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Archive for October, 2012

What time is it? Posted by on Oct 28, 2012

I dag [ee da-y] (today) Denmark went from sommertid (summer time) to vintertid. 12 o’clock became 11 o’clock, as every ur (watch) had to be adjusted by one hour. But in what direction? To solve this eternal problem, the Danes have a saying: In spring, you put your havemøbler (garden furniture) frem (forward, out in…

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Season of Fruits and Colours Posted by on Oct 27, 2012

The word efterår (autumn/fall) may sound a bit sad or melankolsk in Danish, as the name of the season following sommer and preceding vinter literally means ”after-year”. (On a more optimistic note, spring is forår, ’fore-year’.) But don’t let the language fool you – in spite of less dagslys [DOWslees] (daylight) and falling temperatures, autumn…

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Kongefamilien Posted by on Oct 22, 2012

Having looked at the Danish words for various family members, the time has now come to lære at kende (get acquainted with) the Danish royal family. You’ve already said hello to the familieoverhoved (head of family, literally ’family over-head’!): Dronning Margrethe den anden (Queen Margareth the second), our friendly and kunstnerisk (artistic) queen since 1972…

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Familien Posted by on Oct 20, 2012

What would we be without a familie (family)? Even though an increasing number of Danes choose to live alene (alone), most people live together with at least one of their familiemedlem/mer (family member/s). Let’s take a look at the relevant words: mor mother (remember the sound of the Danish R? Small children cry ”mo-a!”) far…

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Danish Numbers 1 – 20 Posted by on Oct 19, 2012

photo by See-Ming Lee via flickr

We’ve created this simple table of Danish numbers from one to twenty for our readers who are new to learning Danish.  You can also hear native speaker pronunciation in the companion video below. Try listening to the video a few times, and also practice speaking the words aloud yourself; it can be the hardest part…

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Ulv, ulv! Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

To many people, Denmark outside of Copenhagen is either a pretty blomsterhave (flower garden) or a boring motorvej (motorway, freeway) that unnecessarily prolongs the drive between Central Europe and the attractive wilderness of Norway and Sweden. Too bad that these people don’t know that there are some pretty wild things going on in Denmark too!…

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Getting Around in Copenhagen Posted by on Oct 17, 2012

Denmark’s capital København [KUR-bn-how-n] is enjoying a renaissance as a European hotspot for travellers who’ve ”got it”. The city has become a kind of ”mini-Berlin” – a colourful place full of street art, alternative modebutikker (fashion shops), cafés and museums. Unfortunately, Copenhagen is (still) a lot more dyr (expensive) than Berlin… Det er nemt at…

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