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So tell me, why Danish?

For those of you who are learning Danish and it's your main language (Or like me for the time being, only language) why Danish?

For me~ I have studied Spanish in my American school from grade 9-11 in Missouri, then I moved to Florida when I was in 11th grade and Missouri Spanish =/= Florida Spanish (Still love you, Missouri!) so I switched to Japanese for my senior year.

I used to do Spanish on here on my old account but I sort of found my heart wasn't in it anymore. I mean, I felt the lessons were too slow since I knew enough to get most of it, but not enough to have a great fluidity in it so I needed to be at the level I was at. I thought I'd enjoy learning a whole new language.

I wanted to stick with Duolingo, because it's a great program... and free! Perfect. Otherwise I may have been interested in Japanese again since one year (really, only 9 months) really can't teach me enough to get as bored as I did with Spanish.

Originally, I thought I'd like French, and I am moving to England in 3 months, so French could be a good one to learn. My fiance said after our wedding in 2016 we'd honeymoon in Paris, so I thought it'd be nice to be able to get around a bit, but then he started acting all sterotypical English and saying that the English don't like the French so why would he want me learning that. (Grump). So, I looked over what Duolingo offered...

Spanish- No, too boring and I won't do it. French- No, hubby doesn't really like France Irish- Hubby hates Ireland worse... Italian- Similar to Spanish German- Not really feeling it, though I am of German heritage. Gran is very proud of that... Portuguese- I work at a Orlando theme park...Noooooo >_< I have had enough Portuguese to last me a life time (though they are such lovely people, but boy do they make us poor theme park employees crazy). Dutch- Hmm...maybe? Danish- Hmm...maybe?

I always wanted to visit that part of the world. I love the cold weather and would like a trip to Scandinavia or the Netherlands someday. (This was something I thought before Frozen was such a huge explosion. I just found that part of Europe to be so beautiful and the people that come from there are just so stunning). So, the question was, which one?

I looked the two up online, because I really want to put some time and effort into learning one of them. I found that people felt Dutch would be easier for a native English speaker to learn because it's the same language family...fair enough. However, if I learned Danish I'd have an easier time with Swedish and Norwegian too (though, it is noted that people feel this is more the case in written from rather than spoken). I felt that opened my options a little bit, as far as places I'd like to visit (though if given the chance I'd go almost anywhere in the world!)

So, I thought, Danish it is! And, that is why I want to learn Danish.

So, why did you pick Danish?

October 10, 2014



I picked Danish because I want to do all of the Duo languages. :) Danish is similar to Norwegian, so it's quite easy for me. I've also gotten more used to Danish when I was in the Faroe Islands, although their main language is Faroese. I tested already through a third of the tree just by answering the questions as if they were Norwegian. That's how close Norwegian and Danish are in the written languages! The hardest part of Danish Duo for me is, by far, the listening exercises. By the way, your post was freaky for me because I live in Missouri, and when my little sister was in 11th grade, she moved to Florida. Crazy coincidence. :)


I noticed a lot of people are doing all of them, or a lot. I think I am best focusing one one at a time. Make sure I have the dedication. Once I move I can't work for six months so this would be nice to have something going on. My fiance may not want me to not pay attention to him though, so that may be a tad hard. We shall see.

I take it you speak Norwegian fluently, or close to? I have seen that Danish is pretty similar to many of those languages spoken in that area. That is good because I am more visual at this than audio. I was struggling a tad until I wrote stuff down and saw that patterns. I guess I will never speak it well though. Good thing the bloke below said they speak English there a lot though. Haha.

Where in Missouri are you?! I grew up near St. Louis (O'Fallon, if you know it.) I am in Orlando now. Why did your sister come here?

Good luck with all your languages girly!


Haha, well, just see how it goes. :) You can always add more and play around. I enjoy dabbling with many languages, but I find I only ever get to fluency by concentrating on one language. And the easiest way to do that is to plan a trip (motivation is so high when you have something solid in the works) and then actually immersing myself... a week... three months... however long I can get.

Yes, I speak Norwegian and also Faroese fluently. Faroese is Scandinavian, so still related, but more distantly and is harder than the others. Norwegian and Danish are pretty easy to learn to read and write, but Danish is actually quite a bit harder, pronunciation-wise. If it wasn't for how awesome Duo is, I would definitely recommend Norwegian over Danish.

