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Danish slang

Hello,

Since Duolingo teaches formal Danish I'm curious to learn words that would help me understand a native speaker like slang words and common expletives. Does anyone know any?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mads-lime
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Hahah, here are the ones that just pop into my mind while I'm writing this:

Nederen; adjective - sucky, used about something or someone that's bad or sucks. "Jeg fik 02 i matematik". "Årh hvor nederen." - "I got an E in maths." "Ugh, that sucks". I actually think this one is taught in the course.

Grineren; adjective - opposite of nederen, something or someone super funny that makes you laugh and have a good time. "Hun er en grineren person." "She's a super fun person (to be around)".

Fed(t); adjective and adverb - technically means fat, but used to describe something awesome. "Festivalen er så fed". "The festival is so awesome"

Syg(t); adjective and adverb - means sick/ill, but carries the same meaning as fedt when spoken in a happy tone of voice.

At være stiv - "to be stiff"; to be drunk on an advanced level. "Bagstiv" - "behind/after stiff" - to still be drunk when waking up after a night of drinking.

Similarly, "tømmermænd" - "wooden men" I guess? Means hangover. Not really able to explain why this is called what it's called, ahaha. Maybe because the headache feels like tiny wooden men knocking around inside your skull.

"Hvad så?" - "what's up?"

That's what I have right now, there are LOTS more, but I can't remember, maybe because they're just "normal" to me :) as for all the alcohol-related terms...I am Danish ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crazychelseablue

Haha thank you! These are great :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimojima
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https://www.duolingo.com/GuybrushThreep
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I think Mojn might be related to the low german word Moin, which is also used throughout the whole day. Only used in the northern areas of Germany. As far as I know it derives from the Frisian word "moi", good. (good morning, day, evening, whatever :D). I didn't know it is used in in Denmark as well, probably a hanse leftover as well :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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I think "mojn" must be used primarily in Southern Jutland. I don't remember hearing it in West Jutland, where I was an exchange student. They did say "Dav/daw/goddav" instead of "gooddag" in West Jutland.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Synryo
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I can confirm this, I lived in Southern Jutland for a year; its a very localized expression.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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"Hold din kæft / hold kæft mand!" - "Shut up"

"Sej(t)" - "Cool" "Det er for sejt! - That is so cool!"

"Pissefuld" - "Piss drunk"

"At tisse" slang for "At pisse" - "To pee" "Jeg skal tisse!" - "I need to pee!"

"At drikke sig fuld" "To get drunk (drink oneself drunk)" "Vi drikker os fulde i aften." "we're getting drunk tonight."

"At have det sjovt" - "To have fun" "Har det sjovt!" - "Have fun!"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyDraper

My favourite slang word is 'træls', it's means tiresome or irritating. "Det er træls!"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoneC
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"Træl" is an old word meaning "slave", so "træls" actually means that it is the slave's work - hence the meaning that it is something that is boring and bothersome.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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This one is taught in the course!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyDraper

Sweet!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hermasetas

We also use a lot of English words and expressions mixed into Danish sentences :) The most difficult thing about slang in Denmark is probably how much we shorten down words.. For example most people shorten "ikke" to " ik' ". "Jeg har det ik' " (I don't have it) But only when spoken! :) In general we try to fit as many words into the shortest amount of time possible :P

3 years ago