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Worst Case Danish Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

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Danmark er som regel et trygt land at være i. (As a rule, Denmark is a safe country to be in.) Here are a few expressions to use when everything goes wrong… – Hjælp, jeg er faret vild! (Help me, I’ve lost my way!) – Ved du hvor den nærmeste købmand/tankstation /det nærmeste sygehus er…

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100 Basic Words in Danish Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

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Sometimes linguists come up with stuff that’s really useful for language learners. Even if science is not your thing, I hope you’ll like the Swadesh list as much as I do. 🙂 It’s a list of 100 ”core ideas” that speakers of most languages can express – just simple things like ”sun” or ”foot”. (This…

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False Friends in Danish Posted by on Oct 31, 2016

There’s nothing wrong with this sign… (Photo courtesy of Banalities at Flickr, CC License.)

I always tell English-speakers that Danish is easy – except the pronunciation. Both English and Danish are Germanic languages, and with Nordsøen as the only natural barrier between England and Denmark, the two languages are much closer to each other than you’d think. Recently, Danish has also ”swallowed” a lot of English words, making the linguistic…

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Danish Is A Zoo! Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

A fadbamse and some food. (Photo courtesy of Benno Hansen at Flickr, CC License.)

Isn’t it fun that @ is called elephant’s trunk A (snabel-a) in Danish? 🙂 While I’m sure that other languages use animal expressions too, I love the way dyr (animals) keep popping up in dansk: If something costs en hund (a dog), you’ll have to betale (pay) et hundrede kroner (100 Kroner). Did you get…

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Basic Shapes in Danish Posted by on Sep 30, 2016

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You’ve got the colours, and now you need formerne (the shapes). 🙂 You can certainly guess what cirkel [SEERkl] means. 🙂 Streg [sdry] is a common word for linje [LINyeh] (line). When you’re drawing shapes, it’s hard to avoid streger. Some of them get together to make a vinkel (angle). In the Danish flag, two…

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