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"Jeg er en mand."

Translation:I am a man.

August 30, 2014



The pronunciation is really fast. Does anyone know if you eventually get used to it? Also, thanks for the fantastic tips and notes section.


I started this course as a total beginner in Danish, and I am now on the clothing skill. I must say, you really do get used to the pronunciation very quickly. At first I thought it wasn't pronouncing "en" and "et" at all, but now I hear and understand most sentences perfectly.


Thanks for your reply. Sounds really fast to me for first few hearings.


The Danish pronunciation is really hard. Even we Norwegians find it difficult to understand when a Dane is talking. Our written language is derived from Danish, so we understand most of it. But when it comes to verbal communication I can barely understand what they are trying to say. That explains it all :-)


It goes both ways. As a Dane I often can't understand a word Norwegians say (no trouble reading Norwegian though) and Swedish is practically Greek to me even though people say it shouldn't be.


Both the pronunciation and the speed is actually very close to how a native speaker would say it in this case.

I've received several years of formal education in three different foreign languages (English, German and Spanish), and my experience is that it does get easier with time and practice. When you're a beginner at a language, recognizing the word boundaries is difficult, and that is usually the reason why beginners think it's fast. As vocabulary and familiarity with the phonemes of the target language increase, listening comprehension should also increase :)


As a native Dane, the pronounciation is surprisingly spot on. It can be relied on.


This is really useful. I am a complete beginner and so have felt a bit out of my depth and have worried about mispronouncing things! :/ Thank you for your comment! :)


you can get used to it. Just remember that duolingo is just a bit slower than in real life, and that it cut more words. Danish is a flow, with many words melted together ...


Where did u find the tips and notes section? Am struggling with grammar


The TIPS section can be accessed by clicking on TIPS at the start of each lesson. If you haven't seen that, you probably have a version that has a lightbulb icon instead. It's very helpful!


So 'er' goes for 'is', 'are', and 'am'?


Yep. Swedish and Danish (and I would thus assume Norwegian, given the close relation of the Scandinavian languages) do not conjugate verbs by person-and-number. (Whereas in English, I am, but we are, and he is, but they are.)

So there is no I/you/it/we/y'all/they pattern to learn--everything just 'er'. (Or 'är' in Swedish.)


Duo did not like my pronunciation - and I am danish


I suppose I'm just a few sentences in, but when do we learn about the term "kamelåså?"


"'Kamelåså' is a made-up faux-Danish word by Norwegian comedy show Uti Vår Hage, meant to ridicule the perceived unintelligibility of Danish language (apparently by Danish people themselves as well). Often used by Norwegians to pick on Danes."

I don't think we'll be learning that one. Nice joke, though.



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