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Danish Cabin Fever Posted by on Apr 30, 2020

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Hvordan går det? (How are you doing?) A lot of people in Denmark are currently suffering from coronakuller, the Danish equivalent of cabin fever! Of course, this is caused by the worldwide pandemic, which makes people stay hjemme [yemmeh]. Let’s get our heads out of that cabin! 🙂 Truth be told, Danes are notorious homebodies…

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Staying Curious in Times of Need Posted by on Mar 18, 2020

Det er en svær tid for mange mennesker. (It’s a hard time for many people.) Men livet må gå videre! (But life must go on!) Måske kan du bruge noget af ventetiden på at lære dansk? (Maybe you can spend some of the waiting time on learning Danish?) Here’s some core vocabulary and a bit…

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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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Going out in Denmark Posted by on Jan 31, 2020

How do Danes survive the dark season? For many, the answer lies in good company and saying cheers across a table full of beers and drinks. For a Nordic country, Denmark has a vibrant natteliv (night life), with many places you can gå i byen (go out, literally ”go into town”). Even the smallest Danish…

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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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Green Denmark Posted by on Nov 29, 2019

I dag strømmer folk til butikkerne for at købe billige varer. (Today, people are flocking to the shops to buy cheap goods.) It’s Black Friday – a tradition recently imported from the US. Yet, despite all the shopping, miljøet (the environment) is a hot topic in Denmark, and Danish people are making efforts to live…

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Picking the Right Twin Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

Much to the frustration of new language learners, words can rarely be translated directly between two languages. Shades of meaning vary, and when you look in an ordbog [orbow] (dictionary), you just might get lost in lists of alternatives… Sometimes, a Danish word has several English translations. Other times, it’s the other way around. YES…

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