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Archive for May, 2012

The King, the Queen and the Doctor Posted by on May 30, 2012

What do you do when the king supposed to rule the country has gone mad? That question was haunting the court of Christian the 7th. The young king was obsessed by childish fears and lunacies, and displayed anything but a leader’s cool sense of judgement – to the great embarrasment of princess Caroline Mathilde, who…

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The Gs that Be Posted by on May 26, 2012

If the Danish R’s confused you, you’d better stop reading right now! The letter G is basically pronounced in three different ways: • As the hard G of English girl. This is the ordinary sound of G when it comes in front of a syllable, a T or another G. (If you’re not quite sure…

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Let’s Grill! Posted by on May 20, 2012

Parallel to the sweet strawberry season runs the hot grill season. Real men need kød (meat) – or so the joke goes. (Of course, there are plenty of vegetarer in Denmark too!) Nonetheless, firing up the grill has become something of an annual intelligence test for many family fathers… For thousands of years, Danes have…

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Soft D’s Are Not Hard Posted by on May 11, 2012

If there was a Miss Denmark contest for sounds of speech, the soft D (blødt D) would run off with the gold medal. Danes love asking foreigners to pronounce the phrase rødgrød med fløde (which, as you may remember, means ”red fruit pudding with cream”). That’s four of the difficult ladies, lined up with exotic…

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New Look + Some Handy Links Posted by on May 3, 2012

As you’ve probably noticed, Transparent is getting a facelift. All the blogs have been moved from http://www.transparent.com/YourLanguange to http://blogs.transparent.com/YourLanguage. The blogs’ design is being changed too. Don’t worry – everything is going to be just as nice and functional as before, if not better! While we’re at it, here are some useful online resources for…

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