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Looking Back and Looking Forward Posted by on Dec 31, 2017

Så blev der minsandten nytår igen! (Then it really became New Year again!) Nytårsaften (New Year’s Eve) is a time for looking back at året der gik (the year that went) as well as looking forward to det nye år (the new year). Let’s look in both directions in this post. 🙂 To recall something,…

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Danes and Snow Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

Det sner! (It’s snowing!) Snow in Denmark isn’t so common as people abroad sometimes imagine. Maybe because of klimaforandringer (climate changes), Danes go through weeks and weeks of gray winter rain, and then – bang! The miracle occurs, covering marker (fields), skove (forests), haver (gardens) and tage (roofs) with a beautiful hvidt tæppe (white carpet). Still,…

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Danish Homonyms Posted by on Nov 30, 2017

Good Knight! What would ordspil (puns) be without homonyms – words that sound the same, yet have quite different meanings? Og så var der den om… harpespilleren der var streng. (And then there was the story about… the harpist who was strict/a string!) Here’s a list of some danske homonymer. You never know when you’ll…

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Danish Candy Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

Er du en slikmund? (Do you have a sweet tooth?) In Denmark, the nearest slikbutik (candy shop) is never far away. In supermarkedet, købmanden, kiosken, biografen (the supermarket, the grocer’s shop, the kiosk, the cinema) – everywhere folk (people) happily buy slik (candy, sweets) to bring along or enjoy at the movies. Whether you’re fighting…

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Happy Anniversaries and Stuff Posted by on Oct 31, 2017

Life is full of anledninger (opportunities, occasions) to fejre (celebrate) – and also sometimes to sørge [serw-eh] (mourn). Here’s a small guide to help you choose some kind words for your Danish friends’ great life events. Let’s start with the sad part: When somebody has lost a loved one, a decent way of showing your…

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