I am at Lake of the Ozarks at the moment, just graduated from the University of Missouri. I grew up in St. Louis and went to Parkway West. :) After I started at university, my parents and sister moved to Tampa. And now, the creepiness continues, my dad is moving to England in three months... and I have half a mind to follow him over the pond. :D


My fiance just told me he'd like to learn German with me, so I guess we can do German later. :) For now, I like Danish although I am convinced I can never speak it well. My ear is not that trained yet either, but I am only basic 2. I learned "tak" today due to the Skype group! :) I can't exactly plan a trip yet, but, I do plan to visit that area one day. I have motivation right now because I think it'd be great to learn a language so rare...well, In the US and where I live. I don't think too many people speak Danish outside of that area to be honest.

I think once I see if I can keep up with the Danish I will maybe learn some more Scandinavian languages. I hear a lot of good about Norwegian, but as I said, I picked Danish mostly to have some ability to get by in Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries...even if not verbally. I haven't gotten to actually having to speak Danish yet, but even trying to tell people here who have no idea if I am wrong...it's hard.

I was just at the Lake of the Ozarks! My grandmother lives there so I was visiting before I moved. I went to North High in O'Fallon until 11th grade. And Tampa is really close to Orlando, really. An hours drive, maybe? I think your family is just following me. :x Haha. You ever make it to Leicester, after January, we should maybe meet up and speak Danish to each other with our horrid pronunciation!


I was duped into taking the Danish course. Just kidding!

My buddies and I intend to put a trip to the Faroe Islands next year. The countries we would like to cover on the way are UK, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. I'd already started doing German and Dutch, so I thought I'll learn Danish too so that I'd be able to communicate decently by then in all countries.

And then one day I read that around 90% of Danes can communicate well in English! But, I'm still pursuing it because of a Nelson Mandela quote I consider relevant for language studies:

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his native language, that goes to his heart.

So basically I intend to touch the hearts of lots of Danish chicks.. ;) :P

Cheers all!


Oh, really, the Faroes! :) Awesome. Then you should learn Faroese!


I should! I've collected some materials over the last few weeks. Will start after I complete the Danish tree.


Haha... you're funny. I like you.

I think your reasoning is really cool, actually. I know a lot of people are taking all the languages on here, and more power to them for it, but I think the stories behind why people select specific languages on her are a bit more interesting. Looks like you're enjoying German the best?

I may do Dutch once I finish Danish, or if I get advanced enough in Danish to consider another language. But I don't want to take on too much. Are you finding Dutch easier?

I think that quote is amazing! I love it. I think that while many people may speak the language you speak, if you make the effort it shows them worlds about you and they are often so willing to help you. It's easier if you are both fluid in at least one language together so you can clear up things, but I think you're awesome for making the efforts at least.

Good luck with the Danish chicks. Like I said, the people from that part of the world are stunning. Were I not engaged I'd be inclined to touch the hearts of some people myself. I am equal opportunist, as it were, so I may touch many many hearts...were I single.



Yeah, I like the German course here a lot although the Danish course is a hoot too! With regards to Dutch, I found myself rather confused as I started doing the lessons. I started mixing up part English or German words into my sentences. So, I'll have to keep a wary eye as I move forward...

I absolutely agree about finishing one course before moving onto the next. It makes understanding the language much more easier.

And also, Congratulations on your engagement!


My fiance just tole me he'd like to learn German with me, so I think we will do that later. Right now I am happy with just Danish. I think it would be a bit confusing to use all the languages and mix up the words, like you explained. Just take is at a good pace and I am sure you will be fine. :)

Good luck on your language adventures and thank you! :) Only 3 weeks left until the big day!


Amazing song! Thank you for the share.


I'm sorry, I don't like Danish because I cannot pronounce it. Dutch was hard enough to pronounce, but at least I could imitate a reasonable approximation of it. And it is phonetically spelled. With Danish, I frequently come across words that I cannot even imitate. There are lots of glottal stops, which give it a sort of comical sound, and these are not written. There are also plenty of silent consonants and words that are not spelled as they sound (even according to the rather complex Danish phonetic rules). I've decided to abandon Danish and wait for Swedish. It's got to be better! BTW, I have completed French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Dutch, but nothing that would prepare me for the perils of Danish.


