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A visit to an island brewer Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

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All across Denmark bryggere (brewers) are busy catering to the Danes’ notorious love of øl (beer). I went to the small Samsø Bryghus to talk to one of them. Who’re you and where are we? Jeg hedder Stinne. Vi er på Samsø. Jeg er 52 år, gift og har fem børn. (I’m Stinne. We’re on…

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Is a danish actually Danish? Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

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When English-speakers hear the word ”Danish” they often think about … kager (cakes)! I always found that hilarious, because in Danish, a Danish pastry is called … wienerbrød [VEEnorbroth] – bread from Vienna, the capital of Austria! So, is the English-speaking world wrong? En københavnsk bager havde været i Wien (a Copenhagen baker had been…

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Colour your tongue! Posted by on May 28, 2016

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Can you imagine a day without farver (colours)? It’s no wonder that many language courses are quick to introduce a few colours. Here are the basic ones in Danish – can you guess the meaning of the words? 1 rød 2 blå 3 gul 4 grøn 5 brun 6 orange [oRANGSHeh] 7 lilla 8 sort…

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Oops! The Danish Irony Posted by on May 19, 2016

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”Det var bare mega fedt!” (It was just mega nice!) The guy telling this to his friend had lost his bilnøgler (car keys), topping a rather awful day where everything just went wrong. Fortunately, his friend was a Dane accustomed to ironi [eeronEEh] (irony). She understood that losing the keys hadn’t been a nice experience…

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Denmark in Tokyo Posted by on May 1, 2016

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Coming from et lille land (a small country), many Danes worry what foreigners – especially Americans – think about them. Whenever the tennis player Caroline Wozniacki or another Danish kendis [KENN-diss] (famous person) gets ”big in the U.S.A.”, Danish journalister [shoor-] (journalists) seem to get really busy. 🙂 But some Danes get, as the saying…

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