Courses

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Courses at LearnGreenlandic combine the “Greenlandic for Foreigners” learning system’s built-in self-control with the motivational power of group work plus a few “normal” classes in rather short modules. It has worked out well so that a number of learners at the moment have set off for a Greenlandic L2 beyond the first over-simplified sentences and we have seen the first few learners who actually use Greenlandic in their everyday life.

For definitions of levels see below. To partake in the module courses you must be able to attend most of the lessons and prepare for each lesson at home. An estimated work load is 40-50 hours per course.

Courses taught in English

Most of our courses are taught in Danish. However, we regularly offer courses taught in English, too.

A beginners’ course taught in English will take place in Nuuk during the spring 2019. If you wish to attend, please send an email: mail@LearnGreenlandic.com.

For courses taught in Danish, please see the Danish version of this page.

Definitions of levels

The beginners’ course covers content like “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 1.

Prerequisites: None.
Course material: “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 1.

Objectives:
(i) to be able to pronounce known and unknown Greenlandic words easily, including very long words
(ii) to be able to recognize minor sound differences that distinguish between different meanings and (though arduously) to tell where words begin and end in normal speech
(iii) to be able to handle about half of the sound changes involved whenever stems, morphemes and endings are combined, and to understand the basics of Greenlandic word formation
(iv) to perceive and produce about 1,000 words many of which are built on place name stems, since place names are always needed in the earliest stages of the learning process.

 

The slightly experienced learners’ level covers content like “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 2, lessons 1-3.

Prerequisites: You have completel level 1 or have obtained a corresponding level:
(i) You do not stumple when reading all kinds of Greenlandic aloud (say, a head line in today’s paper Inuiattut Ullorsiorneq imatut nalliussineqassaaq).
(ii) You can distinguish sound differences like annaasaq (something lost) vs. arnaasaq (womanish).
(iii) You understand why one needs the mik-ending in the sentence Qaqortumik biileqarpunga and you can perceive and produce words like Paamiormiuuvunga, and you know why the stem has changed from Paamiut to *Paamioq.

Objectives: The module will first and foremost introduce you to the rather complicated but very frequent wordforms in the participle and contemporative moods. They appear in every second Greenlandic sentence, so there is very little real language you will be able to understand without them – and therefore very limited access to natural acquisition.

Course material: “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 2.

This course will only be conducted in Danish spring 2019.

 

The more advanced learners’ level corresponds to “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 2, lessons 4-9.

Prerequisites: You understand readily that Piitap eqqaamavaa uanga *aallassallunga should have been aallassasunga and that Oqarfigivassi aqagu aallassallunga is correct. You also know how to handle phrases like Ilaat sulissanngillat and Nunap ilaani since you already understand the rather cumbersome part-of-something concept.

Course material: “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 2.

This course will only be conducted in Danish spring 2019.

 

The advanced learners’ level exceeds the level on “Greenlandic for Foreigners”.

Higher levels presuppose that “Greenlandic for Foreigners” Module 2 is seriously worked through. Under normal circumstances, this exceeds 200 focused study hours. You know how to use online tools like DAKA and oqaasileriffik.gl in your learning process, and you are no longer totally lost in a monolingual, Greenlandic setting or meeting, although you still cannot participate in a qualified manner without interpretor or the like.

Courses at this level will only be conducted in Danish spring 2019.

 

The extremely advanced learners’ level is for participants who understand almost everything in Greenlandic, but is not able to express themselves freely in Greenlandic.

In 2018, a course primarily taught in Greenlandic is offered at this level. The tuition is based on sound material, on the basis of which a conversation is set. Course material: Before each lesson, a sound file of a duration of about 1-2 minutes will be handed out.