The Scandinavian School offers Danish courses at several different skill levels. Each course costs $350 and consists of 8 weekly, hour and a half lessons. Students must also purchase course materials, which will cost approximately $40 for the beginner courses and $70 for the intermediate courses. The materials can be used for multiple courses.

All sales are final. Students can be transferred between different levels if needed, but refunds are not offered.

Each year we offer four sessions of courses: two in the spring and two in the fall. You may only sign up for one course per semester (8 classes) at a time.

Unsure which course is right for you? Contact Cultural Director Pia Persson at with questions. 

The Classes

Classes are small (typically around 8 students) which gives us lots of time for individual attention. Different courses use different textbooks, and we create a fun and engaging curriculum by including materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, music and song texts, picture collages, as well as video and audio clips.


Beginner 2

Teacher: Pernille Oland
Day/time:  Mondays 7:30-9:00PM
Dates:  April 10 - June 5

Please note there will be no class on May 29

This course is for students who have taken Beginner 1 or already possess a very basic knowledge of Danish grammar and sentence structure. The class follows the text book Colloquial Danish and will continue the curriculum from Chapter 6. The class will continue building up vocabulary and begin speaking Danish with a focus on face-to-face communication in typical everyday situations. The class will read and write short texts and also practice Danish by deciphering songs texts and taped conversations.


All sales are final. Students can be transferred between different levels if needed, but refunds are not offered

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Intermediate 1

Teacher: Pernille Oland
Day/time: Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dates: March 29- May 24

Please note there will be no class April 5

This course focuses on Danish conversation and is open to students who have already taken Beginner 1 and Beginner 2 or have equivalent experience. In most cases the students will move forward on Intermediate 1 level before moving to the Intermediate 2 class. 

Sign up for Danish Intermediate 1

The main textbooks used is Mellem Linjerne and can be purchchased here:


Advanced /Intermediate 2

Teacher: Pernille Oland
Day/time: Wednesdays 7:40 - 9:10 pm
Dates: March 29- May 24

Please note there will be no class April 5

Advanced / Intermediate 2 is for students who have taken Intermediate 1 or have equivalent experience. Emphasis is on conversation and speaking Danish as much as possible in class. 

Sign up for Danish Intermediate 2

The main textbooks used are Pæredansk and Din Dansker, which are available to purchase through the Scandinavian School.


From time to time, the Scandinavian School also offers an advanced Danish course. In the advanced course, the spoken language will primarily be Danish and emphasis is on conversation. This is not (necessarily) a course for students almost fluent in Danish, but class is conducted primarily in Danish, and students should be able to interact with the teacher and the other students in Danish. Grammar exercises will be tailored to the most common problems in student essays.

Beginning and intermediate students will be using the text book Colloquial Danish by W. Glyn Jones and Kirsten Gade available at Amazon or through your book store (please get second edition published in 2003 or a newer version).

Private Classes

If the above schedule does not fit your calendar, or if you prefer one-on-one tutoring, we offer private lessons.

Your Teacher

Pernille Oland lived in Denmark until she moved to SF almost a decade ago. She lives with her Danish husband and their two girls. Before moving to San Francisco, Pernille worked as a certified SAP consultant in the IT department of a large real estate company. She also served as an instructor, teaching the employees how to use SAP as well as Windows XP and Office. Now she works at Innovation Center Denmark.