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Helligtrekongersdag: The Feast of Epiphany in Denmark

Epiphany in Denmark

Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, in Denmark is a Christian holiday celebrated by the religious and non-religious alike. In this article, you’ll learn how the Danish celebrate Epiphany and the stories behind this festive holiday.

At DanishClass101.com, it’s our goal to make every aspect of your language-learning journey both fun and informative—starting with this article!

Are you ready? Let’s get started and delve into the Danish version of the Epiphany holiday.

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1. What is Epiphany in Denmark?

Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Christ Jesus as a divine being to those around him. In Denmark, this holiday specifically focuses on the visit of the three wise men, or Magi, to witness the birth of Jesus and present him with gifts of gold (guld), frankincense (røgelse), and myrrh (myrra). For this reason, Epiphany in Denmark is also known as Three Kings Day.

In some other cultures, especially in the East, Epiphany focuses more on the baptism of Jesus than the three Magi. It’s thought that the baptism of Jesus marked the time of the “epiphany” of the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

In Denmark, Epiphany is not a public holiday. In 1770, Epiphany was abolished as an official church holiday.

2. Feast of the Epiphany Date

Wise Men Figurines

Each year, the Danish celebrate Epiphany on January 6.

In Denmark, the day before Epiphany is known as Epiphany Eve, or Twelfth Night. The twelve days of Christmas begin on December 25 (Christmas Day) and conclude with Epiphany.

3. Epiphany Customs and Traditions in Denmark

Removing Christmas Decorations

On Epiphany Eve, Danish people smide juletræet ud, or “throw out the Christmas tree,” and fjerne julepynt, or “remove Christmas decorations.” This is thought to ward off bad luck. They then light three candles, or a single Three Kings candle, that represent the three wise men. When the candles burn out, it symbolizes the end of the Christmas season and marks the beginning of preparation for Lent.

In many churches, particularly Catholic churches, Epiphany is celebrated with special services. However, this holiday is important to Protestants as well.

Even non-religious persons participate in celebrations and services on Epiphany as a way to pay their respects and learn more about Christian culture. Many churches hold educational services that teach attendees about the birth of Jesus and the visit of the Magi.

For Epiphany, Denmark enjoys a range of good foods. Some of the most popular Danish dishes include pickled herring (marinerede sild), pickled gherkin (asie), and rullepølse, which is a type of rolled sausage. And the Epiphany holiday wouldn’t be complete without some mulled wine and desserts like cookies and jam!

4. A Word About These Danish Desserts

Since Denmark has a very diverse production of fruits and berries, there’s a huge level of jam production. In old times, jam was an important source of vitamins during winter. Many Danes still produce homemade jams and marmalades. The flavors are very different from house to house.

Many people have probably seen or received the famous tin can with a Danish picture on the front filled with sweet butter cookies. The biggest brand in Denmark is made by the Kelsen group. They distribute and sell cookie tins to over 110 countries. Danes produce and consume large amounts of cookies during the Christmas season.

5. Essential Danish Vocabulary for Epiphany

Gold

Ready to review some of the vocabulary words we covered in this article? Here’s some Danish vocabulary you should know for Epiphany!

  • Helligtrekongersdag — “Epiphany”
  • Guld — “Gold”
  • Helligtrekongerslys — “Epiphany candle”
  • Smide juletræet ud — “Throw out the Christmas tree”
  • Fjerne julepynt — “Remove Christmas decorations”
  • Helligtrekongers-optog — “Twelfth parade”
  • Vise mænd — “Wise Men”
  • Røgelse — “Frankincense”
  • Myrra — “Myrrh”
  • Helligtrekongersaften — “Twelfth Night”

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, and to read them alongside relevant images, be sure to check out our Danish Epiphany vocabulary list!

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about the Feast of Epiphany with us.

Do you celebrate Epiphany in your country? If so, do traditions there vary from those in Denmark? We look forward to hearing from you!

If you’re interested in learning more about Danish culture, or want a few more wintery words to get you through the next couple of months, you may find the following pages useful:

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The Danish Calendar: Talking About Dates in Danish

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Did you know there are many different types of calendars?

As you probably know - a calendar is a system of organizing days in weeks and months for specific purposes, according to Wikipedia.

Worldwide, most countries use the Gregorian calendar. Some just work on the same framework, meaning that time is divided into units based on the earth’s movement around the sun - the “solar calendar”. Other calendars keep time by observing the moon’s movements, a combination of the moon and the sun’s movements, and seasons.

Through DanishClass101, you can learn all about this and so much more! Our themed, culturally relevant lessons are skillfully designed so you can do your planning perfectly for a holiday or a date.

Having a good plan for a visit or a trip is like studying well for an exam. You’re just so much better prepared! For that, you could well need specific phrases to plan around appointments and such, especially on business trips. Make sure to use the charts we provide here with the days of the week in Danish, as well as the months in Danish to navigate your way as you plan. Great resources!

Also - always remember to have fun!

Table of Contents

  1. Why Will It Help To Know How To Talk About Dates in Danish?
  2. Talking About your Plans
  3. Can DanishClass101 Help You In Other Ways Too?

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1. Why Will It Help To Know How To Talk About Dates in Danish?

Days of the Week

Well, that’s not a difficult question to answer. No matter why you’re travelling, it would be best to at least know the names of days and months in Danish. You don’t want to miss your flight or an appointment because you confused “fredag” (Friday) with “lørdag” (Saturday)! Or maybe you planned a holiday for “juli” (July), but you booked a flight for “juni” (June) by accident!

Avoid this confusion by learning the Danish calendar before you leave.

Now, as promised, the 15 phrases to help you make and discuss plans.


2. Talking About your Plans

Months of the Year

Perhaps you’re working in Denmark, or maybe you’re enjoying a prolonged holiday. Fabulous! Memorize these phrases so you can be sure to successfully negotiate meetings, appointments, dates, events, the list goes on!

1. Hvad skal du i weekenden?

“What are you doing this weekend?”

This question is usually a preamble to inviting someone somewhere. Given that it’s over the weekend, it probably means a casual get-together or another social event. (But not necessarily! A manager or boss could also ask this for entirely different reasons.)

It’s a handy phrase to know when you’ve made Danish or expat friends in the country. Or, be the one doing the inviting. Then train your ear to learn the following phrases so you can understand the response.

2. Jeg rejser i weekenden.

“I am traveling this weekend.”

This could be a reply if you’re not available because you’re doing other fun stuff.

No matter why you are visiting Denmark, do take the time to explore the country! It’s beautiful and it has so many wonderful, interesting spots ready to be visited.

Couple at booking in Desk

3. Jeg planlægger at blive hjemme.

“I am planning to stay at home.”

Maybe you feel unwell, but don’t want to give too much information? Or maybe you have work to do? Perhaps you just need some quiet gardening time…it doesn’t matter. This response is polite and honest without oversharing.

It could also be a slightly open-ended response, depending on how you deliver it. Because hey, being home could still mean your plans are flexible, right?

That said - depending on your relationship with the inviter, nuances like these will probably not be so apparent in a foreign culture. So, best to use this excuse for declining an invitation only if you are truly set on staying in.

Woman Doing Gardening

4. Jeg har optaget denne uge.

“This week I am busy.”

Another polite phrase that gives a reason for declining an invitation but without oversharing details.

Don’t decline too many invitations, though! You don’t want people to think that you’re too busy to hang out with them. They will stop inviting you out, and you know how the saying goes - all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…! Being social is good for the soul.

5. Jeg er ledig i morgen.

“I am free tomorrow.”

Yay! Perhaps you were approached by that person and they asked about your availability for a date. This would be a fine reply. Not too eager, but still indicating that you’re interested.

Or maybe you’re just replying to a colleague or manager’s request for a meeting. Polite, honest and clear.

Alternatively, you’re just busy right now, and plans are not going the way they were…well, planned. Compromise is a lovely thing! And this phrase sounds just like that.

Use it to indicate that you want to accommodate an invitation or the inviter’s plans, despite your current unavailability. Only if you are really free, of course.

6. Kan vi udsætte dette?

“Can we reschedule this?”

So, life happened and you are unable to meet obligations or attend a planned meeting. This is a suitable question to ask if you wish to indicate your willingness to still engage with whatever is on the table.

Obviously you should (ideally) not ask to reschedule a party or big meeting! (Unless you’re the boss or it’s your own party, of course.) But if there’s reasonable wiggle room regarding arrangements, then this one’s your question.

Business Man Sitting with Schedule

7. Jeg vil få tid nok i slutningen af måneden.

“I will have enough time at the end of the month.”

A go-to phrase when events or activities are likely to take up a lot of your time, such as going away for a weekend, spending the day at a local market, or writing your manager’s quarterly report (with 20 flow-charts in Powerpoint) - anything that won’t only take an hour or two.

8. Hvornår er det bedste tidspunkt, der passer dig?

“When is the best time that suits you?”

Remember phrase #5? That was a possible reply to this question. Asked by your crush, very possibly! Or, it could be asked by any other person for any other reason, doesn’t matter.

If this is addressed to you, it usually means that the person respects your time and schedule, which is a good thing. It probably also means that their own schedule is flexible, another good thing.

This is also a polite question to ask when a manager or senior colleague wants to meet with you. Let them decide on the time, and be as accommodating as possible. This attitude shows respect for seniority - good for career building. (Within reason, of course. You don’t need to postpone your wedding or your paid-up holiday to Australia because your manager wants to see you.)

Screen Tablet Hotel

9. Er denne dato okay med dig?

“Is this date OK with you?”

But - if the other party insists that you choose a time for a meeting, appointment, or date etc., then do so! Respond with this nice, somewhat casual question that leaves space for negotiation, but only needs a simple reply.

Suitable for friends, and casual acquaintances and colleagues.

10. Er du ledig den dag?

“Are you available on that day?”

This is the a-bit-more-formal version of the previous question. Again, it has room for negotiation, but only needs a simple response - nice and neat!

Maybe this is the go-to question when you’re addressing your seniors at work, or a person much older than you.

11. Kan vi gøre det snarest muligt?

“Can we do it as soon as possible?”

This question has an urgency to it that should preferably be responded to with the same. A simple reply will be good - yes or no. Less negotiable, this is still polite because it’s a question that gives you a choice.

But stand ready with one of the phrases in this article to help tie down a time and date!

Couple Getting Engaged on a Bridge

12. Jeg er ledig hver aften.

“I’m available every evening”

If you’re going to reply with this phrase, context is everything.

- If it’s your manager asking you to put in a bit of overtime, and you are available to - great reply! When deadlines are tight and everybody is stressing, your willingness to go the extra mile can only improve your relationship with your boss.

(Still, no need to be a doormat! If you get asked to work overtime too often, or if everyone else is goofing around while you have to graft, then re-evaluate the situation. And if you feel you’re being exploited a bit, don’t stress! Equip yourself with the diplomatic, yet assertive responses right in this article.)

- If it’s an old friend or longtime significant other asking to hang out - good reply. You know one another and appearances don’t matter any longer.

- If it’s a new crush who just asked when you’d be available for a date - stop. Not such a great reply. Tone down a bit! “Interested but not overly eager” is what you’re going for here.

Refer back to response #5, or use a counter-question, such as #1. Whatever suits you.

But if they - or anyone else - invite you to scale the Himalayas with them, then the next phrase will probably be the only sane response!

