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King Carrot and other Danish Weirdos Posted by on Jul 31, 2020

Danish has two aspects that makes it particularly hard for learners: 1. The sounds, which Danish (!) poet Benny Andersen compared to havregrød i kog (boiling oatmeal porridge). 2. The Danish humour and culture, which is embedded in the language. Where else in the world can you say that something costs ”a dog” (en hund)…

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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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Danish Is A Zoo! Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

Isn’t it fun that @ is called elephant’s trunk A (snabel-a) in Danish? 🙂 While I’m sure that other languages use animal expressions too, I love the way dyr (animals) keep popping up in dansk: If something costs en hund (a dog), you’ll have to betale (pay) et hundrede kroner (100 Kroner). Did you get…

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Danes and Dead Animals Posted by on Feb 22, 2014

This February a somewhat macabre topic has been haunting Danish media – and foreign web sites writing about Denmark: døde dyr (dead animals). I starten af måneden (at the beginning of the month), København Zoo announced that they were going to kill Marius, a fit and healthy two-year-old giraf [gheeRAFF]. (What? How could anyone be…

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Den Gamle By Posted by on Sep 29, 2012

In the midst of Århus a rare gem awaits the watchful tourist: Den Gamle By (The Old Town), an open air museum consisting of an entire Danish købstad (market town) as it surely must have been a century or two ago. It is, literally, a town within the town. Here the inhabitants live in bindingsværkshus/e…

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