https://www.duolingo.com/tori_ashley

New Danish Learners: How's it going?

Hey everyone!

I'm Tori. I'm having a pretty good time of learning Danish. I wanted to open a thread for all of us to talk about how it's going, what's not going too well, and what's going great. Maybe we can help each other!

Thanks everyone! -T

2 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/IanEvison

Hi Tori. Make sure you check out the Sticky pegged to the top of the list of discussions, "Anyone interested in talking on Slack?" Lots of people sharing their experience learning Danish there. Agree, of course, about the part about practice, practice, practice. Getting yourself a native speaking kæreste works pretty well too, I have heard. :-) To this I would add, be creative, observant of yourself, and keep it fun regarding what works for you, understanding that you always need to keep looking for new strategies. I observe about myself that the greatest thing about Duolingo is that I can do it anywhere, even in a noisy airport waiting area, and I can do it even when I am not yet awake or very tired at the end of the day. The Duolingo Danish crew is great support. And, in case you don't realize it yet, I might mention that the whole thing is created and maintained by a wonderful group of volunteers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Hi Tori! I'm also learning Danish. This language is so amazing and beautiful, but I have to admit that some words are so hard to pronounce for someone like me, a portuguese speaker. The other thing that bored me is the articles like ''et e en''. As a newbie in Danish, sometimes I get confused about which words use one or another. I want to reach the level B1 in Danish at least, because I want to visit Danmark so hard in the future.

P.s.:Sorry about if I did any mistake in my text, I'm trying to improve my English. >.<

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tori_ashley

Your English is great! You're doing great work on it from what I can see!. I agree with you on not knowing which words to use when. For instance, min, mit, and mine. Things like that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

Hej! Jeg lærer også dansk. Jeg synes, sproget er sjovt, men udtalen er meget vanskeligt. Jeg lærer dansk fordi lydene af det danskt sprog er vidunderlige. Også er det mit første germanske sprog at jeg har lærte, og jeg håber på at lære nederlandsk også.

Hi! I'm learning Danish too. I think the language is fun, but the pronunciation is really hard. I'm learning Danish because I think it sounds beautiful ("because the sounds of the language are wonderful" - my brain isn't working enough to actually let me form a proper sentence). It's also my first Germanic language that I've learned, and I hope to learn Dutch too.

...But I'm really rusty, I haven't even practised reading for almost a year so I'm pretty much back to square one. I remember that pronunciation and word order were always my biggest problems, but at the moment I'm still struggling to remember how to use adjectives!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tori_ashley

Hej! Your Danish seems really good! I'm jealous! I agree with you on how beautiful the language is. I watched a movie called The Royal Affair (it's on Netflix and you should watch it!) and it's entirely in Danish. I really loved the way it sounded and decided to learn it.

I went to a Waldorf school so I had a little experience with Germanic languages as I learned German for a few years there, but Danish is super difficult! For me, pronunciation and possessive pronouns are giving me a bit of trouble, but it's all about repetition really.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephBallin
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I'm enjoying Danish more than I expected. I'm keeping my eyes on the prize at the end of the fairy tales lesson. I'm a big Hans Christian Andersen fan and it'd be cool to know the words he actually used. I'm not sure I'll ever love Danish more than Norwegian, but the Norse languages hold a place in my heart. I've a friend for Norway and one from Sweden, and they both said the same of Danish. "It sounds like Norwegian/Swedish, but with a potato in your mouth". Honestly, I agree, but that doesn't mean I won't try to speak it in Copenhagen one day, God willing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krissy55

Hi Tori. I've just started. I'm going to visit family in Cph next year and feel it's about time I made a proper effort :D I also speak Afrikaans and I find it helps (which surprised me). Pronunciation is my biggest challenge!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elena683449
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Hi Tori! I've just started with Danish and when I discovered that the verbs don't conjugate for the various persons I thought: "oh, that's easy!" ... Then I started with the nouns! XD Now I'm starting to realize how challenging it is, but I find the pronunciation really fascinating. Being Italian, I'm used to speak a language in which you basically pronounce what you read, so the Danish pronunciation is really a big challenge! But I'm having so much fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wilfried32

Hey Tori Great post, fun to talk about how we all see/learn differently. I guess for people with a germanic language as mothertong, this is familiar territory. But I guess when you come from roman languages, the structure differs a lot..

Look luck learning danish! let me know if you want to race me ;) Will

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tori_ashley

My first and only language is English, so while I have experience with Romance languages, they're certainly not my mother tongue, but I would imagine it would be VERY difficult if it was!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AzureJames
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I'm still wondering about the pronounciation. I want to know how many sounds are not in English. It seems the circle O is just the regular O sound.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krissy657111

Just starting myself but have Danish family so it sounds more familiar to my ears. The ø is more like 'ur' but it is short and without sounding the 'r'. The best way I know to describe the 'y' sound (as in 'kylling' chicken) is to purse your lips as you would to say the 'oo' sound but instead trying to say 'ee'. I hope that helps.

2 years ago
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