Mountaineer in Snow

13. Jeg har brug for at planlægge dette i god tid.

“I need to plan this well in advance.”

So, as said under #9, perhaps you’re invited to join someone conquer the Himalayas.

Or your company manager wants you to plan the Party that Tops All Year-End Parties Forever.

Simply - if you get asked to do something that you know will need a lot of thorough planning, this is a good phrase to respond with.

It’s an assertive phrase that demonstrates two things regarding your attitude:

a) That you know your own abilities, and respect your own schedule.
b) That your respect other people’s time and schedule too.

Then just be sure to actually do that planning well in advance!

14. Vi skal finde en anden dato

“We need to find another date.”

So, you’re in negotiations regarding a date.

This is an assertive statement that should probably not be used with a “My way or the highway” attitude.

That stuff only works in the movies - think sharp-tongued Samuel L. Jackson. Or fierce Kristen Stewart. Yea, they can be scary, so tone down that tone.

Also, be mindful that fickle people who change plans all the time don’t keep friends! Taking others’ needs into consideration, while simultaneously having your way is a delicate art that takes proper cultivation. Use this phrase sparingly - we have better ones here to negotiate with.

Rock Concert Hands in the Air

Of course, if your planned trip to the dentist falls on the same day as the only Billie Eilish concert close by…well, priorities are priorities. Feel free to call the dentist with this phrase. Or even better, use the next one.

15. Jeg kan ikke gøre det den dag.

“I cannot do it on that day.”

This is the low-key-but-still-firm cousin of the previous phrase. You’re stating a personal fact, and depending on your tone, this can be as non-negotiable as you prefer.

Again, only use this when you really mean it, if you’re visiting Denmark or any other foreign country.

So, that’s it, folks! Which phrase did you find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments!


3. Can DanishClass101 Help You In Other Ways Too?

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Well yes, of course!

We think you will find these phrases easy to use when talking about dates and months in Danish. But knowing how to employ them properly could help you avoid sticky situations!

DanishClass101 is uniquely geared to help you with this and so much more.

This InnovativeLanguage.com initiative is one of many online language-learning courses. With us, you’ll find it easy and fun to learn a new language, and here are a few reasons why:

  • Immediately upon enrollment, you’ll receive hundreds of well-designed lessons to get you going.
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  • You’ll also immediately be able to use an excellent and free Danish online dictionary. Necessary for quick, handy translations, no matter where you find yourself.
  • For the serious learner, there are numerous enrollment upgrades available, one of which offers you a personal, online Danish host. Allow us to hold your hand and support you in your learning!

If you’re serious about mastering Danish easily yet correctly, DanishClass101 is definitely one of, if not the best, online language learning platforms available. Talking about your plans or dates in Danish need not ever spoil your stay.

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Learn How to Talk About Your Family in Danish

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Did you know that only some reptiles and birds don’t parent their offspring? Except for crocodiles, all reptiles (and one family of bird species called megapodes) hatch from eggs and grow up alone, without any family.

The rest of us need family if we are to survive and thrive - humans and animals alike!

At DanishClass101, we know how important family is. Therefore, we take care to teach you all the important vocabulary and phrases pertaining to family.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Is It Important to Know Danish Vocabulary about Family?
  2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first
  3. How DanishClass101 Can Help You Learn Danish Family Terms

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1. Why Is It Important to Know Danish Vocabulary about Family?

Lioness with Cub

Well, if you’re serious about studying any new language, then learning about the most important social unit in Danish culture would be a crucial part of your education.

What is family, though? Strictly speaking, it’s a group of people who live together and are supposed to take care of one another. Some of them are genetically linked.

Family isn’t just about who we’re related to by blood, of course. It’s also one of the main influences in shaping every child’s life.

Family is Important for Children’s Healthy Development

Phrases Parents Say

Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. Children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs from the day they were born.

Primary caregivers, which usually comprise parents and family, form a child’s first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and are role models that show kids how to act and experience the world around them.

By nurturing and teaching children during their early years, families play an important role in making sure children are ready to learn when they enter school.

Families Can Take All Shapes and Sizes

However, the way families are put together is by no means standard.

Mom and Daughter

Single-parent and same-gender households have become a new norm the past few decades, and there’s no shame in this. When there is love, connection and proper care, a child can thrive anywhere.

Everyone also knows that sometimes friends can become like family and remain with us for life, because it’s all about human connection.

After all, we share many commonalities simply because we’re human, and we are programmed to connect with one another and belong to a group. This is very important for our well-being and survival.

It’s All About Feeling Connected

As John Northman, a psychologist from Buffalo, NY, told WebMD - feeling connected to others contributes to mental as well as physical health.

He pointed out that when people feel connected, they feel better physically, and they’re also less likely to feel depressed.

Couples Chatting

Or, if they do feel depressed, they’d be in a better position to get out of it when they feel they are connecting with others. This is because they would be psychologically supported too, Northman said.

There has even been some links drawn between addiction and feeling disconnected from others. According to an article in Psychology Today, research indicates that addiction is not solely a substance disorder, but also affected by people feeling insecurely attached to others.

It showed that securely attached individuals tend to feel comfortable in and enjoy life, while insecurely attached people typically struggle to fit in and connect.


2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first

So, it’s clear that for most of us, family is our entry point into connection and belonging. This is true of every culture, so in every country, family takes prominence.

For this reason, DanishClass101 offers culturally-relevant lessons that will equip you well to understand families in Denmark.

Here are some of the most important Danish vocabulary and quotes about family and parenting!

A) Danish Family Vocabulary

Let’s start with the basic vocabulary. Without this collection of words, you’ll have a hard time describing any member of your family at all.

Family Terms
Family
familie
Great grandfather
oldefar
Mother
mor
Grandmother
bedstemor
Father
far
Grandfather
bedstefar
Wife
kone
Grandchild
barnebarn
Husband
mand
Granddaughter
barnebarn
Parent
forælder
Grandson
barnebarn
Child
barn
Aunt
tante
Daughter
datter
Uncle
onkel
Sister
søster
Niece
niece
Brother
bror
Nephew
nevø
Younger sister
lillesøster
Younger brother
lillebror
Older brother
storebror
Great grandmother
oldemor
Cousin
kusine
Mother-in-law
svigermor
Father-in-law
svigerfar
Sister-in-law
svigerinde
Brother-in-law
svoger
Partner
ægtefælle

Family of Three

B) Quotes About Family

Danish Family Quotes

One of the ways to improve your Danish language skills is by memorizing quotes from books, or poems.

Either source some from Danish literature, or make use of ours!

Du vælger ikke din familie. De er Guds gave til dig som du er til dem.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Desmond Tutu

Familien er ikke en vigtig ting. Det er alt.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox

Familie betyder, at ingen bliver efterladt eller glemt.

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers

Min familie er min styrke og min svaghed.

“My family is my strength and my weakness.” - Aishwarya Rai

Familien er en af ​​naturens mesterværker.

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana

Når der er problemer, er det din familie, der støtter dig.

“When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.” - Guy Lafleur

Familien er den første afgørende celle af det menneskelige samfund.

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” - Pope John XXIII

Der findes ikke sjov for hele familien.

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” - Jerry Seinfeld

Du er nødt til at forsvare din ære. Og din familie.

“You have to defend your honor. And your family.” - Suzanne Vega

Alle lykkelige familier er ens; hver ulykkelig familie er ulykkelig på sin egen måde.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy

C) Test Your Knowledge!

Do you feel you have learned a lot in this blog? Let’s quickly test that!

In the table below, match the Danish vocabulary on the left with the definition of the relative in the right column.

MY RELATIVES
Relative Name Definition
1. familie a. My male child
2. mor b. My older male sibling
3. far c. My female sibling
4. kone d. My child’s child
5. mand e. My child’s female child
6. forælder f. My female parent
7. barn g. My grandparent’s mother
8. datter h. Mother to one of my parents
9. søn i. Relatives
10. søster j. My female child
11. bror k. My younger male sibling
12. lillesøster l. Male spouse
13. lillebror m. The father of one of my parents
14. storebror n. My child’s male child
15. oldemor o. My children’s father or mother
16. oldefar p. The sister of one of my parents
17. bedstemor q. The brother of one of my parents
18. bedstefar r. My male parent
19. barnebarn s. My sibling’s female child
20. barnebarn t. My sibling’s male child
21. barnebarn u. My male sibling
22. tante v. My parents’ sibling’s child
23. onkel w. Female spouse
24. niece x. The grandfather of one of my parents
25. nevø y. The person I am a parent to
26. kusine z. My younger female sibling

How did it go? Don’t worry if you had trouble with it - you’ll get there! With a bit of practice, and our help at DanishClass101, you’ll soon have these family terms under the belt.

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3. How DanishClass101 Can Help You Learn Danish Family Terms

We hope that we helped you expand your family in Danish vocabulary!

DanishClass101, with its innovative online learning system, stands out among online learning platforms to help you master Danish easily.

Our lessons are tailored not only to increase your language skills, but to also inform you of Danish culture, including the Danish family structure.

When you sign up, you will get instant access to tools like:

1 - An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
2 - A new Danish word to learn every day
3 - Quick access to the Danish Key Phrase List
4 - A free Danish online dictionary
5 - The excellent 100 Core Danish Word List
6 - An almost limitless Lesson Library for learners of all levels

Further speed up your learning with the help of a personal tutor, who will first assess your current Danish language abilities to personalize your training and tailor it to your needs.

Hard work always pays off, and to help you in this, DanishClass101 will be there every step of the way toward your Danish mastery!

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Luciadag: St. Lucy’s Day in Denmark

St. Lucy’s Day is a festive, cozy holiday in Denmark, celebrated not long before Christmas each year. In this article, you’ll learn all about St. Lucy’s Day, from who Lucy was to how Danish people celebrate the holiday today.

At DanishClass101.com, we aim to make every aspect of your language-learning process both fun and informative—starting with this article!

Are you ready? Let’s go.

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1. What is St. Lucy’s Day?

The Danish celebrate St. Lucy’s Day in the same month as Christmas, but don’t be fooled! This holiday, and the woman it’s named after, really have nothing to do with Christmas.

So who was Lucy? Read the following Danish text to find out, and then test your reading skills against the English text directly below it.

Legenden siger, at Lucia var en ung kristen kvinde, som nægtede at tilbede den romerske kejser og blev derfor dræbt og døde som martyr. Hun hjalp de fattige og syge, og det siges, hun bar lys på sit hoved, så begge hænder var frie.

The legend says that Lucy was a young Christian woman who refused to worship the Roman emperor, and as a result, was murdered and died a martyr. It’s claimed that she carried a light on her head when she cared for the old and sick to ensure her hands were free.

2. When is the Feast of St. Lucy?

Beautiful Sunset

Each year, the Danish celebrate the Feast of Saint Lucy on December 13.

3. St. Lucy’s Day Celebrations & Traditions

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How do the Danish celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day?

On St. Lucy’s Day, Denmark’s main event is the St. Lucy’s parades in kindergartens and elementary schools.

A St. Lucy’s parade involves kids dressing in white gowns with a red band around their waist, each with a lit candle and guided by a “St. Lucy’s bride.” The front guide representing St. Lucy is usually a girl, but could also be a boy. The St. Lucy’s bride carries a crown or a wreath on her head with four lit candles.

