My take on Danish.
Thanks to you guys. I really enjoy this site and I really love German, but i kind of wanted to find a second language to learn, or atleast look at. I deffinitly found it, It's Danish. I messed with spanish, itlaian, french, dutch. But they came and go. Now i'm not downing the culture, the people or any, no. It's amazing work you all did, honestly. But, Danish is something different, something so unique. It's amazing what a community of people can do to change the world. I never thought in a billllllllion years i'd be here partaking in learning Danish. But here I am.
Like i mentioned earlier, i felt the need to find a second language, to "change it up a bit" and learn something outside the box, and i can already tell by looking at the spelling and pronunciation that this will be a very challenging language in that area. I've read a few reviews on the Danish language and "they say" it's alot like German, structure wise, which is nice. I got a a bit of a head start if thats the case.
Anyways, so i just got done with the first five lessons. I like it it. It's crazy weird but not too off. Just the spelling and all that, it's definitely going to be a huge repetitious game, but it will be a nice challenge.
I will still be partaking in the German course, because i love that language, but Danish will be right beside it, soon.
But, i'm going to finish these trees and really stay up on this site now that my life is back to normal. I really want to learn. I will. it'll take me a long time but, i'll get there.
THANKS TEAM DANISH! And ALL contributors to this site from every language around the globe.
I'm still waiting for Danish to fully "click" with me. I think once/if I master the pronunciation it will because their grammar is super easy. Being able to pronounce the language is big with me, it's the reason I haven't tried to learn French or Spanish. Dutch clicked with me immediately though. I love it.
I am really not trying to be mean when I say this. And I really hope that Danish will click with you, but I am not joking when I say that it can take years or a life time to get really good at Danish pronunciation. Maybe you're one of those people who can just nail it, if it's close to your native tongue, but generally it is only Swedish and Norwegian people who are able to really perfect Danish pronunciation.
Anyway, keep going at it, and if you get far enough with the grammar but still struggle with pronunciation, then just reach out to me, and we can do some Skype sessions. This goes for other people as well. :) Danish pronunciation is by far the most difficult part of the language, and is difficult to teach through Duolingo unfortunately.
Yes, the pronunciation is very difficult and I have said elsewhere that I feel like I'm trying to imitate the sounds of stringed instruments - like a harp - very sweet and delicate sounds that might break if I say them too strongly!
According to Satw: Drink a couple of beers, then you speak Swedish, and for Norwegian just start singing after some beers.
Oh, but obviously you have to put a potato in your mouth first, to even get close (if you're not already a Dane) :P
I'm sure that it will. Truth be told, I just need to find some podcasts and listen to them. I learn better how to say words by listening to it spoken (or some good metal bands!). I tend to absorb and retain it better that way. Plus Rumen linked me to some good pronunciation videos so I've been watching those too. I may take you up on that Skype offer one day ;)
Why would you avoid Spanish if you're looking for easy pronunciation? Every letter is always pronounced the same and you can always pronounce a word based on the spelling.
I only got interested in Danish because of Mads Mikkelsen. I watched some of his Danish films and knew in advance the pronunciation would be difficult. I really wasn't sure how into the language I would be when the course opened, but I absolutely love it. Ha, I'll love it even more once I can get the pronunciation down, somewhat. :P
I have Jagten on my Netflix queue but haven't watched it yet (I know it's going to be really emotional, so I keep putting it off, lol). I have watched Efter Brylluppet on Netflix...love that movie! It was the first of his films I watched. :)
You should watch "Blinkende Lygter" (not sure of English title). It's hilarious!
EDITED: I think that is Flickering Lights? I haven't seen it, but want to. I have seen one episode of Rejseholdet (w English subtitles); 7 episodes of Pokerfjaes (without subtitles); and want to find Blomsterfangen and Shake It All About (I don't know the Danish title).
Yes Flickering Lights :)
I haven't even seen those other ones haha. You're doing well indeed!
Yes A Royal Affair is good too ("En Kongelig Affære"). Although I find Mads Mikkelsen very hard to understand :P
I believe it's made from the book "Livlægens Besøg" (directly translated to the personal doctor's visit but I can't believe they would call it something that unwieldy in realty). I quite enjoyed it, in case you ever feel like reading Danish!
Oh, I will have to put that book on my to buy list! Tak! I loved the movie; of course I had subtitles to help me. I've heard some people say that Mads's English is hard to understand because he "mumbles" or because of his accent, but I have no trouble understanding his English (maybe it's because I've watched "Hannibal" so much, and a ton of interviews with him...did I mention I'm slightly obsessed with him? lol)....but I didn't realize that some find his Danish hard to understand even. >.< Well, I guess if I can get to a point where I can understand his Danish, I'll be doing really well.
I'm really hoping I can get to meet him next summer at San Diego Comic Con (there's a good chance he will be there). Ha, I'd like to say something in Danish to him, but I might not even remember how to speak English...I may just be passed out on the floor. lol
Yup that's the one! At least the cover looks like the one I had.
Well I guess if you watch everything with Mads Mikkelsen he becomes easier to understand haha.
A friend of mine has Blinkende Lygter and we're supposed to watch it via Skype eventually.
Here's a Rejseholdet vid on YouTube..this is so funny (imo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srO8w9ugwck
And you can find the first 7 episodes of Pokerfjaes here: http://mikkelsenning.tumblr.com/post/64660376733/a-personal-blog-pokerfjaes-masterpost
Oh, I was thinking that perhaps for the Skype thing, one of these days we could watch A Royal Affair (don't know the Danish title): I have it on Netflix (with English subtitles). I really like that film too.
I know exactly how you feel! I have all the languages (except for Portuguese) to level 2 or higher, but I found out last night that I really like Danish and probably will continue it along with Dutch and Italian :D