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Archive for February, 2012

Swearing in Danish Posted by on Feb 23, 2012

Once upon a time there were three travellers: a Swede, a Norwegian and a Dane. Having walked for days, they arrived at a magical swimming pool. There was no water in it, but the owner of the pool told them to state a wish when they jumped from the springboard. They would then splash right…

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Now Give That Cat a Blow! Posted by on Feb 19, 2012

”Fastelavn er mit navn, boller vil jeg have, hvis jeg ingen boller får, så laver jeg ballade.” Shrovetide is my name, buns I want to have, if I don’t get any buns, I’ll kick up a row. So goes the first verse of a song sung by children all over Denmark today. (Or a…

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Danish in the World Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

If people had been blogging in the year 900 AD, you might very well have been reading this on gennemsigtig.kom/dansk (gennemsigtig is the Danish word for ’transparent’, from gennem ’through’ + sigt ’view’ + –ig ’-y’). The Vikings ruled the waves, and most of eastern England was a Danish colony. Admitted, the Danish spoken in…

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Snowman Frost + Miss Thaw Posted by on Feb 14, 2012

In my experience, one of the best ways to appropriate the basics of a foreign language, is to read a lot of poetry and children’s literature. The two blend nicely in ”Snemand Frost” (Snowman Frost), a poem by beloved poet Halfdan Rasmussen (1915-2002). With this simple – albeit tragic! – love story I would like…

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Getting the Jigsaw Right Posted by on Feb 11, 2012

This is by no means our first trip into the jungle of Danish nouns, articles and adjectives, and I can’t guarantee it will be the last! 😉 The rules are simple, and no one bites you if you make a mistake. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the time to get your Danish grammar…

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