During the St. Lucy’s parade, a song about Lucy is played; this song explains how Lucy brings light to the darkness and spreads joy. After the parade, everyone eats Lucy-bread, which are sweet wheat rolls with a taste of saffron.

Oftentimes, these Saint Lucy celebration parades aren’t limited to the school. Rather, the children take their parade through nursing homes, churches, and even in the streets in order to further spread the holiday spirit!

Naturally, the adults who accompany the St. Lucy’s parades are nervous about the burning candles that the kids carry in their hands. This is why they always stand by with a bucket of water in case the candles’ flames light anything on fire.

Churches will usually hold some kind of special Christmas-related event during this holiday to attract more people on St. Lucy Feast Day.

4. Longest Night of the Year

Now that you know about Saint Lucy’s Feast Day, do you know what they call the night of December 13 and 14?

They call it Lussenatten—a name that originates from Sweden, where Lussenatten, according to the Julian calendar, was the longest night of the year. But in the morning, while it was still dark, one would wake up to Lucy (or the young girl on the farm) standing by their bed with food and drink on a tray.

5. Essential St. Lucy’s Day Vocabulary

Female Saint

Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for Saint Lucy Day in Denmark!

  • Hvid — “White”
  • Brød — “Bread”
  • Skole — “School
  • Kirke — “Church”
  • Sang — “Song”
  • Lys — “Light”
  • Italiensk helgeninde — “Italian female saint”
  • Martyrdød — “Martyrdom”
  • Årets korteste dag — “Shortest day of the year”
  • Optog — “Procession”
  • Brud — “Bride”
  • Krone — “Crown”

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, and to read them alongside relevant images, be sure to visit our Danish St. Lucy’s Day vocabulary list!

Final Thoughts

What are your thoughts on St. Lucy’s Day? Are there similar holidays or celebrations in your country during December? Let us know in the comments; we always love hearing from you!

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How To Post In Perfect Danish on Social Media

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You’re learning to speak Danish, and it’s going well. Your confidence is growing! So much so that you feel ready to share your experiences on social media—in Danish.

At Learn Danish, we make this easy for you to get it right the first time. Post like a boss with these phrases and guidelines, and get to practice your Danish in the process.

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1. Talking about Your Restaurant Visit in Danish

Eating out is fun, and often an experience you’d like to share. Take a pic, and start a conversation on social media in Danish. Your friend will be amazed by your language skills…and perhaps your taste in restaurants!

Hans eats at a restaurant with his friends, posts an image of the group eating, and leaves this comment:

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Let’s break down Hans’s post.

Vi er godt i gang med hovedretten. Mums mums!
“We are well underway with the main course. Yum yum!”

1- Vi er godt i gang med hovedretten.

First is an expression meaning “We are well underway with the main course.”
You can also replace “main course” with other nouns to make it clear that you’ve been busy with it for some time.

2- Mums mums!

Then comes the phrase - “Yum yum!”
Use this phrase when expressing that something is tasty, such as food or drinks. Mostly children use this phrase, so if you’re an adult saying it to another adult, it’s clear that you’re in a playful, humorous mood. It is inadvisable that you use this in serious conversation, though. You might furthermore be mistaken for trying to make people jealous if you post a picture of your food online, so be careful.

COMMENTS

In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

1- Er da slet ikke misundelig…

His girlfriend, Johanne, uses an expression meaning - “Not envious at all…”
This is an ironic or slightly sarcastic or ironic comment, with the intent to joke a bit. It means that you are actually envious!

2- Hvor var min invitation?

His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Where was my invitation?”
This is yet another way to express that you’re envious of whatever the poster is experiencing, and it indicates that you feel a bit left out. If you know the people well, it will be clear to them whether or not you’re seriously complaining, or just having some fun with them.

3- Det ser hyggeligt ud.

His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “It looks cozy.”
Use this to express that you think the scene looks pleasant and comfortable.

4- Velbekomme!

His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Bon appetit!”
This is a loan-expression from French that means: “Eat well!” It is commonly used to wish someone a tasty meal in many Germanic languages.

VOCABULARY

Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • hovedret: “main course”
  • slet ikke: “not at all”
  • misundelig: “envious”
  • invitation: “invitation”
  • se ud: “to look”
  • hyggelig: “cozy, enjoyable, homely”
  • velbekomme: “bon appetit”
  • So, let’s practice a bit. If a friend posted something about having dinner with friends, which phrase would you use?

    Now go visit a Danish restaurant, and wow the staff with your language skills!

    2. Post about Your Mall Visit in Danish

    Another super topic for social media is shopping—everybody does it, most everybody loves it, and your friends on social media are probably curious about your shopping sprees! Share these Danish phrases in posts when you visit a mall.

    Johanne shop with her sister at the mall, posts an image of the two of them in a shop, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    På shoppetur med hende her inden hun rejser. Der skal shoppes amok!
    “On a shopping spree with this one before she leaves. There will be crazy shopping!”

    1- På shoppetur med hende her inden hun rejser.

    First is an expression meaning “On a shopping spree with this one before she leaves.”
    Use this phrase when you’re on an outing with a woman who is important to you, but whose name you do not wish to mention. The context here is that the lady will be leaving soon somewhere, which is why the spree is happening in the first place.

    2- Der skal shoppes amok!

    Then comes the phrase - “There shall be crazy shopping!”
    Use phrase to emphasize that you will probably return home with several bags full of new things. The phrase often appears in its imperative form during times of big sales.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- I ser fantastiske ud! Bare vær sikre på, I kan bære alle de poser!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “You look fabulous! Just make sure you can carry all those bags!”
    Use this expression to be funny, while also giving a compliment.

    2- Hvor ser I bare godt ud begge to. Hvor rejser hun hen nu?

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “How great both of you look. Where is she going now?”
    Use this expression to share an opinion about the poster and her sister’s appearance, and ask a question to show your interest in the sister’s plans. This is a good way to keep a conversation well oiled.

    3- Husk nu at spare lidt penge til turen.

    Her boyfriend, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Remember to save a little money for the trip.”
    This is a reminder to be frugal; the context is that there is clearly a pending trip somewhere that the poster needs to save for.

    4- I har da ikke brug for mere tøj.

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “You guys surely don’t need more clothes.”
    Use this expression to share your opinion about the poster and her sister’s amount of clothes. The phrase is probably better used if you know them well, or it could be misconstrued as criticism.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • shoppetur: “shopping spree”
  • bære: “to carry”
  • pose: “bag”
  • se godt ud: “look good”
  • spare: “to save”
  • have brug for: “to need”
  • tøj: “clothes”
  • So, if a friend posted something about going shopping, which phrase would you use?

    3. Talking about a Sport Day in Danish

    Sporting events, whether you’re the spectator or the sports person, offer fantastic opportunity for great social media posts. Learn some handy phrases and vocabulary to start a sport-on-the-beach conversation in Danish.

    Hans plays with his friends at the beach, posts an image of the team, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Så skal der smashes i beach volley! Kom bare an!
    “Now there will be smashes in beach volleyball! Just bring it on!”

    1- Så skal der smashes i beach volley!

    First is an expression meaning “Now, there will be smashes in beach volleyball!”
    You can use this phrase to indicate that you’re about to or are already playing beach volleyball with enthusiasm. “Smashes i beach volley” can be replaced with other activities as well.

    2- Kom bare an!

    Then comes the phrase - “Just bring it on!”
    This phrase is often used towards an opponent or when discussing a challenging task to indicate that you’re ready for it.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Det har du da aldrig været særligt god til.

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Surely, you’ve never been particularly good at that.”
    Use this expression to tease the poster about his sports abilities.

    2- Fedt! Hvor længe bliver I på stranden?

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “Cool! How long will you stay at the beach?”
    Use this expression to indicate your enthusiasm for the game, and ask a question for more details.

    3- Som om…

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “As if…”
    Use this expression when you’re in a humorous, slightly derisive mood. This expression pretends to indicate that you don’t think much of the poster’s sport skills.

    4- Nu skal du ikke komme ind på kontoret med en brækket næse på mandag.

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Now, don’t come into the office with a broken nose on Monday.”
    This is an admonition to be careful playing sports, suggesting a bad scenario to make it slightly humorous.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • smashe: “to smash”
  • særlig: “special, particular”
  • fed: “cool, fat”
  • som om: “as if”
  • kontor: “office”
  • brækket: “broken”
  • næse: “nose”
  • Which phrase would you use if a friend posted something about sports?

    But sport is not the only thing you can play! Play some music, and share it on social media.

    4. Share a Song on Social Media in Danish

    Music is the language of the soul, they say. So, don’t hold back—share what touches your soul with your friends!

    Johanne shares a song she just heard at a party, posts an image of the artist, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Hallo folkens! Hvorfor har ingen fortalt mig om ham her før?!
    “Hey guys! Why has no one told me about this guy before?!”

    1- Hallo folkens!

    First is an expression meaning “Hey guys!”
    This phrase is often used when addressing or heartily trying to get the attention of a group of people, such as your friends or online followers.

    2- Hvorfor har ingen fortalt mig om ham her før?!

    Then comes the phrase - “Why has no one told me about this guy before?!”
    With this phrase, you can ask a very important question. Here, you’re referring to a male that you didn’t know about before this moment, suggesting that you’re impressed with him.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- YES! Min nye yndlingssang!!!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “YES! My new favorite song!!!”
    Use this expression to agree enthusiastically with the poster’s sentiment that the music is good.

    2- Fordi du er gammel.

    Her nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “Because you’re old.”
    Use this expression to sarcastically make fun of the poster’s age. If you don’t have a relaxed, good relationship with the poster, this could be misconstrued as an insult, but among friends, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    3- Åh nej, ikke den sang…

    Her supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Oh no, not that song…”
    Use this expression to indicate that you don’t like the song.

    4- Skal vi høre ham, når han kommer til byen?

    Her boyfriend, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Should we hear him when he comes to town?”
    Use this expression to make a suggestion that you and poster attend a concert of the singer’s.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • hvorfor: “why”
  • før: “before”
  • fortælle: “to tell”
  • yndlingssang: “favorite song”
  • gammel: “old”
  • åh nej: “oh no”
  • by: “city”
  • Which song would you share? And what would you say to a friend who posted something about sharing music or videos?

    Now you know how to start a conversation about a song or a video on social media!

    5. Danish Social Media Comments about a Concert

    Still on the theme of music—visiting live concerts and shows just have to be shared with your friends. Here are some handy phrases and vocab to wow your followers in Danish!

    Hans goes to a concert, posts an image of the stage, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’s post.

    Kun 4 meter fra scenen! Det er for vildt!
    “Only 4 meters from the stage! It’s too crazy!”

    1- Kun 4 meter fra scenen!

    First is an expression meaning “Only 4 meters from the stage!”
    You can use this phrase to indicate that you’re physically very close to a specific stage. It means you’re excited about this, and want to brag about it a bit.

    2- Det er for vildt!

    Then comes the phrase - “It is too crazy!”
    This phrase is used when indicating that something is so amazingly awesome that it’s crazy. It literally means that something is “too wild,” which is an exaggeration that indicates enthusiasm and high energy, like when you take amusement park rides.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Sikke du kan, Hans. God koncert!

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Look at you, Hans. Have a nice concert!”
    Use this expression to indicate you’re happy for the poster’s good fortune, and are wishing them a positive experience.

