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Danish books

Hey there! I just started learning Danish last week and I absolutely love it. I know it's maybe a bit early for me as I can't even say "my name is..." In Danish yet, but I was wondering if anyone knows any good books with Danish as the original language that would be useful for people learning Danish to read. I have spent all morning trying to find something that looks good on a Danish bookstore and as someone who is not really a crime fan, I'm stumped.

So, has anyone got any recommendations?

Feel free to post all your recommendations for everyone else here, as for what I'd be interested in:

  • books about Danish nature
  • books about Danish history that aren't too dry but also not totally "americanised" (don't know how else to explain that one, haha)
  • fantasy style books like Harry Potter, etc
  • totally tame books where hardly anyone dies, because I'm a wimp!
  • if it must be a crimi, then one that would be suitable for a wimp just getting into the genre, as from what I can see on the Danish book bestsellers lists, if I want to read Danish books then I'll have to get into them eventually, haha.

Also, and this isn't for me yet as I'm a total newbie to Danish and it'll take me at least two weeks to get through a chapter, but is there any good Danish (or Danish as a second language) online book clubs which people reading Danish can join? It would be a good way of keeping motivated and reading a bunch of stuff one might not usually read (like crimi's, haha). Something for me to aspire to joining as my Danish improves!

Thanks, E.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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You can try http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Ligetil/ which is news written in simple Danish. They also have some other topics and language learning exercises designed primarily for adult immigrants learning Danish language and Danish history and culture.

Kids' picture books are good for beginners.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Smilesbetter

Thanks! I've already started attempting to read the news on that website. I'm very slow, but I'm able to understand some things already which feels like a huge achievement. Thanks very much for posting!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arikasu
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On http://læsbøgeronline.dk/ you can read plenty of children's books online and for free, which should be a pretty good way to learn Danish from scratch :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Smilesbetter

Thanks! This looks great :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Urowarm
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For beginners, I would definitely recommend the children's book "Halfdans ABC" - crooked short rhymes that make you smile. Jakob Martin Strid's children's books are also recommendable.

A book about Danish nature that I like is "Dansk natur" by Michael Stoltze - lots of beautiful pictures, short and easily read texts, and also a bit of history.

For Danish history, "Skalk" would be good. It is periodical (six times per year), but you can also choose to buy older issues seperately. It says the prices are the same world wide on their website (skalk.dk), so I guess you can subscribe from anywhere. Lars Henrik Olsen has written some easy-to-read books of Nordic myths and legends. Maria Helleberg has written many historic novels, often about members of the royal familay For a more complete reading of Danish history, I only know encyclopedias.

For fantasy: try Lene Kaaberbøl

Some other Danish authors of high standard (in my oppinion): Jakob Ejersbo, Jette A. Kaarsbøl, Christian Jungersen, Karen Blixen, Erling Jepsen, Kim Leine. Herbjørg Wassmo and Erlend Loe are both from Norway, but the language translates well into Danish. In general popular books from abroad are translated into Danish.

Two book clubs where you can choose to get the book of the month are: -Gyldendals bogklub (look at "Stærke nordiske stemmer" and "De Gyldne Laurbær" under "inspiration") -Samlerens bogklub

Enjoy the reading!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rushwarp

That was a great list, and I did not know these. Looks like Skalk has lots of interesting books if you are into history. I want to get a cookbook from 1616 and try out some early culinary experiments ;-0) Thanks for the tips!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Smilesbetter

Thanks so much, that's a really good list and I'll definitely check those out!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirifis
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Thanks, I will check Lene Kaaberbol !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joelmagoun
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Here's a bunch of ebooks that are geared towards young adults.

http://www.letbog.dk/

Some of them even have the audio recordings (most of the ones with the recordings are toward the bottom)

Anitas millioner, Krystal-nat, and Mord efter mord were pretty good.

If you want to try Harry Potter, you can buy the ebooks in Danish in the pottermore shop

https://shop.pottermore.com/en_GB/harry-potter-ebooks-danish-dk

but beware, although normally thought of as a childrens' books, you'll find the harry potter books to be a slightly more difficult read than the other books above

(i think you and i already had this conversation, so i know you have this link already, but i'm still going to post this for everyone else)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leo.Learns

The "ebooks with audio recordings" link was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rushwarp

Take a look at iBooks on iTunes (Denmark). You can make a Danish account on the DK site; just leave the payment option as 'None'. There are lots of free Danish books there and reasonably priced cheaper ones too in all genres.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Smilesbetter

Thanks, I've given this a go now following your post although not got any books yet as I have no idea what is gonna be good and what will be absolutely terrible haha. I suppose I may as well take the plunge and get something anyway though! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirifis
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I would like to find a novel too. Not children books (already read the good http://læsbøgeronline.dk ), but adult or teenage ones. Moreover, children books are often very complicated because it uses a lot of fancy expressions. That's the case in French, I would not recommend children books to french beginners. I am also already reading ligetil nyheder on dr.dk , by the way there is a page with weekly exercises.

I think the need here is to find a story in which you can dive, not an article or something you finish in 10 minutes. A novel is very different because there are characters you can follow, a place (would the novel let us explore Copenhaguen or Aarhus ? Or maybe the Jutland?) and then a specific mood that is important to keep interest in reading, and then, get motivated to learn the language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Urowarm
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Besides Lene Kaaberbøl, for youth books try: - Bjarne Reuter ("Zappa" from 1977 and "Drengene fra Skt. Petri" from 1991, both classics).
- Dennis Jürgensen.
- Cecil Bødker's books about "Silas".

A couple of good adult books that I found easy to read (as a native Dane):
Erling Jepsen's books (the setting is always somewhere in Sønderjylland, usually around Gram), first of all: "Kunsten af græde i kor".
Jakob Ejersbo: "Nordkraft" (the setting is in Aalborg).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirifis
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thanks ! I will check them !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CindyD6
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Thanks so much for asking this question. I am on day 63 of learning Danish and the resources here will be great for helping me!

3 years ago

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Jeg hedder (your name)

9 months ago

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I can't seem to get http://læsbøgeronline.dk to work for me, it wants me to sign in but won't let me make an account...

7 months ago