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"Jeg vil gerne købe et natbord."

Translation:I would like to buy a night table.

November 17, 2014



maybe night stand should be a better translation? Never have I heard of a night table...


I have heard people commonly refer to it as a Night side table. Which I would imagine would be super confusing to anyone not familiar with side table and night stand


Bedside table it is


I doubt it is an American influence, as night stand seems pretty universal here. Perhaps we can blame it on the Australians.


Nope, you can't blame us. We call it a bedside table.


What is a night table, a small table that you use next to your bed?


Yes, I think it would be a "bedside table" in British English


An Ngram search shows that bedside table table is by far the most common than the other two options.


We don't say 'night table' in British English, but you are correct in that we say 'bedside table'.


Well, whether it's Brit. English or not, I've certainly heard "night table" used in England. It could be because of American influence though. We do tend to pick up the odd word now and then, especially near an American air base, or mutual co-existence such as Brit. and American forces stationed nearby each other, or Brits working in U.S.A coming home with a richer vocabulary, cowboy films, advertisements, etc., etc.


How would he pronounce "et netbord"? The Danish a/e is confusing (one of the confusing things in pronunciation).


There is a difference in sound between "net" and "nat".
For me the A in "nat" is close to the A in "anvil" and the E in "net" is close to how Canadians is often portrayed saying "eh"

nat: https://forvo.com/word/nat/#da
net: https://forvo.com/word/net/#da


Thank you for the link. I find the model pronunciation for "nat" in your link more distinctive from "net" (than "nat" in Duolingo"). I asked my wife and daughter to listen to the Duolingo sentence, and both of them said it is "netbord". I would like to ask "the person who has invented the present Danish pronunciation" why to make "a" in some cases so close "e", as you still have a variant of "a" that is clearly distinctive. I would like to give a benevolent piece of advice to reform the Danish language a little bit (back towards Proto-Scandinavian) and use clearly different forms of every vowel (and reduce the repertoire of sounds for a single letter). :)

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