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Yesterday I had my first conversation in Danish

mipani
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Yesterday, me and my wife (both Germans) went to Denmark (Broager in south-east Denmark, near Sønderborg) to visit her brother and his wife (both Germans, too) for his birthday. They have been living there for 9 years. My wife told me before that among the guests (about a dozen people) there would be Danes and Germans. When I arrived there, everybody was speaking Danish, so I thought there were no Germans. Later I found out that the Danish speaking German guests have been living in Denmark for years so their Danish was quite good. But they were mostly speaking the local dialect which was hard to understand for me. Except for one lovely Danish lady in her sixties. She spoke in a comprehensible way. I found out that she is originally from Copenhagen, that is probably why I could understand a lot of what she was saying.

Later, I took a chance and approached her and told her in Danish that I am learning Danish. She was very pleased about that and we talked a while in Danish. She spoke slowly so I could understand most of what she was saying. I told her that I learned Danish with Duolingo. She had heard of Duolingo before because her husband uses it to learn Italian and her daughter uses it to learn Spanish. She also speaks German and when I was lacking a word I used the German word and she told me the Danish translation. Later, when she and her husband left, she told me that my Danish would be very good and that I should keep on learning. I felt a little flattered but also I felt pride.

Why am I telling you this? Just to tell you that if you have the chance to speak Danish with a native Dane you should overcome any fears and try to speak Danish (this probably applies to all languages). I think that most of the people will be pleased and try to help you by speaking slowly and use simple words so you can understand them easily. Finally, you will get to hear a different voice than that text-to-speech voice on Duolingo.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
Camilla-danesa
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how exciting !! I'm glad you got to speak with a dane, and gave yourself the gift of practice! It sounds like a lovely evening, and a nice lady you met!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marinia
Marinia
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That's nice, my boyfriends family also lives in broager, guess the world is small then. haha

The dialect they speak in that part of the country is called sønderjysk and it is pretty hard to understand for anyone who doesn't come from that area of the country. Also for danes themselves. And I can tell you that after 2 years I'm still not able to understand everything. (I'm german too btw) So don't feel frustrated if you don't understand sønderjysk, it is quite tricky.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/natajaford1

wow congrats! im struggling with the speaking. more of the reading writing type

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaxOfBo
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This is an awesome story! I am so glad you got a chance to try out your Danish skills and that it was such a positive experience.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mipani
mipani
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Thank you and the other people who answered me so kindly! I will keep learning Danish until I reach level 25. Then I will be even more confident to speak Danish in Denmark. I recently bought some Danish films on DVD. I will watch them in Danish with Danish subtitles. This will surely improve my auditory comprehension which is my greatest weakness so far.

2 years ago
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