After these lessons you will be able to:
Au pair means on equal terms. Being an au pair means that you live with a host family with children under the age og 18, on equal terms with the rest of the family. The purpose of being an au pair is to:
Increase your linguistic and vocational skills, as well as broadening your cultural horizon...by gaining knowledge and understanding of Denmark and Danish culture.
As a return payment you participate in the daily household chores, cooking, cleaning, laundry and child care. Minimum 3, maximum 5, hours a day, for maximally 6 days a week.
Sources: www.nyidanmark.dk / www.aupairnetwork.dk/dk/om/
Anna og Louise: Godmorgen Mae.
Louise: Jeg har et møde i dag, så kan du aflevere Anna i børnehaven?
Mae: Ja, skal jeg også hente hende?
Louise: Nej, jeg henter hende i dag. Men du må meget gerne vaske Annas jakke.
Louise: Skal du på sprogskolen i dag?
Mae: Ja, klokken 9.15, men jeg kan kan godt aflevere Anna først.
Louise: Fint. Kan du lide at gå på sprogskolen?
Mae Ja, jeg synes det er godt ,og jeg har mødt 2 meget søde au pairs, Rose fra Filippinerne og Adria fra Mexico
Louise: Det lyder godt.
Louise: Er du færdig med at spise Anna?
Anna: Ja. Skal vi lege Mae?
Mae: Vi kan lege, når du kommer hjem fra børnehaven. Hvis du går ind og finder dit tøj, så kommer jeg og hjælper dig.
Louise: Jeg er nødt til at gå, vi ses, hej hej.
Mae: Ja, vi ses.
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You move in with a family. You get your own room and their home becomes your home. There can be a big difference between homes in Denmark. Some are big. Some are small. Some people live in houses, some in appartments.
Here you can find some of the common words for rooms in a house that you will have to learn. Listen to how they are pronounced and practice saying them:
A home is filled with furniture. Here you can practice the words for the most common items:
You might be asked, for instance, to change the sheets in someones room:
As an au pair you will often deal with the children in the house. Here are some extra items that relate specifically to children, usually located in the bathroom:
You will most likely be asked to change and bathe the kids in the house. Listen to the questions below and practice the answer to the questions:
1) Would you be sweet and change Anna?
2) Would you be sweet and bathe Anna?
As an au pair you have to take part in the household chores, such as cleaning. In Danish "to clean" is "at gøre rent."
At gøre rent is therefore an umbrella term for everything that has to do with cleaning. You can also be more specific about what you are doing, or what you are being asked to do.
Another household chore is tidying:
If you need help tidying, you can ask, but you can also offer to help.
In order to clean, you need various tools. Practice the following list:
You may need to ask where things are, or say that you've run out of something:
You will also need different cleaning products:
You might also need to be able to ask what remedies to use when you have to clean a specific room or place:
You have been asked to clean the bathroom, but you are not sure what to use?
What do you ask?
Boys and girls are born as equals, and should have the same rights and opportunities in life. Children must be treated with respect and have a right to be cared for and comforted. Hitting children is not permitted. It was prohibited by law in 1997.
Parents have an obligation to ensure that children have a roof over their heads, are seen by a doctor if needed, go to school and receive an education, and are protected from violence and abuse.
Boys and girls have a right, and obligation, to 9 years of school in Denmark. It is the responsibility of the parents to work together with the school, to ensure that the child receives the best schooling possible.
Parents are responsible for raising the children and for ensuring a good lige.
You could be asked to help do the laundry. Practice the words below:
You may not know how the washing machine works, what program to use for washing or whether a particular item may be thrown in the washer. So, you can ask.
The nouns in red, below, can be exchanged with other items.
In order to be able to help the children with clothes, you need to know what they are called:
You can ask a child to find the necessary clothing:
If you want to help the child, or the child needs help getting dressed, you can ask:
Listen to and practice the following vocabulary:
If you want to ask a child to put on, or take-off, his or her shoes, you can say:
If you want to help the child put on his/her things, you can ask:
Danish weather changes a lot, which is why children always have a wide assortment of clothes to match it. The following items match, fall, winter and spring:
Below are clothes that are suitable for the summer period:
You have to take Anna to school. Ask her to put her shoes on:
Anna has managed to put on her shoes, but is having trouble with her laces. What do you say?
You will absolutely be asked to help with cooking and in the kitchen in general. So you need to know the relevant words in there:
You will need various utensils when you are cooking:
You also need various utensils when you are eating:
When you are done eating, you need various items for cleaning:
There are a lot of things we are good to be able to say conerning food. Listen to and practice the items below:
I am cooking in English, covers that you are making all sort of food. There is a similar term in Danish: