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How to pronounce ANY Danish word

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Thank god I finally found how to pronounce any Danish word. That made my day and I must admit that it's pretty close to the truth. Enjoy ! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/dreamloomer
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That picture is perfect! And I know what you mean. My daughter learned perfect Danish at kindergarten and she had been constantly bashing all my pronunciation attempts. I remember how proud I was when one day she finally said: "Daddy, you got that word correctly". :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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Ah, you live in denmark? I am really beginner, everything is new to me, the multitude of ways to pronounce the vowels and the soft D wow, it is surprising and really interesting. It's true that it's nice to pronounce words that seemed impossible at first.

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https://www.duolingo.com/dreamloomer
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I do, although I work in a non-Danish environment and 99% of Danes speak wonderful English anyway, so the language is still very difficult for me.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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Someone told me that Danish people quickly switch to English when they speak with a foreigner because it's easier. It is actually simpler but it should not allow to progress quickly. How lucky you are to live in this beautiful country.

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https://www.duolingo.com/dreamloomer
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Oh yes, they do. They consider it polite and they want to facilitate the conversation, but it makes my learning even more difficult.

And yes, it is a beautiful and friendly country. Too bad my stay here ends in August, but it's been a memorable and enriching experience.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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would you have some books to suggest to me for a great beginner in danish?

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https://www.duolingo.com/dreamloomer
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Well, as also a beginner I read only children books that my daughter brings from her school's library. :)

One day I'm planning to read Andersen's fairy tales, because they are purposely written in a relatively simple language.

And after that I surely will try to read something more complicated, but I don't know what yet.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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It's true that starting with children's books seems quite logical. I often have the impression of being in primary school, I spend a lot of time in addition of duolingo looking for grammar, conjugation or sentences construction. My notebook is filling up very quickly and that's a lot to remember.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kim-Mirae
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I don't know if I am supposed to be offended... Because I am Danish... But this is pretty funny lmao But yeah Danish is really hard to speak, even I mess up all the time

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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Do not be offended, this language is very complicated but that's why I adore it. As French when I started the sounds were really far from what I know but I started learning because I was listening to Danish and I thought it was a beautiful language. The more I learn and the more I appreciate the sound of this language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/dreamloomer
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I was just wondering how you, as French, perceive the Danish sounds. Both languages have one common trait: you read a half of what's written. :) But the French pronunciation, though peculiar, seems much more logical to me. After you learn the spelling rules, you can read everything. And not so much in Danish - the sounding of certain words never ceases to amaze me!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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So when I started reading my first words in danish, my eyes almost came out of my head. I thought Nooo, that's not what I hear! And then by dint of practicing it becomes logical. Already learning the alphabet has been a big step for me but it is true that the fact that the same syllable is pronounced one way in a word and another way in another word is confusing. Fortunately I got passionate about this language so I persevere and now the sounds have become familiar to me. It is true that in French there are few variations, once you know the pronunciation of the letters you will easily find the way to pronounce a word that you do not know. Furthermore we do not accentuate syllables or words as in English. I would have loved it to be the same in Danish but no and the pronunciation of words is often a surprise.

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https://www.duolingo.com/nickmenu
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Sometimes you just have to think of the english word! E.g., how would you read "giv tegn"?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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You're right often the sound is similar even if the spelling is different. And there are also many words in common but also many words that exist in both languages ​​and have absolutely not the same meaning. Men (d) But (e), And (d) Duck (e), Løve (d), Lion (e), Mad (d) Food (e), Her (d) Here) (e) and so so so so many others

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https://www.duolingo.com/nickmenu
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Yes indeed, sometime the reference is more German (Ant - Ente, Løve - Löwe). But then mad reminds of meat which could be related... It's really interesting! But if you listen to Danish speaking then you start "tuning in". It's the same with every language of course.

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https://www.duolingo.com/nickmenu
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It's ok dear, you can be offended, we won't tell anyone! Or you can just take it easy and laugh... Your choice! :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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I knew there was a trick! Thank you for sharing

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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You're welcome my friend ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sunny.Kay
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How funny!! Thanks for a great laugh.

I am just now getting to the point where I can 'hear' the language in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish -- it's a huge relief from the days of listening to the sentences over and over with no clue what's being said. The Scandanavian languages are so wonderful and logical that I'm determined to stick with them, though.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tifany-1
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I totally agree with you, I started to watch "Broen" and I listen carefully, I'm happy to recognize words and phrases but thank you subtitles! I do not stop pressing pause to search for new words.
I see that you learn a lot of languages ​​and you have a good level in French, Bravo because it is also said that it is a difficult language to learn.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Travelanche
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I think those hints work for Icelandic too--another beautiful language that's hard to pronounce and doesn't sound like it's spelled. Remember the volcano that erupted there several years ago? Here's the correct way to pronounce it and then what sounds like my attempts in the second video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etUABRbYakM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5nNPQm4LUs

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