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When learning languages, it’s a really good idea to SING! If the melody is really nice, the words will just etch themselves into your brain! 🙂 Forget about rules of grammar, forget about rules of pronunciation, just take it easy and sing along!
Here are two danske julesange (Danish Christmas songs or carols) for you two sing along. Generally, Danes love to sing, and on juleaften (Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th) many families even dance around juletræet while singing songs like these!
A note about religion: Jul is a kristen højtid (Christian feast) in Denmark, celebrating the birth of Jesus. But it is also an old Viking feast, celebrating the birth of the Light. So, even Danes who are not very Christian (usually!) take part in julen, decorating their homes with nisser etc. Since Transparent Language is not about preaching, I’ve included one Christian Xmas song and one not-so-Christian one. 🙂
|Dejlig er jorden||Lovely is the earth|
|Dejlig er jorden,
prægtig er Guds himmel,
skøn er sjælenes pilgrimsgang!
Gennem de fagre
riger på jorden
gå vi til paradis med sang!
Tider skal komme,
Englene sang den
|Lovely is the earth,
magnificent is God’s Heaven,
beautiful is the pilgrimage of the souls!
Throughout the fair
realms on the earth
we go to Paradise with song!
Times will come,
The angels sang it
|På loftet sidder nissen med sin julegrød||In the loft the Nisse is siting with his Christmas porridge|
|På loftet sidder nissen med sin julegrød,
sin julegrød, så god og sød,
han nikker, og han spiser, og han er så glad
for julegrød er hans bedste mad.
Men rundt omkring står alle de små rotter,
og de skotter, og de skotter:
“Vi vil så gerne ha’ lidt julegodter,”
og de danser, danser rundt i ring.
Men nissefar han truer med sin store ske:
Men nissefar han er en lille hidsigprop,
|In the loft the Nisse is siting with his Christmas porridge,
his Christmas porridge, so good and sweet,
he’s nodding, and he’s eating, and he is so happy
since Christmas porridge is his best food.
But all around the small rats are standing,
and they’re glancing, and they’re glancing:
”We really want to have som Christmas candy,”
and they’re dancing, dancing in a round.
But Nisse Dad he’s threatening with his big spoon:
But Nisse Dad he is a little angry chap,