/This is Option 1 out of 5 in response to “Challenge of the Week: 5 Options to consider when thinking about integration into a foreign country”/
Language is a prerequisite
Getting to know the language and the culture is a prerequisite to integrate. It’s never too late to start. And those days it’s actually quite easy. You can sign up for a live course, Skype classes, download audiobooks, podcasts, videos. You can even find a mentor or do language exchange.
If that’s so easy, why haven’t you done it so far? Especially that you yourself know: “If there is will there is a way.”
Maybe you simply haven’t until now considered staying where you are, and it’s only now that you’ve realized that it indeed is a good choice for you. If so… just do it. Sign up for that course, start watching TV, reading books, get a mentor or a Danish friend/ colleague and go ahead. You are living in the country so you get the opportunity to practice the language in real life (if only you invest your will and some time and effort :-)).
If it’s the procrastination that has been your show stopper, you may want to have a look at our previous challenge.
If you are still not 100% sure that you will stay in the country for good and you lack motivation to start learning the language, you can read about the benefits of learning languages (there are way more than 5 benefits). It’s actually an amazing asset- Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism)
As for getting to understand the culture, there are also endless possibilities: reading books, watching movies, visiting museums, traveling the country. And as culture & language are inseparable when it comes to integration, you need to invest time in both.