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Two Ways of Giving Posted by on Dec 17, 2020

Julen er gavernes tid. (Christmas is the time of gifts.) While many of us are still pondering to whom to give what, let’s look at the Danish grammar of giving. The Danish verb at give [at gheew’] is historically related to the English to give. Fortunately, it works in similar ways. Jeg ved ikke hvem…

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If We Talk Posted by on Aug 31, 2020

If you ever tried coding, you may have come across ”if-then-else” (if X happens then Y should happen, else Z should happen). If you haven’t, no worries – you can probably get along for a long while without any if-clauses… But if I were you, I’d still take a look at the little word in…

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Easily Made Adverbs Posted by on Feb 29, 2020

Quick learners will quickly learn: Just as adjectives describe nouns (slow + learner) adverbs describe verbs (slowly + learn). In English, most adverbs take the ending -ly. In Danish, it’s also relatively easy. (All right, as those word just showed, an adverb can also describe an adjective: relatively + hard…) 🙂 The rule of thumb…

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All has been perfect Posted by on Dec 30, 2019

Har du fået nogle fine julegaver? (Have you got some nice Xmas presents?) With the festive days fresh in mind, the time has come to look at the perfect tense. Have you ever thought about the perfect tense? It’s used to talk about a span of time that includes both the present moment and the…

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Nothing and everything Posted by on Aug 24, 2018

Sometimes *everything* seems chaotic, and *nothing* makes sense. Fortunately, the language we speak provides us with words to communicate these extremes. Let’s look at the Danish all-inclusive menu of nothingness… In order to ”remove” things when speaking Danish, ingen (no one) and ikke (not) are your best tools. Combine ikke with noget (anything) or nogen…

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Feeling Bored in Danish Posted by on Jul 21, 2018

Ej hvor kedeligt! (How boring!) Late summer is a time when some people start feeling bored – kids are tired of their parents dragging them through verden (the world) on a jet-set sommerferie (summer holiday) and just want to go hjem [yem] (home), while the adults probably have started longing for their quiet kontor [konTOHR]…

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Hello Interjections! Posted by on Apr 30, 2018

Ouch! Hitting your finger with a hammer hurts, and the interjection ouch helps you let out a bit of the pain and frustration. Yes! and um… are also interjections, small words that we use to express a feeling. They’re like their own miniature sentences, loaded with meaning. (The meaning of Yes! could be ”I’m so…

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