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Archive for April, 2012

Cakes in the Making Posted by on Apr 30, 2012

This is a continuation of yesterday’s interview with the baker Lars. Do you know all your recipes by heart? Yes, in my section I do. There are two sections here at the bakery: one for rugbrød (rye bread) and wienerbrød (Danish pastry) and everything with gær (yeast), and another one for cakes. I’m at the yeast…

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A Visit to the Baker Posted by on Apr 29, 2012

To many people, there’s nothing quite as Danish as a baker’s store, with its rugbrød (rye bread) and rundstykke/r (roll/s) and loads of delicious cakes… One early morning, I took a trip to my local bakery where I met the baker Lars. How long have you been working as a baker? I was apprenticed at…

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Sounds R Us Posted by on Apr 15, 2012

There are basicaly two ways of pronouncing the letter R in Danish: as a consonant and as a vowel. As a sound you can’t sing and as one you can make part of a melody… If that sounds strange, just think about British English: In words like random and princess, where R introduces a vowel…

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Who Made Holes In My Letter? Posted by on Apr 10, 2012

While Easter is celebrated in many countries throughout verden (the world), there is one Easter tradition which only exists in Denmark: the sending of gækkebreve. Brev is ’letter’ (snail mail). If you lived in the 19th century and felt like asking if that bell-ringing jester in front of your table were pulling your leg or…

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Danish Easter Posted by on Apr 7, 2012

Påsken (the Easter) is one of the most important holidays in Denmark. Originally linked to Christianity, for most modern Danes it has become a welcome break from work and a chance to spend some time together with your familie. Påske is symbolized by the colour gul, and most people associate it with påskeæg (Easter eggs)…

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The Secret of Danish Pronunciation Revealed Posted by on Apr 1, 2012

For many foreigners trying to learn Danish, the natives’ pronunciation is a tough nut to crack. How on earth do they do it? I met Henrik Jørgensen, lecturer and researcher at the Scandinavian Department at Aarhus University. Mr. Jørgensen, you and your colleagues are rumoured to be on the scent of a brand new theory…

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