    2- Troede du hadede den her slags musik…

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “Thought you hated this kind of music…”
    Use this expression if this is true for you, or if you’re messing around a bit with the poster.

    3- Hey, jeg står helt foran scenen!!! Kan du se mig? Prøver at vinke…

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Hey, I am standing all the way in front of the stage!!! Can you see me? Will try to wave…”
    Use these lines if you’re also at the concert and would like to meet up with the poster.

    4- Ring lige, hvis de spiller den nye single!!!

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Call me if they play the new single!!!”
    This phrase is suitable for use if you want to poster to share a live experience of a specific song with you via the phone or vidcam.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • scene: “stage, scene”
  • koncert: “concert”
  • hade: “to hate”
  • slags: “kind, sort”
  • foran: “in front of”
  • vinke: “to wave”
  • spille: “to play”
  • If a friend posted something about a concert, which phrase would you use?

    6. Talking about an Unfortunate Accident in Danish

    Oh dear. You broke your phone by accident. Use these Danish phrases to start a thread on social media. Or maybe just to let your friends know why you are not contacting them!

    Johanne accidentally breaks her mobile phone, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Én ulykke kommer sjældent alene… Fang mig på Facebook!
    “Misfortunes never come one at a time… Catch me on Facebook!”

    1- Én ulykke kommer sjælendt alene…

    First is an expression meaning “Misfortunes never come singly…”
    Like in English, this proverb is used when something goes wrong, and you expect more to go wrong. It literally means “one accident rarely comes alone”.

    2- Fang mig på Facebook!

    Then comes the phrase - “Catch me on Facebook!”
    This is a convenient phrase to use when you want people to know that they should get ahold of you on Facebook if they need to. This usually indicates that you no longer have your phone or that it’s broken; that’s why you’re most likely to respond to messages through Facebook.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Åh nej, søde. Ikke igen…

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Oh no, sweetie. Not again…”
    Use this phrase if you know the poster has broken her phone before, and want to show your sympathy for her plight.

    2- I det mindste var det ikke i toilettet. Eller var det?!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “At least it wasn’t in the toilet. Or was it?!”
    Use this expression when you’re feeling humorous.

    3- Bare rolig. Jeg har en ekstra, du kan låne.

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t worry. I have an extra you can borrow.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling helpful and have a spare phone.

    4- Slut med selfies.

    Her nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “No more selfies.”
    Use this expression to make a slightly sarcastic, humorous statement just to be part of the conversation.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • ulykke: “accident, misfortune, unhappiness, misery”
  • sjælden: “rare, unusual”
  • toilet: “toilet”
  • sød: “sweet”
  • i det mindste: “at least”
  • låne: “to borrow, to lend”
  • slut med: “no more”
  • If a friend posted something about having broken something by accident, which phrase would you use?

    So, now you know how to describe an accident in Danish. Well done!

    7. Chat about Your Boredom on Social Media in Danish

    Sometimes, we’re just bored with how life goes. And to alleviate the boredom, we write about it on social media. Add some excitement to your posts by addressing your friends and followers in Danish!

    Hans gets bored at home, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’s post.

    Nederen aften uden planer… Hvem kan lege?
    “Bummer evening without plans… Who can play?”

    1- Nederen aften uden planer…

    First is an expression meaning “Bummer evening without plans…”
    This phrase is used when expressing disappointment about your evening because you have no plans to keep busy or have fun. You can use the noun “nederen” on its own to express a depressed state of mind, or to say that something disappoints you or makes you uncomfortable.

    2- Hvem kan lege?

    Then comes the phrase - “Who can play?”
    This question is most often used by children, but you might also use it as an adult in a child-like, playful way, similar to asking “Who can hang out?”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Skal vi snuppe en øl? Har fri om et kvarter.

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Shall we grab a beer? Will be off in fifteen minutes.”
    Use this expression if you can hang out with the poster and want to go for beer. You’re also indicating that you will be able to leave, probably for the bar, in 15 minutes’ time.

    2- Det ligner da ikke dig. Kom ned på Nyhavn!

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “That surely is not you. Come down to Nyhavn!”
    Use this expression to indicate that you find the poster’s boredom uncharacteristic, and to invite him to visit you in Nyhavn. The town’s name can be replaced with any other location.

    3- Slap af og nyd det.

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Relax and enjoy it.”
    Use this expression to offer simple advice about alleviating boredom.

    4- Har konen forladt dig?

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “Has the missus left you?”
    Use this expression if you’re in a humorous, slightly sarcastic mood, and think that he’s without something to do because he’s single.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • uden: “without”
  • plan: “plan”
  • kvarter: “quarter, a quarter of an hour”
  • snuppe: “to snatch, to grab”
  • ligne: “to look like, to resemble”
  • slappe af: “to relax”
  • forlade: “to leave”
  • If a friend posted something about being bored, which phrase would you use?

    Still bored? Share another feeling and see if you can start a conversation!

    8. Exhausted? Share It on Social Media in Danish

    Sitting in public transport after work, feeling like chatting online? Well, converse in Danish about how you feel, and let your friends join in!

    Johanne feels exhausted after a long day at work, posts an image of herself looking tired, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Endelig fri! Kan høre sofaen kalde.
    “Finally off! I can hear the couch calling.”

    1- Endelig fri!

    First is an expression meaning “Finally off!”
    This phrase is used when expressing how happy you are that school or work is over. It can also be interpreted more literally to mean that you are finally free from captivity, because school and work can sometimes feel like prison.

    2- Kan høre sofaen kalde.

    Then comes the phrase - “Can hear the couch calling.”
    You can use this phrase to indicate that you’re going to spend time on your couch once you get home.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Ha ha, kan også høre min sofa råbe og skrige. Nu skal der slappes af!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Ha ha, can also hear my couch yelling and shouting. Now, let us relax!”
    Use this expression to sympathize with the poster’s plight, because you’re experiencing the same. You’re also making a suggestion that the both of you relax.

    2- Har kaffen klar til dig, min skat.

    Her boyfriend, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Got the coffee ready for you, my darling.”
    Use this expression if you are feeling sympathetic and supportive. Calling someone “my darling” indicates a romantic connection.

    3- Skynd dig hjem til din søde mand!

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Hurry home to your sweet man!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted, and encouraging the poster to be with her boyfriend.

    4- Nyd det! Min vagt er først lige begyndt.

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Enjoy it! My shift has just begun.”
    Use this expression to indicate to the poster that she’s lucky to be off, at least - you’re just starting work.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • endelig: “finally”
  • råbe: “to yell”
  • skrige: “to cry, to scream, to shout, to shriek”
  • skat: “darling, honey, baby”
  • skynde sig: “to hurry”
  • nyde: “to enjoy”
  • vagt: “guard, watch”
  • If a friend posted something about being exhausted, which phrase would you use?

    Now you know how to say you’re exhausted in Danish! Well done.

    9. Talking about an Injury in Danish

    So life happens, and you manage to hurt yourself during a soccer game. Very Tweet-worthy! Here’s how to do it in Danish.

    Hans suffers a painful injury, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Så meget for den skiferie… Jeg giver kvajebajer!
    “So much for that skiing holiday… I’m buying a made-a-fool-of-myself beer!”

    1- Så meget for den skiferie…

    First is an expression meaning “So much for that skiing holiday…”
    Use this expression to express that you’re disappointed that something you planned is not going to happen.

    2- Jeg giver kvajebajer!

    Then comes the phrase - “I am buying made-a-fool-of-myself-beer!”
    This phrase is most commonly used by guys when referring to the beer that they’ll buy because they made a fool of themselves or messed up somehow. It’s normally used in good spirits, but some might say that you owe them this beer, even if you don’t think you’ve messed up.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Sådan går det, når man skal blære sig.

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “That’s how it goes when you (have to) show off.”
    Use this expression if you’re close to the poster and are known to joke around this way, because saying this can come off as rather unsympathetic and insulting.

    2- Av av! God bedring!

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Ouch, ouch! Get well soon!”
    Use this expression to be sympathetic without making too much of a fuss about it.

    3- Håber du stadig kan nyde ferien, selv om det ikke bliver på pisterne.

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Hope you’re still able to enjoy the holiday. Although it won’t be on the slopes.”
    Use this to express goodwill, and wish the poster a good, albeit limited holiday anyway.

    4- Det ben bliver aldrig det samme igen. Ha ha…!

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “That leg will never be the same again. Ha ha…!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous and want to tease the poster a bit. Again, the offline relationship with them is probably important to avoid misunderstandings.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • skiferie: “skiing holiday”
  • blære sig: “show off, boast”
  • av: “ouch”
  • god bedring: “get well soon, best wishes for a speedy recovery”
  • pist: “slope”
  • ben: “leg”
  • aldrig: “never”
  • If a friend posted something about being injured, which phrase would you use?

    We love to share our fortunes and misfortunes; somehow that makes us feel connected to others.

    10. Starting a Conversation Feeling Disappointed in Danish

    Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned. Share your disappointment about this with your friends!

    Johanne feels disappointed about today’s weather, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    At skulle cykle hjem, når det står ned i stænger…
    “Having to bike home when it’s pouring down…”

    1- at skulle cykle hjem

    First is an expression meaning “having to bike home.”
    This phrase indicates the action of having to ride a bicycle home. If you aren’t used to bike lanes, watch out when crossing the streets in Denmark because bikes are almost everywhere!

    2- når stå ned i stænger

    Then comes the phrase - “when it is pouring down…”
    You can use this phrase when indicating that it’s pouring outside. This literally means that “it is raining down in poles”, which is a uniquely Danish expression that won’t make much sense in English. It could refer to torrents of water that look tubular, like poles.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- God svømmetur!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Have a nice swim!”
    Use this expression if you’re in a humorous mood and refuses to take the complaint seriously.

    2- Pas på derude.

    Her supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Be careful out there.”
    This is an old-fashioned phrase of warning, referring to the wet environment. The admonition is almost parental but is often used to show care and concern.

    3- Og DERFOR er det bedre at tage bilen!

    Her nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “And THAT’s why it’s better to take the car!”
    Use this expression to partake in the conversation by being a bit cynical and pedantic.

    4- Hvis det er for meget, kan jeg hente dig ved Forum. Bare ring.

    Her boyfriend, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “If it’s too much, I can pick you up at the Forum. Just call.”
    Use these phrases to indicate you’re willing to help the poster in some way, because you care.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • cykle: “to bicycle, to cycle”
  • svømmetur: “swim”
  • pas på: “look after, look out, be careful, take care”
  • bil: “car”
  • hente: “to fetch, to bring”
  • bare: “just, simply”
  • ringe: “to call”
  • How would you comment in Danish when a friend is disappointed?

    Not all posts need to be about a negative feeling, though!

    11. Talking about Your Relationship Status in Danish

    Don’t just change your relationship status in Settings, talk about it!

    Hans changes his status to “In a relationship”, posts an image of him and Johanne together, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Bedre sent end aldrig. Lad os tage hul på et nyt kapitel!
    “Better late than never. Let us embark on a new chapter!”

    1- Bedre sent end aldrig.

    First is an expression meaning “Better late than never.”
    Use this phrase to indicate that it’s better that something happens, or has happened, at a later time than not at all.

    2- Lad os tage hul på et nyt kapitel!

    Then comes the phrase - “Let us embark on a new chapter!”
    This other phrase can be used to show a positive attitude toward starting a new phase in life. For instance, you can use this phrase if you decide to move to Denmark.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Ægte kærlighed!

