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Archive for August, 2012

Danish Vowels: O to Å Posted by on Aug 30, 2012

Yesterday’s trip through the Danish vowels continues… O    Many foreigners think this is a U, as the two sounds are really close in Danish. The basic O is just a hair’s breadth more open than the basic U: to (two, pronounced somewhere in the middle of too and ”tuh”), skole (school). When short, however, most O’s open…

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Danish Vowels: A, E, I Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

Language geeks love Danish. They’re amazed by the fact that the language is full of strange vowel sounds, and that we Danes pronounce our consonants with so much ”timidity” that the whole language sounds like a stream of vowels (our a soup, if you like 🙂 ). Yeah, if you analyze it at scientific level,…

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Højskole Highs Posted by on Aug 23, 2012

A few months ago, I met three students at Ry Højskole for a chat… Who’re you and what are you doing here at Ry Højskole? My name is Daniel and I’m a student here at Ry Højskole. I have chosen friluftsliv (outdoor life) as my main subject. We canoe and kayak a lot, and we…

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Grundtvig and the Love of Learning Posted by on Aug 21, 2012

These days, elev/er (pupil/s, student/s) all over Denmark are coming back to school life after sommerferien (the summer vacation). Sweating, with the sun shining through the classroom curtains, they’re doing their best to rehearse and learn the answers the teacher would like them to write in their final eksamen [ekSAmen]. Everyone’s competing with themselves and everyone…

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Land of Beaches Posted by on Aug 19, 2012

One of the really nice things about living in Denmark are the many strand/e (beaches). If you look at a map, you see that the country is more similar to Greece than you maybe thought: The only mainland is the slender Jylland (Jutland) peninsula, the rest of the country is a bunch of ø/er (island/s).…

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