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In Danish:

number, spelling, english phonetic pronounciation

10 ti (tee)

11 ellve

12 tolv (tohl)

13 tretten (tr_ahdn)

14 fjorten (fyowrdn)

15 femten (femdn)

16 seksten (saiysdn)

17 sytten (soodn)

18 atten (etdn)

19 nitten (needn)

20 tyve (tooveh)

30 tredive (tr_ahlveh)

40 fyrre (feurh)

50 halvftreds (hahltress)

60 tres (tress)

70 halvfjerds (halfyers)

80 firs (fyers)

90 halvfems

100 et hundrede (hoownul)

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The other day I learnt about the use of ‘the’ and ‘a’

In Danish, the word ‘House’ is ‘hus’

Hus (like the scottish ‘Hoose’)

And when saying ‘a house’ you would say:

et hus (et hoose)

But saying ‘the house’ is written:

huset (hooset)

The ‘et’ moves from the beginning to the end of the word. The ‘oo’ almost has a ‘w’ in there like ‘oow’ but that may just be a dialect thing.

So I expect the use of ‘a’ and ‘the’ to be similar in most other nouns:

Car, chair, door, bag.

en bil, bilen (beel-n)

en stol, stolen (stol-n)

en dør, døren (deuhr-n)

en pose, posen (pouws-n)

 

Danish is apparently quite a hard language to learn, many dialects with their own sounds. Also some Danes can’t really understand others who are from far away, which makes it sound almost impossible to learn :S

However, English is apparently hard as well- missing and silencing letters in words like ‘could’ and ‘duvet’  also the same sound works for two different meanings of words ‘would’ and ‘wood’. One question I have been asked is what is the difference in pronunciation between ‘flour’ and ‘flower’…I don’t think there is.

So to begin with, I have searched ‘learn Danish’ in Google, and there I found a website: http://www.speakdanish.dk/

This looks pretty good, begins with some sentences to give a beginner an example of how the language sounds. With this, and the experience of hearing Danes talking in the real world, you will see how slow the examples are. There is a huge rise in speed when spoken in the real world. One of the sentences is

The question ‘can you help me?’

Written Danish ‘Kan du hjaelp mig?’

Sounds like ‘ka doo yelbeh-miy’

So I will be learning how letters are pronounced as well as which letters will be pronounced!

J is a (y) sound

U is a (oo) sound

G is a (y) sound

 

Sunny but cold!

This is the Gravhojen (Grave hill) which is a big pile of dead Vikings underneath.

But more to the point, from there you can see all about Billund, and the flat too!

Big building at the back with 4 white walls our accomodation 🙂

 

Pictured: Ribe (oldest town in Denmark)

I have opened a new page in the blog 🙂 This is where I will put some of my ventures over Denmark’s towns and Cities!

 

Sorry for the neglectful blog guys, work has been busy but there are a few new post on the way and also Danish lessons will be happening soon. So watch this space! 🙂

As of this post the Great British Pound is worth 8.67 Danish Kroner. This makes calculations about small prices ‘similar to ten times British prices’ For example, a litre of low fat milk is 4.95 DKK (57p in GBP).

Ore, pronounced in English phonetically ‘ouahr’ is the  100th of a Kroner (which makes 50 Ore similar to the 5 pence piece).

Overall in Denmark everything is more expensive compared to Britain and taxes are high. There is a plus side though, the taxes spread monetary equality over the population and there are less ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ people.