I've lived in Denmark for 4 months now, and it has only been in the last 1-2 months that i've taken a serious approach to learning the language, I have learned a few pretty fast, and I can say "Roed groed med floede" :P (I can't do Ø because I have a British Keyboard). But my problem comes when actually trying to listen;
I can say what I want to say (not perfectly, but well enough for the recipient to understand)
I can write it, again, very well but not perfectly.
This morning I had to buy a 'tre zoner klippetkort' and 'to haandvaerker', i can easily go up to and ask for it, and all was fine up until she gave me my things, then she started to speak, I had no idea what she was saying, so I said "hvad?" - she said it again. Now at this point, there's a couple behind me in the queue and it's quite embarassing, so I just gave up and said "Do you speak English?", thankfully she was sweet enough and just smiled and said "Would you like anything else?", I said "ah okay, nej tak. Sorry i'm still learning", and she replied "Nono it's fine" and smiled, so I left.
Now unfortunately, this happens ALL THE TIME, as I said earlier I can say what I want to say, write what i want to write, well enough to get the point across - but when someone speaks to me, despite them speaking really fast, sometimes I do say "er do soed at tale langsommer", ((Can you speak slower please)In a polite way), and sometimes that helps and we reach an understanding.
I'm having a really hard time in these situations and it's quite demoralizing/frustrating, i'm not blaming the Danish public, naturally, I appreciate the way the young girl was with me. Unfortunately, I do not have the money to pay for a Danish Language Course, they cost around 6000DKK, (or £800 in British Money). Ideally I can't think of a solution to this myself but I thought i'd ask on here perhaps any ways to at least gain a bit more understanding, as everything said to me, unless spoken slowly, is just one big word of gibberish
Thanks for reading and in advance, thanks for any feedback.