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Silent Letters in Danish Posted by on Jul 31, 2018

Ever thought about all the letters we don’t say out loud – like the h in ’hour’? Just like English, Danish is notorious for its strange relationship between pronunciation and spelling, including a bunch of stumme bogstaver (silent letters, literally ”mute letters”). Hvem, hvad, hvor og hvornår? (Who, what, where and when?) The H of…

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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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Happy Summer in Denmark Posted by on Jun 30, 2018

Jubi, der er sommer! (Hooray, it’s summer!) For most danskere (Danes), that means ferie (vacation). Fortunately, in a hyggelig country like Danmark, there’s always a lot to do – especially when solen skinner (the sun is shining)! 🙂 Kan du li’ at bade? (Do you like bathing?) Find badetøjet frem (find your bathing clothes) and…

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Animal Talk Posted by on Jun 24, 2018

Hunden er menneskets bedste ven (the dog is man’s best friend), the saying goes. Some would disagree and pick katten (the cat), or maybe even skildpadden (the turtle), guldfisken (the gold fish) or kanariefuglen (the canary), if you’re that kind of person! Either way, dyr (animals) are fascinating – and you need words to discuss…

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Most Danish Words Posted by on May 31, 2018

Which words or phrases are the ”most Danish”? Of course, such a spørgsmål (question) is very hard to answer… Besides, there are so many to pick! Below are my (current) candidates for the prize – do you (dis)agree? øl [url] (beer). Of course, not every Dane drinks beer… But in the home country of the…

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Trees of Denmark Posted by on May 16, 2018

Bøgen er sprunget ud! (The beech has come into leaf!) It’s always a great begivenhed (happening) when Denmark’s national tree gets its first blade (leaves) after the long, leafless vinter season. Skove (forests) all across the realm turn breathtakingly lysegrøn (light green), hvide anemoner (white anemones) bloom between the rødder (roots – rod in the…

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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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