I'm going to Denmark and I'd love to hear from any Danish people, or anyone else!
I'm going to Denmark at the end of the year for a student exchange program. I'm currently on DuoLingo trying to learn as much Danish as possible before I leave. If there are any Danish people who have any tips or advice about the language or Denmark itself in the winter, I'd really appreciate it! Even if you've just visited the country I'd love to know what your experience there was.
Dane here... The best tip about the language when you get here, is in my experience just to try to use as much danish as possible.. People are generally extremely friendly and will appreciate you trying to use what danish you know.. If it doesn't work, just switch to English, almost everyone here is more or less fluent in English.
About Denmark in the winter.. Bring warm clothes, and lots of it.. But be glad that you're visiting in the winter, because everything here is a bit more "hyggeligt" / cozy and just more "danish" in a a way.
May i ask where in Denmark you are visiting.. Copenhagen? Aarhus?
From what I understand, my family lives either in Copenhagen or extremely close to it. Your advice was very helpful! Thankyou so much.
Okay.. So everything from Tivoli, Strøget, Nyhavn / Kgs Nytorv or simply just strolling through the citys small street should be on your list. I live 20 minutes from CPH, and have spent many winters enjoying the cafe-life and the above mentioned places..
Thankyou so much! I have heard wonderful things about Tivoli before, so I will try and visit some of these places.
I wish I was visiting! The cold is of course a relative matter. For how far North it is (like Northern Canada) it has mild winters. Our Danish exchange students who have come to Minnesota have been rather unprepared for our below zero Minnesota weather (F). Winter temperature tends to hover around freezing with lots of overcast (again compared to Minnesota). And nights are long. Danes say to me that, if you visit in November, you learn what hyggeligt is for. There is a famous Danish poem with a line that refers to something like the 15 months of the year: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, November, November, November. Hyggelig dinners with friends and coffee shops really come into their own.
Have a wonderful trip.
So true!! November and December months do hover around 0 (C). Which is kinda a good thing, because were then able to actually visit coffee shops and sit outside. Nights are long, as the sun rises at about 9-10 am and goes down again at 4-5 pm.
Thankyou! I assumed the nights would be long form previous experience in Europe in the winter months.
I agree. I'm going back to Denmark next month but I was an exchange student there about 25 years ago in Randers. Start in Danish and if you don't know the word switch to English and almost everyone will be gracious and understand you. I got teased for "being Swedish" because I over enunciated my words :D. The food is amazing-- I gained 15lbs the year I lived there.
Been to Denmark twice- highly recommend it! Spent time with my danish family up there, first time I went from August - September a few years ago, second time went from July - start of August this year. Was really good weather the first time I went, though earlier this year the weather was kind of rainy! Was a really great traveling experience and was sad to go home both times! Hope you have a great trip (:
Sounds like you're in the same boat as I am; heading to Denmark (Lyngby) in February for a year and trying to pack in as much Duolingo as my schedule allows. Good luck!