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Danish Icebreakers Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Conversation

Ever been to a social gathering where nobody said a word? 🙂 If you travel around Denmark, you’ll certainly meet people who are less talkative than the stereotypical American. This is especially true in the countryside, where people tend to speak slower and use fewer words than, well, the Copenhageners… Sometimes breaking the ice may be just as tough as breaking the language barrier. Here are some phrases to help you through:

(Photo courtesy of the_jetboy at Flickr, CC BY 2.0 License.)

Dejligt vejr i dag, ikke? (Nice weather today, don’t you think? – Note: Danes generally love talking about the weather! 🙂 )

Hvordan har din dag været så langt? (How has your day been till now?)

Hvad er din yndlingsbog/-film/-tv-serie? (What’s your favourite book/movie/tv series?)

Hvad synes du om X Factor? (What do you think about X Factor [extremely popular Danish song contest where talented people get a chance to become tv stars]?)

Hvilken musik lytter du til? (What kind of music do you listen to?)

Hvad var den seneste film du så i biografen? (What was the last film you saw at the cinema?)

Hvad er det sjoveste du har oplevet? (What’s the most fun thing you’ve experienced?)

Hvilke tre ting ville du tage med til en øde ø? (Which three things would you bring with you to a desolate island?)

Er du et A-menneske eller et B-menneske? (Are you an A-person or a B-person?)

Tror du på reinkarnation? (Do you believe in reincarnation?)

Hvilken superevne ville du gerne have? (Which superpower would you like to have?)

Hvad ville du gøre, hvis du vandt ti millioner i lotto? (What would you do if you won ten millions in the lottery?)

Har du nogensinde set et spøgelse? (Have you ever seen a ghost?)

Hvad ærgrer dig mest? (What irritates you the most?)

Hvilken kendt person, død eller nulevende, ville du helst spise middag med? (Which famous person, dead or alive, would you prefer to eat dinner with?)

Hvis du kunne rejse i tiden, hvor ville du da rejse hen, og hvorfor? (If you could travel in time, where would you travel, and why?)

Har du planer for weekenden? (Have you got any plans for the weekend?)

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About the Author:Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.