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Denmark at the Oscars Posted by on Feb 28, 2013

Did you watch the Oscars last Sunday? This year, many danskere were following the American movie award show with a lot of spænding (excitement). Hvorfor? (Why?) Perhaps you noticed that a Danish film had been nominated in the category ”Best Foreign Language Film”… If you’ve been following this blog, it should be no overraskelse (surprise)…

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How to hiccup like a Dane… Posted by on Feb 20, 2013

[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/danish/files/2013/02/stoed.mp3|titles=stoed] A non-Dane once left a Danish language course in Copenhagen just a wee bit frustreret (frustrated): How was he ever going to learn a language where you didn’t know whether you were crying mor! (mother!) or mord! (murder!)? However, there is a difference between the two words (and it’s not the d, which in this case is silent)! The first one is…

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Buns Up Posted by on Feb 10, 2013

It’s fastelavn [fast-eh-LAOON]! Last year I told you about this fun tradition, where children all over Denmark klæder sig ud (dress up) and pound a hanging barrel with a bat until the slik (candy) comes out. (This is called at slå katten af tønden, which roughly means ”beating the cat out of the barrel”. People say that many years ago, there used…

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