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Happy New Year from the Queen Posted by on Dec 31, 2016

Unlike julen (Christmas), the Danish nytårsfejring (New Year Celebration) hasn’t got a lot of traditioner. People get together, eat, drink (remember to say skååål!) and watch fyrværkeri. (Each year a small number of people get hurt by raketter – rockets.) One fixed tradition, however, is the televised nytårstale (New Year’s speech) by Queen Margrethe. Here…

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Christmas Vocabulary Posted by on Dec 24, 2016

Nu er det jul igen! (Now it’s Christmas again! – a line from a Danish Christmas song…) Few people are so crazy about jul (Christmas) as the Danes – maybe because it’s nice to have something to glæde sig til (look forward to/happily anticipate) in the dull Danish winter, where you never know if the…

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Worst Case Danish Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

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

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

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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