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Bernitta from Denmark

BernittaName: Bernitta Bjørn Anderson
Age: 40
Country of origin: Denmark
Job title: Project Leader for Cultural Development/Bornholm

 

 

What advice would you give to a person about to start learning Danish?
Talk Danish as much as possible, with people who have patience.

What is your view of the Danish language?
It can sound flat and doesn’t have as much rhythm as Swedish. But it can be a piece of music if the right emphasis is used.

Do you think the Danes are impressed when a foreigner makes an effort to speak Danish?
Yes, because it shows an interest in our culture and way of life. Though, if you are English, you may find it harder to speak Danish, as we like to practise our English as much as possible.

Is it important for foreigners to learn Danish?
It all depends on your situation here. If you speak English and work for an international company, then life can be pretty easy, but otherwise I would say it’s very important. Learning Danish will make you feel more included and less alienated.

did you know

The Danish alphabet has 29 letters and uses the basic 26-letter Latin alphabet plus the three additional letters Æ, Ø, Å.

Danish (Dansk) is one of the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages).

Danish glossary

Hej! Hi  
Goddag Hello (formal) 
Hvordan har du det? How are you?
Hvad så? What’s up?
(informal)
Farvel Good bye
God morgen Good morning
God nat Good night
Tak! Thank you
Undskyld mig Excuse me
Jeg elsker dig I love you