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Cake Parties in Southern Jutland Posted by on Jan 31, 2018

Sønderjylland – the southernmost part of Jutland – is known for its sønderjysk kaffebord (Southern Jutish ”coffee table”), a cake extravaganza made in heaven. I met two women with Sønderjylland roots, Ditte and Marie, for a talk about the unique tradition. M: Back in the day when the Prussians took over Sønderjylland, the Danes used…

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Talking about food Posted by on Jan 28, 2018

Mmm, lækkert! 🙂 People everywhere in the world like to eat mad (food) and talk about it, and Danes are certainly no exception! Eating together with natives can be a great opportunity to hone your language skills, so let’s take a look at some useful things to say uden mad i munden (”without food in…

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Looking Back and Looking Forward Posted by on Dec 31, 2017

Så blev der minsandten nytår igen! (Then it really became New Year again!) Nytårsaften (New Year’s Eve) is a time for looking back at året der gik (the year that went) as well as looking forward to det nye år (the new year). Let’s look in both directions in this post. 🙂 To recall something,…

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Danes and Snow Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

Det sner! (It’s snowing!) Snow in Denmark isn’t so common as people abroad sometimes imagine. Maybe because of klimaforandringer (climate changes), Danes go through weeks and weeks of gray winter rain, and then – bang! The miracle occurs, covering marker (fields), skove (forests), haver (gardens) and tage (roofs) with a beautiful hvidt tæppe (white carpet). Still,…

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Danish Homonyms Posted by on Nov 30, 2017

Good Knight! What would ordspil (puns) be without homonyms – words that sound the same, yet have quite different meanings? Og så var der den om… harpespilleren der var streng. (And then there was the story about… the harpist who was strict/a string!) Here’s a list of some danske homonymer. You never know when you’ll…

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