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “True love!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and romantic.

    2- Øh, burde der ikke stå, at ingen vil have dig???

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Uhm, shouldn’t it say that nobody wants you???”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous and want to make fun of the poster.

    3- Så blev det endelig officielt!

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “Now, it finally became official!”
    Use this expression to show you are happy about the relationship and it’s new status.

    4- Måske skulle jeg gøre det samme. Ved dog ikke hvordan…

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Maybe I should do the same. Don’t know how though…”
    Use this expression to indicate that you’re considering romance, but have reservations about your ability to get a partner.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • lade: “to let”
  • ægte: “genuine, real”
  • kærlighed: “love”
  • burde: “to ought to, should”
  • ingen: “nobody, no one”
  • officiel: “official”
  • dog: “yet, however”
  • What would you say in Danish when a friend changes their relationship status?

    Being in a good relationship with someone special is good news - don’t be shy to spread it!

    12. Post about Getting Married in Danish

    Wow, so things got serious, and you’re getting married. Congratulations! Or, your friend is getting married, so talk about this in Danish.

    Johanne is getting married today, so she leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Glæder mig til at sige ja til min eneste ene!
    “Looking forward to saying “yes” to my one and only!”

    1- glæder mig til at sige ja til

    First is an expression meaning “(I’m) looking forward to saying yes to.”
    You can use this phrase to indicate that you’re looking forward to agreeing to something, such as a promotion or marrying your significant other.

    2- min eneste ene

    Then comes the phrase - “my one and only.”
    This phrase is used like its English equivalent to refer to your romantic partner. Or it can even be about that one, unique person you haven’t met yet.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Tror ikke, du er helt klar over, hvad du siger ja til…

    Her nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t think you’re completely aware of what you’re saying yes to…”
    Again, the relationship with the poster is very important when using this phrase. It could come across as very cynical and critical of their choice to get married, or it could be understood that you’re just teasing them and show affection this way.

    2- Vi ses senere, søde! Glæder mig til at danse natten lang.

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “See you later, sweety! Looking forward to dancing all night long.”
    Use this expression to indicate your anticipation of the event, in a positive way.

    3- Tillykke med det!

    Her supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations on getting married!”
    This is the traditional, widely used phrase to congratulate newly-weds, or those about to get married.

    4- Tillykke tillykke! Håber I får en uforglemmelig dag.

    Her husband’s high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations, congratulations! Hope you have an unforgettable day.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic and enthusiastic about the marriage and wish them well. A variation of the traditional way of congratulating.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • glæde sig til: “to look forward to”
  • eneste: “only, single”
  • være klar over: “to be aware of, to realize”
  • danse: “to dance”
  • tillykke: “congratulations”
  • håbe: “to hope”
  • uforglemmelig: “unforgettable”
  • How would you respond in Danish to a friend’s post about getting married?

    For the next topic, fast forward about a year into the future after the marriage…

    13. Announcing Big News in Danish

    Wow, huge stuff is happening in your life! Announce it in Danish.

    Hans finds out he and his wife are going to have a baby, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Vi er i lykkelige omstændigheder! Snart ankommer der endnu et familiemedlem.
    “We are in happy circumstances! Soon another family member is going to arrive.”

    1- Vi er i lykkelige omstændigheder!

    First is an expression meaning “We are in happy circumstances!”
    You’ll most likely use this phrase when you and your partner are expecting a child and feel positive about it. Hence, the happy circumstances.

    2- Snart ankommer der endnu et familiemedlem.

    Then comes the phrase - “Soon another family member is going to arrive.”
    This phrase is used when announcing that your family will be growing by one more member. Most often, this is a baby, but some might use it to refer to a pet, as they’re perceived by many as part of the family.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Tillykke!!! Bliver det en dreng eller pige?

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations!!! Will it be a boy or a girl?”
    Use these phrases to congratulate the parents-to-be, and to indicate that you want more information.

    2- Jeg kan næsten ikke vente, til vi kan kalde os forældre.

    His wife, Johanne, uses an expression meaning - “I can hardly wait until we can call ourselves parents.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic and enthusiastic about the prospect of being a parent.

    3- Stort tillykke fra jeres naboer!

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations from your neighbors!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted towards the new parents, who are also living next to you.

    4- Sådan, mand!

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Way to go, man!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous but happy about the news. A casual congratulation.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • snart: “soon”
  • ankomme: “to arrive”
  • familiemedlem: “family member”
  • vente: “to wait”
  • forælder: “parent”
  • nabo: “neighbor”
  • sådan: “such, like that”
  • Which phrase would you choose when a friend announces their pregnancy on social media?

    So, talking about a pregnancy will get you a lot of traction on social media. But wait till you see the responses to babies!

    14. Posting Danish Comments about Your Baby

    Your bundle of joy is here, and you cannot keep quiet about it! Share your thoughts in Danish.

    Johanne plays with her baby, posts an image of the little angel, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Sjov med vores lille charmetrold!
    “Fun with our little charmer!”

    1- sjov med

    First is an expression meaning “fun with.”
    This phrase is used when indicating that you’re having fun with something or someone.

    2- vores lille charmetrold

    Then comes the phrase - “our little charmer.”
    You can use this phrase when referring to your child. Basically, you’re calling him or her a little charming troll. As unappealing as this may sound in English, it’s a very common way for Danes to describe cute kids who know how to charm everyone.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Hvor er han sød!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “He is so cute!”
    Use this expression to agree with the poster about the baby’s charm.

    2- Han ligner sin far! Ha ha!

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “He looks like his dad! Ha ha!”
    Use this expression to share an opinion about the baby’s appearance. It is also humorous.

    3- Ikke for meget baby-spam, tak!

    Her nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “Not too much baby-spam, thank you!”
    Use this expression to comment in a cynical, but also humorous way.

    4- Flere billeder tak!

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “More pictures please!”
    Use this expression to show you are interested in the poster’s new baby and would like to see more photos of them.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • sjov: “fun”
  • lille: “small, little”
  • charmetrold: “charmer”
  • sød: “sweet, cute”
  • ligne: “to look like, to resemble”
  • flere: “more, several”
  • billede: “picture, image”
  • If your friend is the mother or father, which phrase would you use on social media?

    Congratulations, you know the basics of chatting about a baby in Danish! But we’re not done with families yet…

    15. Danish Comments about a Family Reunion

    Family reunions - some you love, some you hate. Share about it on your feed.

    Hans goes to a family gathering, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Så lykkedes det endelig at samle flokken. Det er så godt, som det kan blive!
    “Finally managed to gather the flock. It’s as good as it can get!”

    1- Så lykkedes det endelig at samle flokken.

    First is an expression meaning “Finally managed to gather the flock.”
    Use this phrase to express your excitement over finally getting your whole family or group of friends together.

    2- Det er så godt, som det kan blive!

    Then comes the phrase - “It’s as good as it can get!”
    This phrase is often used to sum up how you feel about something. It can either be positive or negative. When positive, you truly mean that something is as good as it can get. But when used negatively, you might be stuck with a feeling that something could actually have been better, but you’re settling for what it is.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Jeg synes, jeg kan genkende de fleste. Hils!

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “I think I can recognize most of them. Say hello!”
    Use this expression to show your interest in the poster’s family, and wish to greet them.

    2- Hvorfor sidder du så med din telefon lige nu?

    His nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “Then why are you sitting with your phone right now?”
    This is a slightly sarcastic but also humorous comment, meaning: “If you’re so pleased with the group, why are you busy on your phone?”

    3- Sikke en skøn familie! Jeg håber, I får en god dag.

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “What a beautiful family! I hope you have a nice day.”
    Use this expression if you think the poster’s family is attractive and happy, and wish them a good gathering.

    4- Jeg anede ikke, du havde sådan en stor familie. Fantastisk!

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “I didn’t have the faintest idea that you had such a big family. Fantastic!”
    Use this expression to indicate that you’re impressed with the size of the poster’s family, in a positive way.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • synes: “to think, to feel, to find”
  • genkende: “to recognize”
  • hilse: “to greet, to say hello”
  • skøn: “beautiful, gorgeous”
  • ane: “to have a feeling”
  • sådan: “such, like that”
  • fantastisk: “fantastic, fabulous”
  • Which phrase is your favorite to comment on a friend’s photo about a family reunion?

    16. Post about Your Travel Plans in Danish

    So, the family are going on holiday. Do you know how to post and leave comments in Danish about being at the airport, waiting for a flight?

    Johanne waits at the airport for her flight, posts an image of her eating a bagel, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Forsøder ventetiden med en bagel og en kaffe. Man er vel livsnyder!
    “Sweetening the wait with a bagel and a coffee. I am surely a hedonist!”

    1- Forsøder ventetiden med en bagel og en kaffe.

    First is an expression meaning “Sweetening the wait with a bagel and a coffee.”
    You can use this phrase to indicate that you’re making a wait pleasurable by enjoying a bagel and coffee. Remember, Danes love making situations a little bit better, even if they’re already pretty good.

    2- Man er vel livsnyder!

    Then comes the phrase - “I am surely a hedonist!”
    This phrase is great to describe Danes in general, as they love enjoying life and all its assets, which is quite easy to do in Denmark. Here, the pronoun “man” is equivalent to “you” or “one.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- God tur, skat! Jeg passer på vores guldklump imens.

    Her husband, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Have a nice trip, honey! I will take care of our gold nugget in the meantime.”
    These phrases indicate that the husband is wishing his wife well on her trip, and reassures her that their precious baby will be well taken care of.

    2- Nyd turen og pausen fra forældretjansen.

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Enjoy the trip and break from the parenting job.”
    With this phrase, you show that you hope the poster enjoys the trip, as well as the break from parental duties.

    3- Pas godt på dig selv, min ven! Husk at slappe af.

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Take care of yourself, my friend! Remember to relax.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and caring towards the poster.

    4- God rejse, Johanne. Jeg håber, der er gode film på flyet.

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Good journey, Johanne. I hope there are good movies on the plane.”
    This expression is more or less the same as the one above - you’re wishing the poster well and hope there’s good distraction on the plane.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • ventetid: “wait”
  • kaffe: “coffee”
  • passe på: “to take care of”
  • guldklump: “gold nugget”
  • forældretjans: “parenting job”
  • rejse: “journey, trip”
  • fly: “plane”
  • Choose and memorize your best airport phrase in Danish!

    Hopefully the rest of the trip is better!

    17. Posting about an Interesting Find in Danish

    So maybe you’re strolling around at a local market, and find something interesting. Here are some handy Danish phrases!

    Hans finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’s post.

    Troede aldrig, jeg skulle finde SÅDAN ET på loppemarkedet! Drengedrømmen lever!!!
    “Never thought I would find SUCH A THING at the flea market! The boyhood dream lives!!!”

    1- Troede aldrig, jeg skulle finde SÅDAN ET på loppemarkedet!

    First is an expression meaning “Never thought I would find SUCH A THING at the flea market!.”
    This phrase can be used to indicate how excited you are to have found something that you thought you’d never find at a flea market. Remember to replace the indefinite article “et” with “en” if you’re referring to a common gender noun.

    2- Drengedrømmen lever!!!

