https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

I need some tips please! Only if you are willing to share though.

I just barely started Danish and I was wondering if anyone had anything that helped them in their studies of the language that they would be willing to share with me.

I have Danish heritage and I want to learn it so someday I can travel to Denmark and see the land of my ancestors.

Thank you in advance! Jmoney

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/geo_torno9

Well... I'm not like an expert or anything but I have been doing the Danish for a while now. So, what helped me was music. These are some good pop songs in Danish that I listen to sometimes. Also, there's Tinycards, which is fun (but like me you might drift off and start going through random decks...

Hope I helped!!! :)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Yes, thank you!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jileha
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What I found extremely helpful particularly for the pronunciation is the official Memrise Danish course. All audio sentences are recorde native speakers, plus they have a section called "Meet the Locals" (this might be only available with a paid membership), where people from different areas (Kopenhagen, Aarhus) say the expressions. You can repeat after them until you think you get the sound right and are exposed right from the beginning to different pronunciations and normal speaking speed. The synthetic Danish voice DL uses is not bad, but nothing beats native speakers. This was vital for me particularly for the "blødt d" (soft d). I can only recommend that course to use in combination with Duolingo.

This course also includes some idiomatic and useful expressions. IMO Memrise and Duolingo are a great combination with one emphasizing more the spoken/idiomatic component and the other the grammar aspect.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tubalegend
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I use Memrise as well and find it better for learning vocab. The combination of Duo and Memrise is really good.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Thank you. I'll look at it soon.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reina938822
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Thanks, Jileha; I didn't know about MEMRISE; it can help me build my vocabulary.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jileha
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It might be a little bit before you can really profit from these YouTube videos as they are in Danish, but bookmark them for whenver you’ll be ready. It’s a great series of videos dealing with Danish pronunciation.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7hU_iP0dw&t=0s&list=PLZTRvL0ZCxHfSUK9S6pkoHRA_wAEiuv3E&index=2

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reina938822
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Mange tak, Jileha! Jeg har 'bookmarked' dem!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reina938822
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Hi Jasmine, I like to 'read' DR Nyheder (DR.DK) every day a little bit. It can also be helpfull to watch Danish TV and/or series with subtitles in Danish. Sometimes I just put on the radio and 'listen' to the sounds, the flow of the sentences; somehow I am convinced that in my subconsciousness I'll learn something...And sometimes I just can pick up quite a lot of a discussion...

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EarthMaster213

When looking at words se what letters commonly make what sounds so you can pronounce them when you would like.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowFalcon

I find Danish very easy because I tried learning Old English first. The Angles were a Danish tribe who invaded England, so its not surprising their language was very similar. I am surprised by how much modern Danes had retained though, many words that haven't been used in English since history has been written down there are still in use for Danes, along with many of the same concepts of the early Angles. Danish is probably just about the closest language to English you can find, once you get the hang of the difference sounds of certain letters.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Is there an Old English course that you could recommend?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowFalcon

Good gods no, why do you think I ended up with Danish? Lol Old English only exists in history books now, which is where I gleamed the majority of what I learned. You might find it useful to learn the sounds in Ænglisc, Danish has almost all of the same sounds but it is more modernized, whereas Ænglisc uses older runes and punctuation so the sounds are more specific, but outside that learning anything on the language is very difficult http://www.omniglot.com/writing/oldenglish.htm

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Oh, I see. Thank you.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/languagele469606

Watch some Danish films. Not sure it helps me all that much but it motivates me to keep studying Danish when I can understand more dialogue each time I watch a new film. Or when I can spot when some subtitles seem to be a little off. Plus you can listen to different Danes speaking, which I personally find they don't all sound the same. For example, I feel that Nicolaj Lie Kass is a more "sing songy" Dane but articulates more and I have an easier time understanding him than some other Danish actors/actresses. Plus the added benefit is that Danish films are not predictable (as an American I love that...most American films I can guess the ending about 20 min in!) Be prepared though for anything in a Danish movie!

Amazon Prime Video has quite a few Danish films I enjoyed....

7 months ago
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