A year and a half ago, I knew very little about Denmark. I knew it was a Scandinavian country, that one of my favourite bands originated from there and a girl I was friends with on Myspace taught me how to say ‘Ryan Ross is hot.’ in Danish but other than that, I really was clueless (I wasn’t even aware that Lego was Danish)
Since meeting my boyfriend, Morten a year and a half ago, I have decided that I will be learning Danish and moving to Denmark sometime within the next few years.
Am I crazy, you ask? Well, obviously.
Something I was not aware of before beginning to learn Danish? It is ridiculously hard.
Now maybe it’s just my ignorant English genes taking effect- after all, I did three years of German and struggle to remember what the translation for ‘tennis’ is (Hint- it’s ‘tennis’) but there’s also the fact that well, pronunciation and grammar rules seems to change constantly. Even Morten struggles to explain how or why something is said the way it is and well, when a Danish person can’t tell you, it leaves you a little bit screwed.
It states on aboutworldlanguages.com that it should take between 23-24 weeks or 575-600 class hours to learn Danish. Well. Apart from making me feel like a bit of a failure, whether or not it’s true, I feel a little more determined to try and get somewhere before the end of the year.
Every week I will chronicle my progress on this blog via written article or Vlogging.
Now my biggest enemy when it comes to the Danish language is the pesky letter R. Oh R, how I hate thee. I am not very good at that guttural rolling R sound so I have developed a system. The letter R does now not exist in Danish. What colour is that fire truck? It’s the colour of love, the colour of Danger…I’ll just become very creative at coming up with new ways of describing R words!
But seriously, once I master evil Mr R, I will feel as though I have conquered something in my quest to learn Danish!
So basically, I am looking for as much help as possible- any Danish person that can shed some light on stuff, I would be very grateful! Morten seems a little confused by a lot of stuff so if anyone else can explain what the hell is going on with your language, I would love you very much!