A Canadian in Denmark Posted by Bjørn A. Bojesen on Oct 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
Hello Jennifer! You’re from Canada, right?
Hi! Yes, that’s right. I’m from Calgary, Alberta.
Wow, that is a long way to travel! What brought a Canadian like you to Denmark?
Well, I married to a Dane, that’s why. I met him fourteen years ago. Since then we’ve been travelling a lot, but our home base, you could say, is here in Denmark. We settled down here a year and a half ago.
Where do you live?
It’s a small town called Knebel. There’s about 640 people.
Quite another thing than Calgary, I presume!
Yes, coming from a town of over a million to something about 600 is quite a change. But it’s a very quiet town and there’s a lot of families in the area, and it has many facilities. It’s very close to the national park called Mols Mountains [Mols Bjerge] – which are not really mountains, but Danes call them mountains!
Had you been to Denmark before moving here, or was it all new to you?
I knew very little about Denmark actually, before I met my husband. I think the only thing I knew about Denmark was – like many people – the Little Mermaid and H.C. Andersen. So I was pleasantly surprised! It’s a beautiful country, the landscape is nice, but I knew very little about Denmark before I came here. And many people actually confuse Denmark with Holland! They’re quite similar in topography, so many people, when they meet my husband, they’ll ask him: Do you speak Dutch?
Do you speak Danish?
Yes, I do. A little bit. I can get by with my Danish, but of course pronunciation is very difficult for foreigners.
How long time did you spend studying Danish?
In total I would say 6 months. 3 months when I met my husband, 3 months about a year and a half ago.
OK, I cheated: I actually heard you speaking Danish before. And you did it really well!
I think for people who speak English as their native language Danish is much easier to learn than for people who speak other languages. So that’s one thing. I guess also my Danish improved quite a bit after we had our son. Because then we spoke Danish at home. Otherwise my husband and I usually speak English together. So I think that’s why my Danish has also approved a lot over the past seven years!
Stay tuned for the next part of this interview with Jennifer!
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