Norwegian is basically Danish pronounced more sensibly. :)


Ah! You took a shot and that is all anyone can ask, right? :) Sorry that you didn't like Danish but I hope when Swedish comes you are better off. I think I gave up hope of ever saying it right, but I think I'd like to at least read and write it myself. I am still in baby phases though. I liked all the languages when they were new. Except Mandarin. I never really liked it much, but it was my grandparents who wanted me to learn it, not me. I tried Spanish, Japanese, and ASL. (None on here but Spanish).

Congrats on all your successes in the other languages! I am impressed.


You'd probably like Swedish a lot better, it's spoken the way it is written, and I see the course is set to be completed very soon.


I am a Jehovah's witness, and I really want to preach the good news in Denmark


Wow! That is amazing. I am sure they would love to heat the message. :)


1 - With any luck, the world will begin to follow Denmark's lead, and it will be interesting to see where they're heading. 2 - Forbrydelsen!- and other Danish TV shows I hope will be available on CD. 3 - Krimier. Mysteries are a product of a basically decent society, where law-breaking is looked on as aberrant, not the norm. I figure it's a good sign that everybody in Denmark seems to have written one. 4 - Free downloads of audiobooks from DR.! 5 - A whole new history I know nothing about, leading to a problem to work on for the next few decades: how did a history including the Vikings end up producing such a sane society? Are Vikings a necessary element in the formation of a just society? 6 - The spelling is more consistent than English, and the pronunciation is not nearly as bad as Arabic. 7 - There's an excellent online dictionary available. 8 - They offer free online lessons in Danish for immigrants (and foreign free-loaders). 9 - Kierkegaard. 10 - You only have to learn how to spell two male names and one female name to be able to write about all the kings and queens.


The languages I'm currently studying now are German and Danish (though I've already finished the German tree, so I don't use Duolingo for it that much anymore, I just keep my tree golden and sometimes translate something). So, I had finished my German tree and I wanted to try something else. Danish wasn't out yet, so I refreshed my (poor) French a bit and then tried Dutch when it was released in beta. I like the language - I'm going to pick it up again in the future - but it is very close to German, and since my German isn't great yet (and at the time it was worse) I found myself starting to confuse the two languages.

Scandinavian (and all the Germanic languages in general) have always fascinated me, they're so different from my native one (Italian) but at the same time very similar to English and German, and I like how they sound. So, as soon as Danish was released I began the course and I'm loving it so far. :)


I have never made it to a high level on Duolingo, but you think that it's pretty good at maybe helping you to be proficient in the languages, maybe? I see German is your best. Your English is amazing. Did you learn it all on this site? I heard Dutch was close to German. That is pretty awesome though. Do you like Danish, and feel it's easier to learn while you also learn Dutch?

I think it is interesting how Scandinavian languages are so unique yet so similar to my own (English). I love the sound of them and I like the Duolingo course. I hated Spanish because it was so harsh and didn't leave room for small mistakes, but Danish course seems a little more forgiving. I leave the "e" of "kvinde" a lot. Oops.


I didn't learn English on Duolingo, I've been studying it at school for almost 12 years and what helped me most was listening to music and watching TV series or movies (all of this of course in English). On the other hand, Duolingo was my primary source for German, at least until I completed the tree. Now I'm still using it to strengthen my skills, but at the moment my main learning source for German are videos (which are still hard to understand, I mean, I get the gist of what is said but I miss many details), songs and blog posts. All I want to say with this is that the level doesn't really matter: at the beginning one should try to complete the tree and remember what was taught, this may happen at level 13, 18, or even 25.

Yeah, Dutch is very close to German (and also to English), though I'm not currently learning it. I really like Danish and it's easier compared to German, I think that knowing some German is helping me with some words because they have the same origin - this would be probably true if one knew Dutch as well - though sometimes it's confusing: for instance, "er" in Danish is the present of the verb "to be", but in German it means "he". It happened to me more than once to write "er" in place of "han", especially if I'm not really thinking about what I'm writing.

