Danish Makes Work Easier

One thing is to know enough Danish to cope with everyday life. However, to know enough Danish to manage a busy construction site is something completely different.

Bruno Seixas, site manager at Ommen & Møller A/S

That is why Portuguese-born Bruno Seixas, 29, this autumn has returned to Sprogcenter Midt. Twice a week he attends classes in Horsens to expand his vocabulary and to improve his written Danish.

-I expect to complete module 5 within the next year, explains Bruno, who first came to Denmark in 2010 as an exchange student

at VIA University College in Horsens. Nearly two years ago, he returned to the city in the wake of a girl friend and he immediately started to follow Danish classes at the language centre.

The girl friend is history now but Danish classes are not. Bruno Seixas, who is a civil engineer, has found a permanent job at the construction company Ommen & Møller A/S in Aarhus. As site manager, he is responsible for the daily dialogue with the workers at the site as well as with the authorities like Aarhus municipality – and then he has to take the minutes at construction meetings.

A hard two-hours meeting

Especially the last part has brought him back to the language centre.

-Nowadays, I always send the minutes to my boss for approval. It works but it is of course not satisfactory, as I want to stay in Denmark and need to get better at speaking and writing Danish. Google Translate is definitely not the best solution says Bruno, who laughs when he thinks back at his first larger meeting in his new company:

-It was a two-hour long meeting in Odense with people from Funen, Copenhagen and Aabenraa. One thing was to listen to Danish for two hours, but all those dialects — I was exhausted afterwards!

He already notices that the classes at Sprogcenter Midt help him. He is learning more and more words and phrases, but also a new rule at his work place has been helping:

-In the beginning some of my colleagues spoke English with me, however, we have now introduced the rule that everybody should speak Danish with me, and only occasionally they may use an English word, if necessary. Together with classes, this has really been an improvement says Bruno, who every week spends five hours in Danish classes – next to his fulltime job and travelling to and from Aarhus.

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