Sektion: Introduction
Welcome to WorkSim
Welcome to WorkSim

Welcome to WorkSim

WorkSim is a project name and covers  a series of job-specific teaching and inspiration modules, primarily intended for foreigners who are either coming to Denmark to work in the specific sector, or are already here.

They can also serve as an appetizer, in case you are curious as to what a specific job might contain. We give you the opportunity to both explore the language and a 3D environment where you have to complete certain tasks in the profession.

The modules are not meant to be exhaustive in their content, but are intended as quick-study assistants, to get you started on learning Danish. Both at a general level, but also in relation to the more specific language you need in your job.

Worksim targets oral language! It is not too concerned with teaching you to read or write.


The Hunt for Harald
The Hunt for Harald

Worksim is based on The Hunt for Harald, an immersive language and culture learning game for learning more general Danish. You can read more about The Hunt for Harald here:


Technical setup
Technical setup

Worksim uses speech recognition so that you can talk to the system and have your speech evaluated. Whether you are using a PC or a tablet, it is absolutely best if you have a headset that you can use.

Quiet surroundings are required for the speech recognizer to work best. So, you can't listen to music or have the TV running in the background. Not if you want the best effect.

Video Tutorial
Video Tutorial

A quick video intro to how the speech recognizer and the navigation works.

Lesson Introduction
Lesson Introduction

The purpose of this lesson is to give you a brief introduction to Denmark and Danish culture, as well as initial greetings. Therefore, when you are donw with this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Say how many people live in DK
  • What is the Danish capital
  • Greet and Introduce yourself to strangers
  • Say how Danish people greet each other non-verbally

Welcome to Denmark
Welcome to Denmark

Welcome to Denmark

Denmark is a fairly small country, consisting of Jutland, the large peninsula, and 406 other islands. The main ones are Zealand (sjælland) and Funen (Fyn). Approximately 6 million people live here. Copenhagen (København) is the capital, Aarhus is the next largest city and then Odense at number 3. 

Rule & law
Rule & law

Denmark is a constitutional monarchy, currently reigned by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. She is married to Prince Henrik, who is from France. The Crown Prince, Frederik, is mostly known as the action Prince. He is a trained elite soldier, and known to participate in a variety of extreme sports, iron man, cross country skiing, etc. He is married to Princess Mary, originally from Australia.

Prince Joakim, known for his love of racing older cars, is married to Princess Marie, originally from France. 

Greetings: men and women
Greetings: men and women

Danes usually shake hands when they meet. Especially if meeting for the first time. This is the most formal, though still a fairly relaxed way of greeting. 

The only more formal greeting in Denmark is if you meet the royal family, where it is customary for men to make a slight bow and for women to curtsy.

Men and women that know each other well, might give each other a hug when they meet, or do a cheek to cheek greeting. 


Danes don't distinguish between greeting a man or a woman. Neither is there a distinction when greeting younger or older people, children or the like. Social status is not considered either. 

Presenting yourself
Presenting yourself

When you meet people, you should be able to present yourself, including your name, where you are from and perhaps what you do, and who you work for.

Practice introducing yourself here.

Jeg hedder name
My name is ... name
Jeg arbejder som...job
I works as a job
Jeg kommer fra....country
I come from...country
Jeg arbejder for...company / or people
I work for...company / or people

Danes have a generic greeting as well as a greeting appropriate for the specific time of day.

Hej is the most normal, informal, way of greeting somebody. You can use it universally.

Goddag is the most normal, more formal, way of greeting. Most often you shake hands at the same time, and say your name. "Goddag, Birthe."

Godmorgen is time specific, and used in the morning.

Godaften is also time specific and used in the evening.
Godnat is used in the sense, "I am now leaving to go to bed."

Good day
Good evening
Good morning
Good night
Saying goodbye
Saying goodbye
Det var hyggeligt at møde dig
It was nice to meet you

When we say goodbye: The most formal way of saying goodbye is farvel. Otherwise, Danes typically say hej, hej or vi ses (see you).

On Fridays we usually wish each other god weekend,

Similar to when you greet people, you can wave, shake hands, or give people a hug, when you say goodbye.

If you are meeting a person for the first time, it is polite to say det var hyggeligt at møde dig (it was nice to meet you). If you are picking up a child from daycare, it is polite to say tak for i dag (thank you for today), before you leave.

vi ses
See you
Tak for i dag
Thanks for today
Exercise 1
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 2

Drag the correct answer from the left, onto the square on the right.

When you politely shake hands you say
In the morning you say
When you go to bed you say
When you meet somebody on the street you say
Exercise 3
Exercise 3

Introduce yourself. Say that your name is Elizabeth or Thomas:

Say you are from Mexico:

Say you work for the municipality (DK: kommunen)

Exercise 4
Exercise 4

What do you say, at the same time as you shake hands, or give him a hug?

Exercise 5
Exercise 5

You have finished your conversation, and you are about to leave. What do you say?

It was a nice conversation, and this is the first time you meet. What do you say?

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Chapter completed

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