Anyway I'd suggest learning one language at once, unless you have a lot of time to dedicate to that. It's better to start with a second language when you have learnt at least the basics of the first one. :)

Scandinavian languages are great and I don't know if I'll be able to wait once Swedish is released... :) Well, I don't know what mistakes you used to make in Spanish, maybe they changed the meaning of the sentence (like in French, if you don't type the "e" where they are supposed to be, you may change the gender of the word... it was frustrating because in the listening is hard to tell). Sometimes in Danish I write "d"s in place of "g"s (or vice versa) but it generally counts as a typo and I'm glad of that!


I picked danish because Denmark is beautiful. I also love the sound of it, and I wanted originally to learn Norwegian but this is what came to Duo first, so it is what I learnt, and it is almost like mispronounced, misspelled Bokmål(or the other way around)


I have never been to Denmark, but I imagine it's just stunning. I think all the countries in that region are. I think if and when Norwegian comes to Duolingo I'd like to maybe pick that one up too. It seems like one a lot of people are saying is a good one to know if you like Danish.

Good luck on your Danish and all the languages I see up there. :)


Danish and Norwegian are very similar written languages, the bigger difference between the two is in the pronunciation. So you're kind of learning both.


I'm a philosophy graduate student, so in my case it is to be able to read and study Kierkegaard in the original, and also to be able to read other important figures from his historical context that are unlikely to receive English translations.

As a plus, I think the language is beautiful (it sounds a bit like Swiss German, which I also love the sound of). Though in my primary usage I won't really be hearing or speaking it.


Oh wow! That is amazing. I think it'd be amazing to read documents in their original language as well. I have a degree in sociology and I think being able to read things from a society in their tongue would explain a lot. Many translations lose the actual meaning, you know?

I feel while I'd like to speak it, I may only be really any good at reading and writing Danish, but I am okay with that. I never felt a small thing like that should hold me back from learning. I just know when I listen to the Danish lady talk on here I can't tell the difference between Dreng, drenge, and drengen, and drengene...and that is just one word. >_< Man, context clues will be great when I get higher up. haha.


My SO is Danish, so while we communicate in English most of the time, when I visit, I would like to be able to get around.


Very good! It must be nice to have someone to help you practice. :)


I want to be able to speak with my mother and family who are from Denmark.


I am a native Dutch speaker, and after years of French and Spanish classes, I find that I'm more of a Germanist. I picked Danish because I like Scandinavia and because I wanted to learn something from scratch on Duolingo (I already have some notions of German), and so far it has been exhilarating. Jeg spiser brød og drikker vand ;)


I picked it to make it easier to learn Old Norse xD


Haha. That is the best reason ever. Where are you going to use Old Norse?


Nowhere haha xD I do want to fandub How To Train Your Dragon into Old Norse, though, since it is the language it would be in if it was in real life. I'm a bit too much of a fangirl... :3


There is no such thing as too much of a fan. Good luck! When you finish I want to see. :D


I also started with Spanish. Living in the US it seems like the obvious second language to pick but I also couldn't ignite passion with it. I like European history in general but my favorite areas to read about are Celtic and Norse history. My family is from Ireland so I started with Irish. I finished the Irish tree and I love it but after reviewing the same things on here over and over was losing its fun so I decided to switch it up. I would really like to start the Swedish course but while that's still in Phase 1 I went to the closest thing, Danish. I hear that a lot of it carries over so maybe once they release Swedish I'll have a good head start from the Danish.


Yes, I really hope to continue with the Scandinavian languages once I finish Danish. I think I will try Dutch, but I am sure Swedish will be done in time. I am sure I won't use it, but once I move to England I will be much closer. :) There is a better chance.

And, while Spanish is great I just feel it's nice to have a grip on, but it's not anything I will ever really know. I find Danish much easier for me.


I went travelling around South America and with the help of Duolingo I learnt Spanish on my way around. In my opinion it is the best app in the world. I also used Duolingo to learn some Brazilian for my time in Brazil. I came home tried my hand at French which I still do. I am now at university studying international business management and I am going to study in Barcelona and Copenhagen next year so I want to go there and immerse myself into the culture and meet as many people as I can! Best of luck with your Danish as well, want a race to finish the tree :)


I think Duolingo is amazing! I feel the lessons are actually really nice. I tried Rosetta Stone for Chinese, but I think it's too immersive and there isn't a slow enough introduction to the language. I know they want you to learn it like a baby learns it, but the thing about that is that your brain doesn't think like that when you're this old. Good luck on your travels! Let me know when you finish a tree. I am going sort of slow, but I will have more time soon enough.


