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Archive for September, 2012

The Old Town Posted by on Sep 30, 2012

Yesterday I told you about Den Gamle By (The Old Town), an open air museum in Århus built to look like a town of the past. Or is it really a museum? Yesterday’s interview with Agnete, a kitchen maid living in the year 1864, continues below… Do you ever get permission to leave? We work almost…

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Den Gamle By Posted by on Sep 29, 2012

In the midst of Århus a rare gem awaits the watchful tourist: Den Gamle By (The Old Town), an open air museum consisting of an entire Danish købstad (market town) as it surely must have been a century or two ago. It is, literally, a town within the town. Here the inhabitants live in bindingsværkshus/e…

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Learning Danish With Sarah Lund Posted by on Sep 28, 2012

A number of people in countries like England and Germany seem to have got an interest in Denmark and the Danish language because of the tv serial Forbrydelsen, or The Killing, as it’s called in the UK… As someone who loves Danish, all I can say is: fedt! (slang for ’nice’ or ’great’, it actually…

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The Killing – Forbrydelsen Is Back Posted by on Sep 24, 2012

Et lig [lee-y or lee’] (a dead person, a corpse) is found at the harbour in a misty, almost ghostly city that bears a more than faint resemblance to Copenhagen… In the next instant, politikvinden (the female police officer) Sarah Lund is on the spot with her young, male assistant. Sarah’s determined to decipher yet…

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Diphthongs on the Go Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

There are two main groups of Danish diphthongs: Diphthongs ending in an i (ee) sound. Diphthongs ending in an u (oo) sound. Some diphthongs can be written in different ways. Spellings aside, the main diphthongs are as follow: I (ee) diphthongs AJ. Rhymes with English I. It is spelt aj in haj (shark), maj (May). It…

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