Danish Language Classes

We are now in Spring Session. 

Advanced: Wednesdays, April 11 – May 9. This class is mostly in Danish, and the content is adjusted to the needs and wishes of the students.

Beginners, intermediates: Thursdays, April 12 – May 10. The intermediate class is meeting in the Danish House room. The beginners class is meeting in the library upstairs.

All classes start at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm at the Scandinavian Centre.

Please register by e-mail indicating your level to Annette Lauridsen: annette.h.lauridsen@nullgmail.com

Fall session will start again Sept. 18th, 19th, and 20th. 

You may register for fall session by emailing me in early September.




Here is a little information about teachers:

Teens/Intermediate Class Danish Teacher Mai Rosthof

Mai has a Master’s degree in Media and Film Arts and a bachelor in Danish (Language & Literature) from Copenhagen University 2013. Before coming to Vancouver she was working for LEGO as marketing associate launching elementary and preschool products for LEGO Education. Mai wishes to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere in her classroom, where everyone can grow their language skills together and perhaps also get to know the culture of the small country a little better. Mai grew up in Vejle, Denmark. She came to Vancouver December 2016 with her boyfriend Villads and Bowie the Labrador. This is her first time in Canada, and she thinks Vancouver is incredible. She is looking forward to explore the surrounding nature even more and so is her dog.

Beginners Class Teacher Nanna Leegaard Kruse

Nanna moved to Vancouver from Denmark in September 2017. She has a Master’s degree in Human Physiology and a bachelor in Biology from the University of Copenhagen 2014. For the past five years, Nanna has been working at a Danish High School, teaching students (age 16-20 years) in Physical Education and Biology. Nanna is a very enthusiastic and passionate person who has a keen interest in providing students with the best conditions for establishing a growing learning environment. She is very excited to be teaching Danish lessons and talk about Danish traditions and culture.

Intermediate Class Danish Teacher Mr. Kim Sandvad West

Kim has a Master’s degree in Scandinavian Languages and literature from Aarhus University 2010. He now teaches Danish and Scandinavian studies at UBC. Before coming to Vancouver in 2017, he was teaching Danish and Scandinavian studies at the University of Vaasa in Finland and does therefore speak a little Finnish, Swedish and Faroese as well. He grew up in a small village close to Horsens, Denmark, where he spent most of his time in the forest, in the kitchen or on his grandparents’ farm. He came to Vancouver in August 2017 and is excited about the wild nature and the friendly and welcoming people of Canada. In class, Kim is focused on creating a relaxed atmosphere where everyone gets to participate and everyone can develop in their own pace.

Beginners Class Teacher Morten Hjort

Morten is a young actor/comedian who moved to Vancouver in December 2017.  He has used his education to teach children English, PE, Physics, and Biology. He finished high school (Gymnasium STX) in 2014, and has, since then moved around in Denmark taking courses in SFX makeup (Special Effects Makeup) and business. This included a trip to Spain with Service and Co. Tourist guide school. Morten has done LARP (Live Action Role Playing) for almost 15 years. He has been a boy scout for 18 years. He has played basketball and been a basketball coach for 9 years.  He is a former soldier in the Danish National Guard where he has served for five and a half years as a private, specialised as a medic and protection of military installations and equipment. Since Morten moved to Vancouver he has been travelling around doing Comedy and Improv acting and comedy. Morten loves a good laugh, and, yes, you can bet that he will probably crack a joke or two during class when you least expect it.

Advanced/Intermediate Class Danish Teacher Elisabeth Carstensen


Elisabeth has been teaching Danish at the Scandinavian center since 2015. She has lived in Skanderborg until 2014 when she and her husband moved to Vancouver. She looks forward to meeting you in the advanced Danish class. She has a Master’s degree in logistics and supply chain management from Århus university. She lives with her husband and baby, and both of them love Vancouver. Elisabeth was born in Woodland, California but she grew up in Alken in Jylland, Danmark. She enjoys the cultural aspect of Vancouver and she also likes to snowboard. She looks forward to sharing more about Danish culture. Elisabeth is looking forward to meeting you all and spending 10 Wednesdays together with you.

To reg­is­ter or inquire: Please contact Annette Lauridsen: annette.h.lauridsen@nullgmail.com

Pay by cheque made out to Danish House Society at the first class.

Best regards, Annette Lauridsen, Danish Language Co-ordinator Danish House Society, Scandinavian Centre

New Teach­ers Needed

Our teachers are one of the most valuable resources that we have, and we are always keeping an eye open for new people to join our team. If you know of new people that are coming into town, might be planning to come here or already live here and have an interest in teaching please ask them to get in touch with us. Teaching at the Danish School is a great way to keep teaching activities on your resume, get to know fellow Danes in the area, learn about bilingualism, subsidize your income and have fun.

We offer lessons three times a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), each lesson consisting of two hours plus prep work. Excellent verbal and written proficiency in the Danish language is a requirement.

Please do not contact the Scandinavian Centre Office.