Resource for practicing listening skills: Rita on Netflix!
If you haven't yet found the show on Netflix, Rita is a Danish television show with english subtitles. I can't understand more that a word here and there at the moment, but it's still great for training my ear to get used to how the language sounds. Those of you further along in your study of the language might really benefit from watching/listening to this show. Warning: not safe for children!
I definitely need to check on that show! Everybody in my class has recommended it to me. In the meanwhile, I'm also checking Badehotellet, which is sort of like Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs, in a Balnearium Hotel in Jutland in the 1920s, and it's so far super interesting! Though the Jutland accent is very difficult to understand tbh.
Here's a catalogue of movies/series on Netflix with good subtitles, sorted by language: http://languagelearningwithnetflix.com/catalogue.html
Also, here's a free extension that adds bilingual subs, pop-up dictionary, and improved playback control: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lln-language-learning-wit/hoombieeljmmljlkjmnheibnpciblicm
Agree completely! it was actually Rita and another Netflix show, Dicte, that got me intrigued by the prospect of studying Danish. Each time I watch an episode now, I find that I can pick up more and more words and phrases. It will be awhile before I can turn off the subtitles, but each small step is rewarding. Wish there were more shows in Danish!
Netflix released a new show called The Rain today whose original language is Danish. Worth a watch :)
Great! It's a cop show with a journalist as the lead, but the most interesting parts are the human interactions among the characters. You'll also get some insights into Danish culture if, like me, you knew very little about it. It takes place in Aurhus, not Copenhagen, so there's more of a small-town feel to some of the episodes.
You're way ahead of me ... never been to Denmark but hope to go soon now that I'm retired and can start checking off boxes. btw, just watched the first episode of The Rain, mentioned above, and noticed that one of the actresses, Iben Hjejle, has the lead in Dicte. She is outstanding.
Just finished watching The Rain, a!l eight episodes. Not really my type of show -- too futuristic -- but that wasn't the point. I could actually pick up on a fair amount of the Danish. It has lots of brief exchanges of dialog, clearly pronounced. I still needed the subtitles, but since I know the story now, I plan to watch it again soon without them. Feeling the progress!
Yes, Rita is great!
I just recently watched ‘Below the Surface’ (Under Jorden) and found I could understand a lot of it. The lines of dialogue are quite short and, suprisingly for a hostage drama, there is enough time to take them in. Unfortunately I’m not sure where you can watch it now, they showed it a few weeks ago over here on the BBC.
for dansk hjørdis er et bra show, jeg tror det er satt på samme sted som rita, men for norsk er min favoritt 'occupied' alt på netflix!!
Har du set Nobel på norsk? Det er også rigtigt godt.
(Jeg troede bare svenske brugte bra? Jeg husker jeg var ked af det, at vi ikke kan bruge bra i danske.)
Nei jeg har ikke hørt om nobel er det bra og på netflix, Jeg beklager også min dansk er ikke så bra, men du kan forstå norskeren ja?
Nobel er på Netflix i Uk. Nej, jeg læser en lille Norske, men jeg har brug for engelsk undertekster når jeg ser tv.
If you're into sci-fi, Dark on Netflix is a good series whose original language is German.
Dark was great! (much better than The Rain, but I don't want to put anybody off)
That might be a blessing in disguise (held i uheld.) If it’s too gripping I forget to pay attention to the language ; )
Check out "Babylon Berlin" on Netflix. Crime series set in 1920's Berlin, between the end of WWI and the rise of the Nazi party. It prizes itself on historical accuracy and it's very well done. Because it is German, it's a lot more free on nudity and such, so please don't watch it if that kind of stuff upsets you. But honestly, the pacing and the story is fantastic.
I don’t know if you can get it where you are, but Deutschlad 83 is really good. Its centered around a young East German man who gets pressured into acting as a spy in West Germany, but it’s more a coming of age drama with a real historical background and gripping storyline than just a spy story. It has an 80s pop soundtrack too and does a great job of capturing the decade.
In the UK you can watch it (and loads of other foreign language series) via the Walter Present part of the Channel 4 website.
I love Rita!! I watched to help with my listening skills but use the English subtitles to also learn how Danes actually speak Danish. My uncle is Danish and when I practice with him, he always reminds me to cut off my words or corrects me when it's something too formal that Danes wouldn't say. So I'd also take not of that when watching.
Definitely not for children!
Unfortunately it's not on Netflix, so you'll need to catch it on BitTorrent, but Forbrydelsen is in Danish and it's also awesome. If you can find it, you should download it and give it a try.
For more advanced learners, you can turn on Danish subtitles instead of English for many of the Danish TV shows on Netflix (I enjoyed Rita this way).
Tak! I'm trying that, and it works great. The dialog is still too fast for me to pick up on all of it, but the Danish subtitles introduce a whole new fun element. I'll try it on some other shows as well.
Some time ago, years before I studied Danish, I ran across a show on Hulu called Clown (or by the Danish title, Klovn?) which was a lot like Curb Your Enthusiasm. There was a movie that spun out of it and I think I saw it on Netflix. A quick perusal of Wikipedia says the movie was called Klown and there was a sequel called Klown Forever.
I tried watching Rita but it just didn't click for me. It might be more interesting now that I would want to hear spoken Danish.
If you are interested in Swedish, Akta Manniskor is available on Hulu and it is a wonderful sci-fi show about robots. I recommend it highly - the show, not Swedish.
You had me at sci-fi and robots. Not learning Swedish, though. Are there subtitles?
Yes, there are subtitles. If you are familiar with the tv show Humans that had played on AMC in the states, it was an English-language adaptation of Akta Manniskor. I think the Swedish version is more interesting, however, and I really liked Humans.
The Salvation seems to be a good crossover from Danish to English, available on Netflix as well. Problem is I only made it about 5 minutes in before I worried about the amount of violence in it. Didn't see any but it's about Danish immigrants in the American West so it's only an assumption but I'm guessing it's going to get raw. But if you're up for it, the movie might be a good tool.