    Then comes the phrase - “The boyhood dream lives!!!”
    Guys especially use this phrase to indicate that their childhood dream is still alive and might come true. In this context, it could mean that Hans’ find is something he wanted as a child.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Er det, hvad jeg tror, det er?! Så skal der kæmpes til døden!!!

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Is that what I think it is?! Now, there will be a fight to the death!!!”
    Use this expression to show you are sharing the poster’s enthusiasm for his find, and are slightly envious of it.

    2- Uh, det ser lidt farligt ud, gør det ikke?

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Oh, that looks a little dangerous, doesn’t it?”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling a bit worried.

    3- Du tror da ikke på, at det er ægte, vel?

    His nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “You don’t think that’s genuine, do you?”
    Use this expression to show you are not feeling optimistic about the authenticity of the find.

    4- Jeg håber sørme ikke, at det samuraisværd skal med hjem!

    His wife, Johanne, uses an expression meaning - “I sure do not hope that that samurai sword is coming back home!”
    Use this expression to indicate your worry about the safety of the find, probably because it’s not child-friendly.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • tro: “to believe, to think”
  • loppemarked: “flea market”
  • drengedrøm: “boyhood dream”
  • leve: “to live, to exist, to be alive”
  • kæmpe: “to fight, to struggle”
  • farlig: “dangerous”
  • sørme: “jolly well”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s interesting find?

    Perhaps you will even learn the identity of your find! Or perhaps you’re on holiday, and visiting interesting places…

    18. Post about a Sightseeing Trip in Danish

    Let your friends know what you’re up to in Danish, especially when visiting a remarkable place! Don’t forget the photo.

    Johanne visits a famous landmark, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Det vækker minder at se Aarhus Domkirke igen. Detaljerne er utrolige!
    “It brings back memories to see Aarhus Cathedral again. The details are incredible!”

    1- Det vækker minder at se Aarhus Domkirke igen.

    First is an expression meaning “It brings back memories to see Aarhus Cathedral again.”
    If you’re feeling nostalgic when looking at Aarhus Cathedral, you can use this phrase to state that seeing it again brings back memories of past visits or experiences.

    2- Detaljerne er utrolige!

    Then comes the phrase - “The details are incredible!”
    You can use this phrase to express that the details of something are so incredible, astounding, or amazing that it’s hard to believe it’s real. Replace “detaljerne” if something in the plural form is incredible.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Jeg har faktisk aldrig været inde i kirken…

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “I’ve actually never been inside the church…”
    Use this expression to share a pertinent personal experience.

    2- Spiret på tårnet sætter virkelig prikken over i’et!

    Her supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “The spire on the tower really is the icing on the cake!”
    If you’ve been to the same location as the poster, in this instance the Aarhus Cathedral, which has a remarkable spire, this would be a good phrase to use.

    3- Jeg håber, du tager mange billeder!

    Her husband’s high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “I hope you’ll take a lot of pictures!”
    Use this expression to show your interest in the poster’s experience and would like to see their photos.

    4- Dejligt at se du har lidt tid til at gå på opdagelse. Vi har det godt herhjemme!

    Her husband, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Nice to see you have a little time to go exploring. We are doing good at home!”
    Use this expression to show you are happy about the poster’s good experience, and reassure them that you are well.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • detalje: “detail”
  • kirke: “church”
  • spir: “spire”
  • tårn: “tower”
  • sætte prikken over i’et: “apply the finishing touch”
  • billede: “picture, image”
  • opdagelse: “discovery, detection”
  • Which phrase would you prefer when a friend posts about a famous landmark?

    Share your special places with the world. Or simply post about your relaxing experiences.

    19. Post about Relaxing Somewhere in Danish

    So you’re doing nothing, yet you enjoy that too? Tell your social media friends about it in Danish!

    Hans relaxes at a beautiful place, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Lad afslapningen begynde! Dette er i sandhed et paradis.
    “Let the relaxation begin! This is truly a paradise.”

    1- Lad afslapningen begynde!

    First is an expression meaning “Let the relaxation begin!.”
    This phrase is often used when announcing that you’re going to start relaxing. This can either be in relation to a holiday or simply free time.

    2- Dette er i sandhed et paradis.

    Then comes the phrase - “This is truly a paradise.”
    Use this phrase when describing a place that is not only beautiful but presents endless possibilities, like that of a paradise.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Det kalder jeg en stressfri zone! Nyd det!

    His wife’s high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “That is what I call a stress-free zone! Enjoy it!”
    Use this expression to show you’re feeling positive about the poster’s location, and wish them enjoyment.

    2- Hvor er du henne? Og hvor længe er du væk?

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “Where are you? And how long will you be away?”
    Use these questions to gather more information about the poster’s location, and the length of their stay away from home.

    3- Det er velfortjent, Hans. Vi ses om en uge.

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “It is well-deserved, Hans. See you in a week.”
    Use this expression if you feel positive about the poster’s break.

    4- Nu har du vel husket at købe en returbillet, ikke?

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Now, surely you remembered to buy a return ticket, right?”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous and are in a humorous mood.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • lade: “to let, to allow to”
  • afslapning: “relaxation”
  • kalde: “to call”
  • stressfri: “stress-free”
  • nyde: “to enjoy”
  • velfortjent: “well-deserved, well-earned”
  • returbillet: “return ticket”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s feed?

    The break was great, but now it’s time to return home.

    20. What to Say in Danish When You’re Home Again

    And you’re back! What will you share with friends and followers?

    Johanne returns home after her vacation, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Dejligt at være hjemme igen. Huset står her heldigvis endnu!
    “Nice to be home again. Thankfully, the house is still standing!”

    1- Dejligt at være hjemme igen.

    First is an expression meaning “Nice to be home again”.
    This phrase is used to express how happy you are to be home again after being away for a short or long time. If you aren’t happy to be home again, simply use a different, appropriate adjective at the beginning of the sentence.

    2- Huset står her heldigvis endnu!

    Then comes the phrase - “Luckily, the house is still standing!”
    You can use this phrase to indicate that you’re relieved to see that your house is not completely destroyed after an event such as a party or a period of time that you were unable to keep an eye on things.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Velkommen tilbage! Jeg håber, du har haft en god ferie.

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Welcome back! I hope you had a good vacation.”
    This is a traditional, warm welcoming greeting after a person has been away on holiday.

    2- Har du været bekymret for huset, mens du var væk? Ha ha…

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Were you worried about the house while you were away? Ha ha…”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous and in a humorous mood.

    3- Jeg glæder mig til at høre alt om din tur! Godt, du ikke blev kidnappet!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “I am looking forward to hearing all about your trip! Glad you weren’t kidnapped!”
    Use this expression to be funny, but also to indicate interest in the details of the poster’s trip.

    4- Velkommen hjem, skat! Vi har savnet dig og passet godt på huset.

    Her husband, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Welcome home, honey! We have missed you and taken good care of the house.”
    A warm welcome from a husband to his wife.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • dejlig: “lovely, delightful, fine, nice”
  • heldigvis: “luckily, fortunately”
  • velkommen: “welcome”
  • ferie: “holiday, vacation”
  • bekymre: “to worry”
  • tur: “trip”
  • savne: “to miss”
  • How would you welcome a friend back from a trip?

    And what do you post on social media when you celebrate something in Danish, such as Easter Day?

    21. It’s Time to Celebrate in Danish

    It’s Easter and you wish to post something about it on social media. What would you say?

    Hans is enjoying an Easter egg, shares a photo of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Jeg kunne ikke dy mig… Der er vist liiige nok til hele familien!
    “I couldn’t resist… There is juuust enough for the whole family!”

    1- Jeg kunne ikke dy mig…

    First is an expression meaning “I could not resist…”
    This phrase is most often used to indicate that you couldn’t resist the temptation to do something. You just had to give in to it.

    2- Der er vist liiige nok til hele familien!

    Then comes the phrase - “There is juuust enough for the whole family!”
    This phrase is used to express that you think there’s just enough of something for the whole family, such as food or something else that can be shared. Because of the formal subject “der” at the beginning of the sentence, you don’t actually say “I think.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Sikke et gigantisk påskeæg! Gem noget til mig!

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “What a gigantic Easter egg! Save some for me!”
    Use this expression to share the poster’s enthusiasm for the chocolate Easter egg.

    2- Du bliver dagens helt med det påskeæg! God påske!

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “You’ll be the hero of the day with that Easter egg! Happy Easter!”
    Use this expression to agree with the poster that the egg is amazing, and also extend the traditional Easter greetings.

    3- Hvor meget kostede dét æg?!

    His wife, Johanne, uses an expression meaning - “How much did that egg cost?!”
    Use this expression if you’re in a funny mood and pretend to be worried about the egg’s cost. (Replace “egg” with anything appropriate..) Unless you really are worried about the price of the egg!, but then it’s not a good idea to start a conversation about it on social media.

    4- Du har ikke godt af mere chokolade, Hans…

    His nephew, Noah, uses an expression meaning - “More chocolate is not good for you, Hans…”
    Use this expression if you are worried about the poster’s health.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • vist: “certainly”
  • nok: “enough”
  • gigantisk: “gigantic”
  • påskeæg: “Easter egg”
  • gemme: “to hide, to save”
  • dagens helt: “hero of the day”
  • have godt af: “to be good for, will do good”
  • If a friend posted something about a holiday, which phrase would you use?

    Easter Day and other public commemoration days are not the only special ones to remember!

    22. Posting about a Birthday on Social Media in Danish

    Your friend or you are celebrating your birthday in an unexpected way. Be sure to share this on social media!

    Johanne goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Det er ingen sag at blive ældre, når man har en dejlig familie og fantastiske venner!
    “It is no big deal becoming older when you have a lovely family and amazing friends!”

    1- det er ingen sag at blive ældre

    First is an expression meaning “it is no big deal becoming older.”
    This is a convenient phrase you can use to indicate that you don’t think becoming older is a big deal. In fact, you find it very easy.

    2- når man har en dejlig familie og fantastiske venner

    Then comes the phrase - “when you have a lovely family and amazing friends!”
    You can use this phrase when talking about how nice and great your family and friends are. Contrast this with something negative to indicate that difficulties become easier to handle because of the people in your life.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Tillykke med fødselsdagen, søde! 30 er det nye 20!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Happy birthday, sweety! 30 is the new 20!”
    With these phrases, you are wishing the poster a good birthday in a traditional way. You also indicate that you are essentially agreeing with the notion that age doesn’t matter much.

    2- Tillykke, min skat. Du ser lige så ung og smuk ud, som første gang jeg så dig.

    Her husband, Hans, uses an expression meaning - “Happy birthday, my darling. You look just as young and beautiful as the first time I saw you.”
    Use this expression when you mean to compliment the poster beautifully on looking young despite their age.

    3- Endnu en gang stort tillykke med dagen, kære nabo!

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Once again, happy birthday, dear neighbor!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted, using a variation of the traditional birthday wish.

    4- Tillykke og hip hip hurra! Du ældes med ynde!

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Happy birthday and hip hip hooray! You age gracefully!”
    Use this expression when you are feeling frivolous, and also compliments the poster on her youthful appearance, despite her age.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • familie: “family”
  • ven: “friend”
  • tillykke: “congratulations”
  • ung: “young”
  • første gang: “first time”
  • ældes: “to age”
  • ynde: “grace”
  • If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use?

    23. Talking about New Year on Social Media in Danish

    Impress your friends with your Danish New Year’s wishes this year. Learn the phrases easily!

