Danish Language Program

Learn Danish language and culture in the Pacific Northwest! NWDA offers classes in the community year-round for anyone wishing to learn how to speak, read, and write in Danish. In the classes, students also explore Denmark and discuss Danish culture.


Our classes are now held online via Zoom—anyone from near and far can join in and learn Danish with us.

Price and registration deadlines vary per course. Please check the additional course information.

Our Danish
Language Classes

For a discount on our classes, become a member of NWDA.

Beginner Danish I

Teacher: Melissa Lucas
Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:00 am (Pacific Time)
Fall term 2022: October 1st to December 10th (except November 26th)
Online format: Zoom only

More information

Registration is closed. Winter classes will be announced soon.

Danish II

Teacher: Melissa Lucas
Saturdays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Fall term 2022: September 24th to November 19th
Online format: Zoom only

More information

Registration is closed. Winter classes will be announced soon.

Intermediate: Culture and Conversation

Teacher: Jakob Bak-Thomsen

Thursdays 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Fall term 2022: September 22nd to November 17th
Online format: Zoom only

More information

Registration is closed. Winter classes will be announced soon.

What our students are saying:

I’ve been taking classes for a couple of years and my ability to speak Danish has grown immensely from taking these classes. The instructors are amazing and the content of the class is fantastic! Sign up today, you’ll be glad you did!

Peder, Danish Language Program Student, August 2021

I love the class, the people, and the teacher! Thanks for making my Saturdays better.”​

Sandra, Danish Language Program Student, Fall 2019

Our Danish Instructors

Meet our Danish teachers for Fall Term 2022!

Melissa Lucas

Danish I, Danish II, Danish III, and Book Club 1 & 2

Melissa Lucas has a unique blend of skills to help you learn Danish. Her degrees include a PhD in Scandinavian Studies, MA in Linguistics, and MS in Speech Pathology. Having initially learned Danish as an exchange student in college, Melissa is particularly aware of the pitfalls and difficulties Americans face when tackling Danish as an adult. She is well equipped to help you avoid these traps, and absolutely loves doing it! She has taught Danish to college students and community members in the Seattle area for 15 years.

Jakob Bak-Thomsen

Intermediate Class: Culture and Conversation

Jakob Bak-Thomsen has been living in Seattle since November 2021 with his family and they will be returning to Denmark sometime in 2023. He has been a high school teacher in Denmark for more than 15 years, teaching subjects like Danish, Social Science, Economy, and Politics.

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