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

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 learning Danish:

http://sproget.dk. This is the online dictionary of Danish. It’s backed by the Government and the Danish Language Council, among others, so the contents are top-notch. The homepage lets you look up words in several dictionaries at the same time. It’s a great tool to check spellings – but be aware that it’s all in Danish…

http://translate.google.com. I guess you already know this one… The Danish-English-Danish engine has improved a lot recently, and gives some excellent translations. However, it still translates ”Hvor meget koster gulerødderne?” (How much do the carrots cost?) as ’How much does the carrots’ – so use with caution…

http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html. Acapela is a company that makes text-to-speech engines… You type something, and the Acapela robot pronounces it for you! You have to pick a Danish voice in the list – Mette (female) or Rasmus (male). The quality of the pronunciation surprises me every time I try it. Definitely a place to go if you feel lost in the jungle of Danish sounds…

http://www.dr.dk/ligetil. The Danish national broadcasting corporation, DR (Danmarks Radio), has made this online newspaper. Ligetil  means easy, accessible. The site consists of short articles written entirely in ”Basic Danish”. A good place to start reading the language.

I know a lot of you would like to watch Danish tv, but unfortunately DR has blocked its online tv from computers not in Denmark… If you’re here, though, you should take a look at http://www.dr.dk/nu/live#/DR1.

Do you know any Danish-learning resources not mentioned in the list? Feel free to share with other learners in the comments section!

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About the Author:Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


Comments:

  1. Evanna:

    Great links! I am an Irish girl learning Danish and http://www.dr.dk/ligetil is exactly the sort of site I was looking for! Tak 🙂

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Evanna I’m glad to hear, Evanna!
      Held og lykke! 🙂

  2. Alisa Hellemose Hansen:

    Thanks for the links! It will be good to have other sources besides my Danish teachers.