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Duolingo is school-- Netflix is homework.

For all those learning Danish, I've been trying to supplement my Danish practice on here with movies and tv shows from Denmark on Netflix. There's this show called Rita about a bad ass teacher at a private school who does what she wants when she wants. And I'm into it.

Of course the Danish is still way too advanced for me to follow without English subtitles, but it's really cool that so much of the vocabulary I'm learning on here is showing up left and right in the show, and I've been able to parse out at least 50 or so words I've learned so far. And the way Danish is spoken sounds so different from how it's written, so it's great to have a secondary point of reference to improve listening skills-- actual conversations and not just isolated phrases and sentences.

Also I'm learning a lot of curse words, which is an added skill lingots can't buy.

Love me some Rita. Get it, girl.

September 24, 2014



Being born and raised in Denmark, a small country in a big world, I find this really touching and also guite freaking amazing. I've always thought of my home country to be such a little place compared to the world; so that to see that someone else is so interested and engaged into learning our language and learning about our country is really joyfull to me! I'm glad you enjoy Rita, I have only watched it a couple of time since I dont live in Denmark anymore and therefore dont have danish television. I really do recommend those same movies as ThomsenLouise. They really are some of what makes us danes; danes. I really couldnt imagine my childhood without "Far til fire" or "Olsen-Banden"! I wanna recommend all the "Min Søsters Børn" movies as well. They two have played an importnant role in many danish kids lifes ever since the first came in 1967. It's a bit similar to "Far Til Fire" and I remember enjoying them ever since I was a kid. I also wanna recommend ALL movies with the actor Dirch Passer; he is the funniest, most fantastic actor that have ever been in the danish film industry if I should say it myself. He was like a danish Jim Carrey. I always laugh when we see the old classics at home. And if you enjoyed him and his movies I recommend you see the movie "Dirch" which is a biography of him, his life and carrier as an actor and comedian. Others I recommend you watching is "Busters Verden" (Based on the famous danish writer Bjarne Reuter's childrensbook), "Gummi Tarzan" (based on another famous danish writer Ole Lund Kirkegaard's childrensbook) and "Unge Andersen" (A biography on the most famous author ever in Danish litterature history; H. C. Andersen.) You can find other danish movies here: http://www.danskefilm.dk/

Have fun! :)


Dirch Passer was amazing. Such a passionate actor.


Hej! I'm Danish and I think it's so amazing (and really quite touching) that people are interested in our language and or culture. When speaking of tv and movies I would recommend that you check out the following: Matador (the biggest tv show in Danish history. The story takes place from 1929-1947, so it covers the Nazi occupation among other things), Forbrydelsen (The Killing? I think that's what they call it in the UK anyways), Borgen (Political drama), Midt Om Natten (The soundtrack is the best selling album in Danish history), Olsenbanden (legendary film series about these amateur bank robbers), Flammen og Citronen (Film about the Danish resistance movement), Hvidstengruppen (also about the Resistance), Krummerne (family-fun film series), Far til Fire (family-fun film series, with two reboot series in its wake), and yeah tonnes of others. Have fun on your Danish learning journey friend!


Thanks for the recommendations! I've only seen Borgen and Forbrydelsen out of all of those so that gives me quite a lot to watch :)


Here's a catalogue of movies/series on Netflix with good subtitles, sorted by language: http://languagelearningwithnetflix.com/catalogue.html

Also, here's an extension that adds bilingual subs, pop-up dictionary, and improved playback control: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lln-language-learning-wit/hoombieeljmmljlkjmnheibnpciblicm


I just started watching it tonight. I'm only one episode in and I already love it. I wish there were more than 8 episodes. I'll end up watching them all too fast lol


Thank you I'll be checking this out later!


Thanks, I'm looking forward to finding these-thanks ThomsenLouise too


Thank you for sharing. I plan to keep these in mind as I advance further in Danish. I am currently in the process of brushing up German after taking it to the advanced level in college, but a recent ancestral discovery also has me learning everything I can of all the Germanic Languages (German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, etc), so I was very happy to see Danish started and Swedish coming along sometime in October. It has been pleasant to find that initial learning on all the Germanic Languages comes much easier with past knowledge of German, so I look forward to working with each of them and at least becoming conversational soon. Duolingo Danish has been great so far. :)


I've watched about 2 eps so far. Started week before last, then watched another last week. With that sort of schedule I should just commit myself to watching one ep a week, right? Haha. Hopefully I'll understand more with each ep.


Thanks for sharing Rita with us :D I've been using this Danish news website. They have lots of articles and short news clips. Though I cant understand much of what they say, it helps hearing Danish spoken anyway. And I've learned so many new words from reading headlines.


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    I started watching Rita yesterday and I've finished the first season. I understand most of it and the subtitles help me. Do you have any suggestions on how I can possibly learn newer words which might be useful? It would help me absorb things better from other shows as well.

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