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Archive for December, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions in Danish Posted by on Dec 31, 2012

As 2012 is slipping away, it’s time to set the record straight for 2013! 🙂 Many people are making nytårsforsætter (et nytårsforsæt in the singular), or New Year’s resolutions, about things to improve or achieve during the upcoming year. I asked some family members and friends about their nytårsforsætter: at leve sundt (to live healthy) at begynde at træne (to start…

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How To Make A Danish Christmas Star Posted by on Dec 25, 2012

What you’ll need: a saks (pair of scissors) four papirstrimler (strips of paper), about 1 cm broad and 30 cm long a string (to hang it) How to do it: 1. Fold each strip in the exact middle (so that it closes like a book). 2. Braid all four strips so that the folded ends ”lock” each…

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Be A Dane Without Being There Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

Do you remember Dansksimulatoren, the award-winning Danish-course where you are a virtual person in a virtual Denmark? I had a chat with Thomas K. Hansen from Vejle-based Vifin (Videnscenter for Integration = Knowledge Centre for Integration). Congratulations for having won the European Language Award 2012! How does it feel? It’s quite nice. I think most…

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H.C. Andersen Sensation Goes Global Posted by on Dec 15, 2012

What! Suddenly a Danish word is mentioned by media all over the world! 🙂 The word in question is Tællelyset – The Tallow Candle – the name of the supposedly first eventyr (fairytale) from the quill of H.C. Andersen, Denmark’s most famous author of all times. Now, this would certainly have been ”let’s yawn” material if it hadn’t been…

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Counting the days… Posted by on Dec 9, 2012

It’s Christmas time again! Danes of all ages are looking forward to juleaften (Christmas Eve, December 24th). Children glæder sig til at få julegaver (are looking forward to getting Christmas gifts), while a lot of adults can’t wait for the stress of the annual julehandel (Christmas shopping) to simmer down. Keeping a julekalender (Christmas calendar) is an excellent way to keep track of…

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