The Danish Collection (Overview of Threads) [Please Read]
This thread is intended to be a collection of links to other threads, in which we will detail various parts of the Danish language that might be hard to understand. Since we wanted to get the course out to you as fast as possible, and these details will probably take a while to write, they are not yet written!
The over overview of the threads that we will eventually write is below here. I invite you all to comment if you bump into something in the course that you simply cannot understand, and which is not covered in this list. Similarly, you are welcome to comment on which ones of these you feel are most pressing. Then we will, of course, write those first :)
Be sure to check out the Facebook group as well.<h1>Introductions</h1>
- Determining the Gender of a Noun
- Plural Endings
- Noun Gender and Declension
- Compound Nouns
- Overview of Verb Conjugations and Usages
- Verbs: Tenses
- Verbs: Passive Aspect
- Verbs: Imperative Mood
- Verbs: Present and Past Participle
- "Røre" vs "røre ved"
- "Hvis" vs "om"
- "Tror" vs "synes"
- "Lege" vs "spille"
- "Ved", "nær", and "nær ved"
- Word Order Inversion when not a Question
- Expressing Future
- Expressing the Progressive
- Expressing the Conditional
- Modality: Auxiliaries and Particles
We will try to collect useful resources for your Danish studies here. Feel free to post any additions in comments here or in this thread.
- Ordnet.dk -- Here you can look up any word, and find inflections, examples, and more.
- Sproget.dk -- Another dictionary with inflections, examples, which also shows the syllables for any word (useful for pronunciation).
- Wiktionary (the English version) has most Danish words with IPA pronunciation, etymology, conjugations, and often a translation too.
- Dsn.dk from the official authority on Danish language has word lookups with conjugations.
- Forvo has pronunciations of many Danish words, recorded by native speakers.
- Dr.dk/ligetil -- News written in an easy language.
- International Children's Digital Library - Children's books in Danish.
- Dr.dk/tv -- The Danish equivalent of BBC. Many programs are freely available to watch online.
- Disney Songs in Danish -- Link to a channel on YouTube and links to specific songs in comments. Most have double subtitles in Danish and English!
- Dansk Udtale -- YouTube channel with many small videos explaining different parts of pronunciation. Language spoken is Danish.
- Danish Films - List of Recommended Titles -- Recommendations from Duolingo users on which movies in Danish or about Denmark to watch.
- Thread on Danish Music
- RadioPlay.dk -- Radio stations
- Dr.dk/radio -- More radio stations
- IVONA This is the TTS voice we're using. Select Danish -> Mads (for male) or Naja (for female) and input any text you want to listen to again.
- Google Translate Can read out in Danish too.
Hope you’re enjoying the course! :D
Yes I will try to write that post today! In order to manage expectations, though, I must say that there a lot of exceptions, a lot of confusing spelling, and that the vowels will be impossible to explain using English examples (it'd be like painting a colour picture with only black and white). But I will try! And I know of some youtube videos that go through the sounds, which I will try to find again and link to :)
For iPhone there is the 'Soriko Radio' app with Scandinavian radio frequencies. I listen to DR1 (Denmark) when I go to sleep. It's only news and discussion, so it's a good way to see if you can catch the phrases. In addition to the news, you can follow (or download the apps of) DR Nyheder, TV2 Nyhederne and Jyllands Posten. They also post video's on their Facebook pages.