Trip to Danmark!
Tomorrow I'm leaving for my first trip to a non-English-speaking country since I started Duo. I joined Duo years ago to learn Spanish, had some starts and stops, and along the way decided to review the French I learned in high school/college, and then added Danish a few months ago because of this trip.
I'm going to compete for Team USA in a world multisport event (an aquathlon, which is like a triathlon without a bike leg). I've been told that most Danes speak English, but it seemed wrong to not even try to learn some of their language. I'm still terrible at pronunciation, and unless someone wants to talk about turtles and bears reading newspapers, I'm probably lost, but at least I know something. I was planning on stopping Danish after this trip, but now I think I might stick it out and finish the tree!
Coincidentally, today I also reached a one-year streak! This is just such a great community and I hope to be using it for years to come.
I'm in Denmark now, and we have wonderful sunny weather. You're in for a treat. Good luck in the aquathlon and kudos for studying up on Danish before your trip. We danes are always impressed when someone does that. I think you are a very organized person, who knows how to plan & stick to a goal, and I wish you a great time in Denmark!
Fortunately, skildpadder is probably the one Danish word that you really need to know. Do seek out the chokoladeskildpadde-variant when you are here, but maybe after the sports event: https://www.google.com/search?q=toms+skildpadde&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_hd2phJDcAhVHIlAKHeo4DsQQsAQIRg&biw=1366&bih=654
I travelled to Denmark alone last year (from the Netherlands). I took two books: a novel for reading and a notebook to keep a journal. Don't be afraid to go to a restaurant, a museum, an amusement park, whatever you want, by yourself. You'll meet people along the way. The Danes are really easy to talk to, because most of them speak English well and they are overall friendly, open minded people (even in the small towns). And if you ever feel bored or awkward you've got either one of your books to help you out. Just go for it!
It's very much worth learning, and yes it is good. You will find more complex sentences as you go along. The reason bears turtles ducks etc appear from the beginning is probably because they are words people have already been introduced to, so people know the word bear and duck early on, but it is much later that they learn worlds like crown prince, officer, waiter, and so forth. They continue to appear from time to time partially as someone's sense of humor, I suppose, but I have to admit, there are some points of grammar and vocabulary that stuck in my brain just because the sentence they were introduced in was so unusual.
In fact, out of thanks for all the wonderful help I got from both the duolingo pages, and the ppl here that have helped, I'll be illustrating little by little a few of the more colorful sentences about sharks bears and ducks, etc in on the discussion pages for the skills and practices. I figure that way people will be able to look forward to them, and possibly remember a sentence or two more readily now and then.
I've actually made a story connecting all of them, and will/might make an animation of it if I get overly ambitious, though probably in 2d, as opposed to the illustrations mostly 3d, due to memory constraints on my computer that make the latter a longer process. It will depend on my time ambition and the popularity of the same. As for the course again though it's great. Nothing is perfect as we're human, but as an ex-language teacher I am really grateful for their courses, especially Danish.
Just one tip though. Pronounce Danish as you hear it, not as you would expect it. Eventually you'll see there is a pattern to it, and whenever in doubt in Danish or any other language, go to forvo.com where you can hear native speakers pronounce a huge selections of words in a myriad of languages. Enjoy your course.
Worth it! I hardly hear about bears or turtles anymore (ha ha) and my understanding of the spoken sentences/pronunciation has improved a lot! I don't even have to use the slow button that much. The sentences are more complex and useful as you go. However, I'm not sure why I get lots of sentences about men not having clothes/pants on or paying for hotel rooms or washing their secretaries, but that could just be the ones I get!! I'm serious but it keeps me laughing and practicing!
Contratulations! Hope you have a great trip. I made an artist's concept of what to expect in Denmark based on practice sentences. (of course I'm kidding) Sorry it took me so long to draw this. I've updated it with a background now. Enjoy.
(These drawings are meant for the discussion pages for the answers in the practice and skills so you have something to look forward to when practicing. (I'm a commercial artist who is working as an interpreter, and I was bored.) If they're liked they will probably pop up more often.
Thanks. Here's another one since you ask: https://sites.google.com/site/artedebrent/_/rsrc/1530158438402/home/bj%C3%B8rnen%20stj%C3%A6ler%20mine%20t%C3%A6rter%202c.jpg
It's a pie stealing bear. More should be popping up in the sentence discussions little by litte. Especially some of the sentences including animals and some of the stranger sentences that appear due to a lack of sufficient vocabulary at the beginning and sense of humor.
I hope that way people will look forward to those sentences rather than worrying too much that ducks read newspapers etc.
I have a story to go with it if I ever get extra ambitious but might animate it in 2d instead of 3d to save time and resources if I get around to it, but that is well into the future if so.
Jeg havde ikke set denne kommenterfelt endnu. Det må man sige at det her er en fremragende diskussion. Kære Betsy, jeg håber du har haft en god rejse til den scandinavien paradis. Og mange mange Tak webgenie for den fremragende illustration af så mange lektier på et kreativt måde. Jeg glæder mig til meget mere diskussioner her ligesom den her.
jegviltaledansk, må jeg lave nogle små rettelser i din fine sætning?
dette kommentarfelt, eller denne kommentar. (et felt, en kommentar I'm sorry about the "n" and "t" words in Danish. Try to memorize them, but even if you make mistakes you'll still be understood fine). "Jeg glæder mig til mange flere diskussioner her ligesom den her". Fordi "diskussioner" er flertal (plural). Eller du kan sige : "Jeg glæder mig til meget mere diskussion her af samme slags." Du er meget dygtig!