I am a Dutch student, and I am going to Copenhagen in April to write my Master's thesis. Although I will communicate in English with the people I'll work with, it is nice to know some Danish for when I am out in the city. Dutch is actually pretty similar to Danish, weren't for the weird pronunciation of the Danes. When I get written exercises I nail them, but once the speech synthesizer starts talking I am confused in a few seconds. However, I will stay strong an hopefully one day I will get what they are saying. Up until then I will just make my best guesses ;).


Take a look at the http://www.book2.eu site - a free audio course. I used it for starting Danish, and after a while, the pronunciation began to seem fairly simple. Or at least, regular, which means you have a fighting chance, unlike in English. Using "g" for the second component in both -ai and -au diphthongs, for example, takes a little getting used to, but the stød is actually optional (the Book2 speaker doesn't use it) and that helps, too. Frankly, I've been surprised at not having all that much difficulty with the listening exercises here - I'll have to listen more carefully for the half-swallowed endings, though.


Thanks for the website, I will certainly take a look at it!


That is a great reason. :) I noticed a lot of people are going to Denmark. I hope I get my chance one day. I heard Dutch was similar, though, I haven't taken that course and I don't know it. I can hear Danish pretty well, but I fear to speak it. :x I still have too much english emphasis. Keep trying though! Worse comes to worse you will be able to read it pretty well. Haha. Also, try writing stuff down on your own. Oddly enough that helped me, and it even helps with some of the context.


I picked Danish because I was in Denmark at summer school and I very enjoyed that. Also I sometimes feel that I know English enough, not the best though. I can talk about everything with everyone and describe everything, and sometimes read some book or tutorial, that's what I need. When I was getting bored at English lesson I told myself that I should begin some new languages. I started with Danish and repeat my German basics from elementary school and I am very happy :) Instead of playing PS3 or something when I am bored, I just turn on duolingo and do xp by xp. It's like some online game, instead of fake feel of success is there that real feel of success though.

The summer school is in Horsens, that's pretty small city, but with quite buzzing night center. Price of the school was about 400USD, including tuition fee, modest living and some deposit. Now you saying to yourselves "oh that must been very short for that price" actually it was 3 weeks. The whole stay was about 1000 USD. There was many courses, English, some courses about money, architecture and engeneering :) I can only recommend.

In Denmark I saw many nice girls, that's why I want to learn it.. haha, and also because I would like to return there!! And get little drunk or smoked in Kobenhavn


that sounds really cool. How can I enroll in that course?


http://www.viauc.com/horsens/programmes/summerschools/Pages/summerschool.aspx check this, i think u can enroll since february or later maybe, i enrolled myself in the end of june :D after deadline and it was ok, I picked web engeneering so thats maybe why i could join them, because there wasnt so much people.. I can recommend stay at project rooms if you prefer lot of fun :) there were people who stayed with one person, some were alone and i was with five guys so it was total fun!! tell me if you are joining then :) and dont be afraid!! the school is super modern, like a CIA office ;D


thanks! i'll look into it


Well I did Danish cause I want to learn every language on duolingo and I thought I could speak Danish in a few months out of my way in Italian.


Because of the Danish cinema and TV Shows. I wanted to understand how a little country can achieve such a huge performance. And then I find out that you are the happiest people in the world. I was so intrigued. And I love everything that I know about you, people: your beer, Thomas Vinterberg, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Kirkegaard, Susanne Bier, the dark humor, Henning Larsen... I can go on for at least one hour. But I prefer to see a new episode from Forbrydelsen. ;)


My family emigrated from Denmark several generations ago. We still hold many Danish traditions and our heritage is very important to us. Much of the Danish speakers in my family have passed away and the younger generations were never taught to speak it, so I decided to learn to keep the spirit of our family history alive and connected with my ancestors. There are many proud Danish-Americans in America!

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