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Danish pronunciation for Danish people?

Sheol83
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This maybe sounds like a stupid question, but does a Danish person always know how to pronounce every single word of their language? Even the ones that have they have never heard before?

It seems to me that there is no clear pattern and every word must be learned along with the pronunciation. So if you, my dear Danish friends, stumble upon a word or your mother tongue you've never encountered before: Can you always pronounce it correctly? And when you do: Can you somehow explain how you do it? Do you compare it with the pronunciation of similar word (like kærligheden and ærligheden) or do you not even have to think about it?

Danish is the least phonetic language I know so to me it seems like a fair question. :D

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/fenjicka
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I actually remember having trouble getting some words right when I was younger, particularly "kunstfærdig" this is an adjective that is almost never used in everyday conversation, but you can sometimes stumble upon it in books. Having only read this word and never heard it said, I pronounced it wrong inside my head for the longest time, until one day I decided to use it myself and everyone laughed at me xD I will usually get words right even if I've never heard them before though, but I understand why it could take some time to get the phonetics right, since Danish indeed has some irregularities :)

2 years ago

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I don't know how to pronounce every English word I have never heard before, so I'm guessing Danes might have trouble as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abeneezer

Chancing to sound like a bragger I would say yes, but I guess it depends on your level of literacy, as well as knowledge of foreign languages too. But having a vocabulary of a book reading native exposes you to so many words and the phonetic pattern will stick so if the new word follows patterns I already know I would probably pronounce it correctly. But no ones perfect and people habitually pronounce inherently danish words incorrectly I think it happens to every person of every language.

The outliers might be loan words of languages I am not comfortable with the phonetics of, for me it could be french. A lot of danish words stems from french but the ones that haven't been assimilated yet (the true loan words) I probably would get wrong.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ohheyitslilly
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Danish is my native language. I haven't had any trouble pronouncing anything ever - but that is most likely because it's my mother tongue. I learned english when I was pretty young too so I've never had any trouble pronouncing either. Both languages feel as if they're my first language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Poulpoul

I am a Dane, and I think that happens some times, as it probably will in many languages. Most words are learned at a pretty young age, so even older school children often mispronounce new words, even though they are not completely new to the language. Many pronunciations differ in terms of where to apply the stress in compound nouns. As the example with 'kunstfærdig'. There are also many words that have different pronunciations that are all totally valid, such as 'tunnel' which can have the stress on the first or second syllable.

Danish does not have as many words as English, so when you are an adult I think the most new words that you will be introduced to are either loan words or new compound nouns, which you will now the pronunciation of.

There are of course exception. I remember not knowing how to pronounce a sediment called "slik". Whether I should pronounce it like "slik", the candy, or with an 'ee' sound in stead. I felt like the latter, because it would remind a little of 'silt' (another sediment). But you wouldn't know it before you heard it.

For me mispronunciation mainly happen with place names, e.g. 'Aalbæk' which I have been mispronouncing for a long time

2 years ago

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Everytime I drive through Aalbæk I wonder how to pronounce that :( Like ål as in eel? Or like the old in oldgammel? I still don't know

2 years ago

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Apparently it is the latter!

2 years ago

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Well that's not phonetically logical to most Danes, I'd guess xD

2 years ago
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