    Hans celebrates the New Year, posts an image of the festivities, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Godt nytår til alle!!! Pas godt på hinanden!
    “Happy New Year to all!!! Take good care of each other!”

    1- Godt nytår til alle!!!

    First is an expression meaning “Happy New Year to all!!!”
    This greeting is used when wishing a Happy New Year to everyone. This is very convenient if you don’t feel like writing personal greetings to everyone you’re friends with online.

    2- Pas godt på hinanden!

    Then comes the phrase - “Take good care of each other!”
    This phrase reminds your friends and family to show care and consideration toward everyone over the New Year. It’s a very common phrase around New Year’s Eve as there can be accidents due to a combination of fireworks, heavy drinking, frosty weather, and poor judgement.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Mange tak for i år, Hans! Hav en god fest!

    His supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “Thank you very much for this year, Hans! Have a nice party!”
    This is a pleasant way to thank someone on social media for something, and wish them a nice party.

    2- Kom godt ind i det nye år. Vi ses på den anden side!

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Be well into the new year. See you on the other side!”
    This is a non-traditional New Year’s wish for good health and wellbeing, also saying that you will see the poster after the New Year festivities.

    3- Tak for et godt år!

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “Thank you for a great year!”
    Use this to express your gratitude for a good friendship.

    4- Godt nytår til dig og din familie. Må næste år blive lige så berigende!

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Happy New Year to you and your family. May next year be just as rewarding!”
    This is a more traditional, warmhearted wish for the New Year, extended to the whole family of the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • hinanden: “each other, one another”
  • år: “year”
  • fest: “party”
  • ny: “new”
  • den anden side: “the other side”
  • næste: “next”
  • berige: “to enrich”
  • Which is your favorite phrase to post on social media during New Year?

    But before New Year’s Day comes another important day…

    24. What to Post on Christmas Day in Danish

    What will you say in Danish about Christmas?

    Johanne celebrates Christmas with her family, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Johanne’s post.

    Glædelig jul fra Familien Vestergaard! Ho ho ho!
    “Merry Christmas from the Vestergaard Family! Ho ho ho!”

    1- Glædelig jul fra Familien Vestergaard!

    First is an expression meaning “Merry Christmas from the Vestergaard Family!”
    This is a very common holiday greeting during Christmas time. Replace the Danish last name with your own if you and your family want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas in Danish. If it’s just you, remove “Familien Vestergaard” and replace it with “mig,” which means “me,” or simply your first name.

    2- Ho ho ho!

    Then comes the phrase - “Ho ho ho!”
    This is used exactly like it is in English when imitating Santa Claus’s jolly laugh. The third ‘ho’ is often longer than the first two. Make sure to get in character!

    COMMENTS

    In response, Johanne’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Glædelig jul! Hav en dejlig aften i familiens skød.

    Her neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Merry Christmas! Have a lovely evening with the family.”
    Use this expression as a traditional, benevolent Christmas wish for the poster and their family.

    2- God jul, Johanne! Skræmte Hans’ julemandskostume ikke alle i din familien?!

    Her high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Merry Christmas, Johanne! Didn’t Hans’ Santa costume scare everyone in your family?!”
    This is a traditional Christmas wish, as well as a funny comment.

    3- Rigtig glædelig jul til dig og din familie.

    Her supervisor, Bent, uses an expression meaning - “A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.”
    This is also a traditional Christmas wish.

    4- God jul! Lad nu være med at overspise, hi hi…

    Her college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Merry Christmas! Now don’t overeat, hee hee…”
    Another traditional Christmas wish plus an admonition to not eat too much.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • aften: “evening”
  • familie: “family”
  • dejlig: “lovely”
  • julemandskostume: “Santa costume”
  • rigtig: “really”
  • lade være med: “to not do”
  • overspise: “to overeat”
  • If a friend posted something about Christmas greetings, which phrase would you use?

    So, the festive season is over! Yet, there will always be other days, besides a birthday, to wish someone well.

    25. Post about Your Anniversary in Danish

    Some things deserve to be celebrated, like wedding anniversaries. Learn which Danish phrases are meaningful and best suited for this purpose!

    Hans celebrates his wedding anniversary with his wife, posts an image of them together, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Hans’ post.

    Glæder mig til mange flere år sammen med denne skønne kvinde. Tillykke med bryllupsdagen, min elskede!
    “Looking forward to many more years with this wonderful woman. Happy anniversary, my love!”

    1- Glæder mig til mange flere år sammen med denne skønne kvinde.

    First is an expression meaning “Looking forward to many more years with this wonderful woman.”
    This phrase is convenient if you want to express your love for your girlfriend or wife, as it indicates how much you look forward to spending many more years with her.

    2- Tillykke med bryllupsdagen, min elskede!

    Then comes the phrase - “Happy anniversary, my love!”
    You can use this simple phrase to wish your spouse a happy anniversary while also expressing great affection toward them by calling them “my love.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Hans’ friends leave some comments.

    1- Jeg bliver helt rørt på jeres vegne! Tillykke med bryllupsdagen!

    His high school friend, Frederikke, uses an expression meaning - “I get all touched on your behalf! Happy anniversary!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic.

    2- Tillykke tillykke! Jeg har også brug for en mand med det samme!

    His wife’s high school friend, Susanne, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations, congratulations! I also need a husband straight away!”
    This is an enthusiastic, positive congratulation, as well as the wish to be married yourself.

    3- I ønskes begge en rigtig glædelig bryllupsdag!

    His neighbor, Gitte, uses an expression meaning - “Wishing you both a very happy anniversary!”
    This is a traditional wish for the occasion.

    4- Tillykke! Hvornår finder du en kone til mig?!

    His college friend, Isak, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations! When will you find a wife for me?!”
    Use this expression when you are feeling frivolous and humorous, also wishing to be married.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • glæde sig: “to look forward to”
  • år: “year”
  • kvinde: “woman”
  • bryllupsdag: “wedding day, wedding anniversary”
  • mand: “man, husband”
  • med det samme: “straight away”
  • kone: “wife”
  • If a friend posted something about Anniversary greetings, which phrase would you use?

    Conclusion

    Learning to speak a new language will always be easier once you know key phrases that everybody uses. These would include commonly used expressions for congratulations and best wishes, etc.

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    Fars Dag: How to Celebrate Father’s Day in Denmark

    Father’s Day (or Fars Dag), admittedly, isn’t the most celebrated of Danish holidays, but that doesn’t mean that Danish fathers are left out in the cold! Keeping in mind that it takes place on the same date as the Constitution Day of Denmark, the honor and appreciation fathers are shown means that much more.

    At DanishClass101.com, we hope to make learning about Danish holidays and traditions both fun and informative! After all, learning about a country’s culture is a vital step forward in mastering the language.

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    1. What is Father’s Day in Denmark?

    Father’s Day is easily overlooked because of Constitution Day, as both fall on June 5 every year.

    The day is in many ways similar to Mother’s Day, but a significant difference is that most fathers probably take it less personally if the family has not remembered what day it is. They have often forgotten it themselves.

    Of course, you can also find expectant fathers around the country on Father’s Day. And even more children with a guilty conscience about having forgotten it—especially adult children.

    It is believed that Father’s Day stands in the shadow of Mother’s Day because the father role has not had an equal need to be celebrated and receive extra attention like the housewife role over time.

    2. Father’s Day Date: When is Father’s Day?

    Father's Day is on a Sunday

    Denmark celebrates Father’s Day each year on June 5, which happens to be the same date as the Danish Constitution Day. For this reason, on Constitution Day, Denmark tends to put Father’s Day on a shelf, though there are still a few typical traditions which we outlined below.

    3. Reading Practice: Father’s Day Celebrations

    Showing Appreciation for Dad

    How do the Danish celebrate Father’s Day? Read the Danish text below to find out about Danish holiday food for Father’s Day, and other Father’s Day celebrations in Denmark. You can find the English translation directly below it.

    Men de, som ikke har glemt dagen, køber som regel gaver i form af øl, vin eller stærkere drikkevarer, chokolade, en god middag eller en oplevelsespakke. Nogle vælger også at købe, hvad man måske kan betragte som typiske ting, som fædre altid kan bruge. For eksempel værktøj, underbukser eller udstyr til grillen.

    Traditioner for fars dag varierer fra familie til familie.

    Har man for eksempel mindre børn, kan man som far næsten med sikkerhed forvente at få en hjemmelavet gave. Men noget andet, som normalt også hører med til gaven, er et hjemmelavet kort. I kortet står der venlige ord og kærlige hilsner, som måske betyder mere for en far, end blomster gør på mors dag.

    I nogle familier kan det være tradition at servere morgenmad på sengen eller bare gøre lidt ekstra ud af morgenmaden.

    Andre vælger måske at vente til om eftermiddagen og overraske med kage, hvorpå der for eksempel står skrevet ‘far’ med glasur.

    Selvfølgelig er der også nogle, som venter med at fejre fars dag til om aftenen, hvor hele familien spiser ude eller laver manden i husets livret derhjemme.

    Nogle fædre kan måske også lide bare at få lov til at være i fred.

    But those who have not forgotten the day usually purchase gifts in the form of beer, wine, or stronger beverages, chocolate, a good dinner, or an experience package. Some also choose to buy what one might consider as typical things that fathers can always use. For example, tools, underpants, or equipment for the barbecue.

    Traditions for Father’s Day vary from family to family.

    For example, if you have small children, as a father you can almost certainly expect to get a homemade gift. But something else that also normally comes with the gift is a homemade card. Kind words and loving greetings are written in the card, which may mean more to a father than flowers do on Mother’s Day.

    In some families, it may be tradition to serve breakfast in bed or just make a little extra out of the breakfast.

    Others may choose to wait till the afternoon and surprise with cake on which, for example, “Father” is written in icing.

    Of course, there are also some people who wait to celebrate Father’s Day until the evening, when the whole family eats out or makes the man of the house’s favorite food at home.

    Some fathers may also like to just to be left in peace.

    4. Communication Problems…

    Do you know why Father’s Day is not celebrated on the second Sunday in November as in the other Nordic countries?

    Because the Board of Nordic traders, who would rather have Father’s Day to be in the fall, forgot to communicate the changing of the date properly. So Denmark held on to June 5.

    5. Useful Vocabulary for Father’s Day in Denmark

    Coffee, Donut, and Gifts

    Here’s some vocabulary for Father’s Day in Denmark!

    • Søndag — “Sunday”
    • Søn — “Son”
    • Datter — “Daughter”
    • Far — “Father”
    • Aftensmad — “Dinner
    • Elske — “Love”
    • Gave — “Present”
    • Lykønskningskort — “Greeting card”
    • Fejre — “Celebrate”
    • Gavekort — “Gift certificate”
    • Fars dag — “Father’s Day”

    To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our Danish Father’s Day vocabulary list. Here, each word is listed alongside an audio file of its pronunciation.

    Conclusion

    What do Father’s Day traditions look like in your country? Are they similar or very different? Let us know in the comments!

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    How to Celebrate the Easter Holiday in Denmark

    For the Easter holiday, Denmark celebrates all week long. But the Monday after Easter (Easter Monday) is especially a time of celebration for the Danish.

