be better organized - we'd learn the verbs for sit, stand, and lie all at once, for example, instead of in three separate chapters - but I haven't found any other Danish text that does that, so perhaps there's some kind of royal edict against it.
Note to Americans: this book is VERY Brit-centric. Everyone in the diologues seems to be flying in from London and drinking tea.