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August 26, 2014



Am I right in hearing the 'd' prounced as a kind of [ l ] sound? If so I guess the '-mad' part bears a bit of resemblance to the English 'meal', which makes it easy to remember!


What you’re hearing is an almost-but-not-quite tongue tap. But it’s not an almost-l, which would happen at the roof of the mouth, but rather an almost-th, i.e., on the tips of the teeth. The IPA notation for this sound is ð.


Thanks so much for explaining now to make this noise! Kids may pick up these sounds but as an adult it totally helps to get a physical explanation of how to make the sound.


Thanks! So the same as the 'th' in 'that', then, if it's [ð]? It doesn't sound the same...


No, they’re not the same. I think there are different IPAs for each language. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_dental_fricative: “Danish [ð] is actually a weak, velarized alveolar approximant.” That is, an approximant of the voiced dental fricative, which is written [ð] in the English IPA.


Morgenmad is actually an obvious cognate of morning meat. Meat (old spelling: mete) once referred to food in general and apparently still does in some local dialects.


I think you mean "meal". Meat means Kød ;P I'll say that morningfood is probably more precise because the danish word for meal is måltid.


No, I meant exactly what I wrote. See the first and third meanings in Wiktionary's entry for the word:

  • (now archaic, dialectal) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. [from 8th c.]
  • (now archaic) A meal. [from 9th c.]


Thanks even if its not a l it dose help me remember it so thank you


Does "Morgenmad" literally translate to "Morning meal"?


Most important meal of the day!


That voice pronounce "morgenmad" very strange. Is it how it should be? Cause everytime I hear it slightly different and I'm a little bit confused. I'm afraid that I won't be able clearly speak danish cause I can't do things with my tongue when pronouncing that "d" sound.


Labas, Laima! You have the problems because in LT you don't have this sound at all... If you've heard Latvian L or the Polish hard L it is somewhere a bit similar. Only you put your tongue against your lower teeth and make the sound like you were a bit sick or didn't like smth. Did it help?


Hi, I'm a native PL. Yes, it sounds like our L. It's a bit confusing when seeing letter "d" in the end of the word and hearing "l' sound :)


I am upset I cannot write "Morning food."


Strange how in Norwegian and Swedish, frokost/frukost is breakfast, but in Danish, frokost is lunch, and Morgenmad is breakfast.


I mainly connect this is German, Morgen- morning. And mad in Danish is food. Morning food= breakfast


Sounds like shed eating morgenmad whilst tslking

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