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.
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 :-)
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 :)
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.)
"'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.