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Archive for November, 2011

There Be Adjectives! Posted by on Nov 30, 2011

We’ve already seen how to pluralize nouns (by adding an -er, -e, -s or no ending at all, remember?) Furthermore, we’ve taken a sneak peek at the article system. Basically, that one boils down to adding en or et to any singular noun – as a lead word in front if it is to mean ’a’ or…

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O, Christmas Where Art Thou! Posted by on Nov 27, 2011

Today’s got a name in Danish: den første søndag i advent. (Yeah, you got it right: the first Sunday in Advent!) Advent, of course, is the countdown for jul (Christmas). Today many families are lighting the first out of four candles in their adventskrans (advent wreath). Over the next three Sundays the remaining lys (candles)…

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Articles Posted by on Nov 24, 2011

You already know how to make plurals of Danish nouns. Now the time has come to say hello to the Danish articles, they’re already tripping outside in the raw November weather, anxious to be let in… What’s an article? Besides the stuff journalists write, it’s a way for some languages to mark whether a noun…

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Basic Geography of Denmark Posted by on Nov 18, 2011

Denmark seen from foreign land looks but like a grain of sand famously wrote Danish poet Piet Hein (1905-1996), before admitting Denmark as we Danes conceive it is so big you won’t believe it! True enough, area-wise Danmark ranks among the world’s smaller countries, with just 43 thousand square kilometres of dry land (about 16…

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Greetings! Posted by on Nov 16, 2011

Hej Pronounced almost like its American equivalent ’hi’, hej is the universal greeting in Denmark, used between young and old, men and women. It is quite informal, though, so using it to greet the Queen probably wouldn’t be a good idea! It is often combined with little tail phrases, as in Hej, hvordan går det? ’Hi,…

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