    Learn all about the Easter Monday traditions of the Danish, and get an answer to the question “Why do we celebrate Easter Monday?” with DanishClass101.com! We hope to make this learning experience fun and insightful for you. So let’s get started, and delve into Easter Monday’s meaning in Denmark.

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    1. What is Easter Monday in Denmark?

    Is the Monday after Easter a holiday?

    Well, Easter includes Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Day. Together they form the Easter break, where most people are off from work and school, and the stores are closed. Easter Monday is the main day of celebration for the Danish, and is celebrated with an Easter Monday lunch.

    Easter in Denmark is celebrated religiously as the week leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion and the day of his resurrection.

    2. When is it?

    Easter Eggs and Flowers

    The date of Easter Monday varies from year to year, so for your convenience, here’s this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

    • 2019: April 22
    • 2020: April 13
    • 2021: April 5
    • 2022: April 18
    • 2023: April 10
    • 2024: April 1
    • 2025: April 21
    • 2026: April 6
    • 2027: March 29
    • 2028: April 17

    3. How is it Celebrated?

    Jesus Image in Stained Glass

    How is Easter celebrated in Denmark? Read the Danish text below to find out (you can find the English translation directly below it).


    I påsken holdes der mange påskefrokoster, hvor man spiser retter, der unægteligt ligner dem, man får til julefrokost. Der er fisk og smørrebrød, lune retter og til sidst ostebord. De lune retter må gerne indeholde lam, kylling eller æg. Hertil drikker man oftest påskebryg og så selvfølgelig snaps.

    Påskens farve er gul og grøn, og pynten består af påskeæg, påskekyllinger, påskelam og påskeharer.

    Alle fire symboliserer frugtbarhed, men i gamle dage kunne ægget også være et tegn på, at man var fri fra skyld eller gæld.

    Derudover hører tulipaner, påskeliljer og vintergækker som forårsbebudere også påsken til. Og det er meget almindeligt at have grene med små skud. Nogle laver egen påskepynt ved at puste æg og derefter male de tomme skaller.

    I Danmark er påskeæg oftest af chokolade og kan fås i forskellige størrelser eller formet som en påskehare. Men man kan også få påskeæg af pap, som så kan indeholde slik eller små chokoladeæg.

    Dyrere påskeæg er med marcipan- og nougatfyld og er dækket af et tykt lag chokolade.

    En sjov måde at få påskeæg på især for børn er ved at tage på æggejagt i haven, hvor påskeharen har gemt sine æg rundt omkring.

    Til påske sendes der gækkebreve. Klip et mønster i et papir og skriv et digt og dit navn med prikker. Gætter modtageren afsenderen, skylder afsenderen et påskeæg. Hvis ikke, er det omvendt.

    During Easter, many host Easter lunches, where food quite similar to the Christmas lunch is served. Examples include fish and open sandwiches, warm dishes, and a cheese tray. Warm dishes are often lamb, chicken, or eggs. With this the drinks served will typically be Easter brew and of course snaps.

    The official color of Easter is yellow, and the decorations include Easter eggs, Easter chickens, Easter lamb, and Easter Bunnies.

    All four represent fertility, but in the old days, the egg often meant that one was freed from guilt or debt.

    In addition, tulips, daffodils, and snowdrops, which serve as universal symbols of spring, belong to Easter. And it is very common to see branches with small buds. Some people make Easter decorations by blowing out the contents of the egg and painting the shells.

    In Denmark, you’ll find that most Easter eggs consist of chocolate and are available in various sizes, or shaped like an Easter Bunny. You can also get Easter eggs made of cardboard that contain candy or little chocolate eggs.

    More expensive Easter eggs contain marzipan and nougat, and are covered by a thick layer of chocolate.

    A fun way to get Easter eggs, especially for children, is to go hunting for them in the garden, where the Easter Bunny has hidden its eggs all over the place.

    For Easter, people send each other gækkebreve. Cut a pattern in paper and write your name using dots; if the recipient can guess the sender, the sender owes an Easter egg. If not, the opposite is true.

    4. Additional Information

    Do you know the name of the day when the Easter brew is launched?

    It’s called P-Day and is mostly celebrated by students. The “P” obviously stands for “Easter brew” (Påskebryg), as the “J” stands for “Christmas brew” (Julebryg). The launch of the Easter brew isn’t as heavily celebrated as the Christmas brew.

    5. Must-know Vocab

    Black and White Photos

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Easter Monday in Denmark!

    • Påske — “Easter”
    • Påskedag — “Easter Sunday”
    • Fejring — “Celebration”
    • Anden Påskedag — “Easter Monday”
    • Folkekirke — “Established church”
    • Mindes — “Remember”
    • Opstå — “Arise”
    • Kristus — “Christ”
    • Discipel — “Disciple”
    • Helligdag — “Holiday”
    • Opstandelse — “Resurrection”
    • Minde — “Memory”

    To hear each word pronounced, check out our Danish Easter Monday vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio of its pronunciation.

    Conclusion

    We hope you enjoyed learning about Denmark’s Easter Monday with us. What do you think about how the Danish celebrate Easter? Are celebrations similar in your country? Let us know in the comments!

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    Know that all of your hard work is going to pay off and make you a fluent Danish speaker—and we’ll be here for the entire way there! Best wishes, and happy Easter!

    How to Say I Love You in Danish - Romantic Word List

    Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Danish could be just what you need to find it.

    Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Danish partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At DanishClass101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Danish lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Danish dating easy for you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
    4. Danish Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
    5. Danish Quotes about Love
    6. Marriage Proposal Lines
    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
    8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Danish Faster?

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    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

    So, you have met your Danish love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Danish word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Danish date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

    Danish Date Phrases

    Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

    • Kunne du tænke dig at gå ud at spise middag med mig?

    The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Danish is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

    Are you free this weekend?

    • Er du ledig denne weekend?

    This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

    Would you like to hang out with me?

    • Kunne du tænke dig at hænge ud med mig?

    You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

    What time shall we meet tomorrow?

    • Hvad tid skal vi mødes i morgen?

    Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

    Where shall we meet?

    • Hvor skal vi mødes?

    You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

    You look great.

    • Du ser godt ud.

    A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

    You are so cute.

    • Du er så sød.

    If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

    What do you think of this place?

    • Hvad synes du om dette sted?

    This another good conversation starter. Show off your Danish language skills!

    Can I see you again?

    • Kan jeg se dig igen?

    So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

    Shall we go somewhere else?

    • Skal vi gå et andet sted hen?

    If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

    I know a good place.

    • Jeg kender et godt sted.

    Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

    I will drive you home.

    • Jeg kører dig hjem.

    If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

    That was a great evening.

    • Det var en dejlig aften.

    This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

    When can I see you again?

    • Hvornår kan jeg se dig igen?

    If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

    I’ll call you.

    • Jeg ringer til dig.

    Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

    You learned all the Danish phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Danish below!

    Date Ideas in Danish

    museum

    • museum

    If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

    candlelit dinner

    • middag med stearinlys

    A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

    go to the zoo

    • tage i zoologisk have

    This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

    go for a long walk

    • gå en lang tur

    Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

    go to the opera

    • gå i operaen

    This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

    go to the aquarium

    • tage på akvariet

    Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

    walk on the beach

    • gå på stranden

    This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

    have a picnic

    • tage på skovtur

    If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

    cook a meal together

    • lave et måltid sammen

    If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

    have dinner and see a movie

    • spise middag og se en film

    This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

    Valentine's Day Words in Danish

    Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Danish - think how impressed your date will be!

    4. Danish Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

    So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Danish yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Danish? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Danish love on this special day!

    Valentine's Day Words in Danish

    You mean so much to me.

    • Du betyder så meget for mig.

    This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

    Will you be my Valentine?

    • Vil du være min Valentine?

    With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

    You’re so beautiful.

    • Du er så smuk.

    If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Danish, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

    I think of you as more than a friend.

    • Jeg tænker på dig som mere end en ven.

    Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Danish dating culture.

    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    • Hundrede hjerter ville være for få til at bære al min kærlighed til dig.

    You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    • Kærlighed er bare kærlighed. Det kan aldrig blive forklaret.

    If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

    You’re so handsome.

    • Du er så flot.

    Ladies, this phrase lets your Danish love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

    I’ve got a crush on you.

    • Jeg har et crush på dig.

    If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

    You make me want to be a better man.

    • Du giver mig lyst til at være en bedre mand.

    Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Danish girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

    Let all that you do be done in love.

    • Lad alt, hvad du gør, ske i kærlighed.

    We hope.

    You are my sunshine, my love.

    • Du er mit solskin, min kærlighed.

    A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    • Ord kan ikke beskrive min kærlighed til dig.

    Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

    We were meant to be together.

    • Det var meningen, vi skulle være sammen.

    This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

    • Hvis du tænkte på nogen, mens du læste dette, er du helt sikkert forelsket.

    Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

    I love you.

    • Jeg elsker dig.

    Saying ‘I love you’ in Danish carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

    5. Danish Quotes about Love

    Danish Love Quotes

    You’re a love champ! You and your Danish lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Danish that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

    6. Marriage Proposal Lines

    Danish Marriage Proposal Lines

    Wow. Your Danish lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Danish custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

    Danish Break-Up Lines

    Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Vi har brug for at tale sammen.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Det er ikke dig. Det er mig.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Danish lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Jeg er bare ikke klar til denne slags forhold.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Lad os bare være venner.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Danish, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Jeg synes, ​​vi har brug for en pause.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Du fortjener bedre.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Vi bør begynde at se andre mennesker.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Jeg har brug for min plads.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Jeg synes, ​​vi går for hurtigt frem.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Jeg har brug for at fokusere på min karriere.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Jeg er ikke god nok til dig.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Jeg elsker dig ikke mere.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Vi er bare ikke rigtige for hinanden.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Det er for det bedste.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Vi er vokset fra hinanden.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Danish faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. DanishClass101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Danish language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Danish Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Danish speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    DanishClass101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Danish, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Danish even faster.

    2- Having your Danish romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Danish language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Danish lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Danish partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Danish is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at DanishClass101 is translated into both English and Danish. So, while your partner can help you learn Danish faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Danish Culture
    At DanishClass101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Denmark. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Danish partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Danish Phrases
    You now have access to DanishClass101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Danish soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Danish

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Danish!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Danish Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can DanishClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Danish - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Danish? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Danish words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - vittighed
    2. funny - sjov
    3. lie - lyve
    4. deceptive - vildledende
    5. surprise - overraske
    6. prank - narrestreg
    7. humor - humor
    8. fool - nar
    9. April 1st - 43191
    10. play a joke - lave sjov
    11. prankster - spøgefugl
    12. sneaky - luskede

    2. Danish Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Danish Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Danish to prank your favorite Danish friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Danish in 1 month.
      • Jeg lærte dansk på én måned.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Alle timer for i dag blev annulleret.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Jeg er ked af det, men jeg har lige ødelagt dine yndlingsbriller.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Nogen har lige ramt din bil.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Jeg skal giftes.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Du vandt en gratis billet.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Jeg så din bil bliver bugseret.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • De giver gratis gavekort foran bygningen.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • En flot fyr venter på dig udenfor.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • En smuk dame bad mig om at give dette telefonnummer til dig.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Kan du komme nedenunder? Jeg har noget særligt til dig.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Tak for dit kærlighedsbrev i morges. Jeg havde aldrig gættet dine følelser.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Danish, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can DanishClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Denmark, or if you work for any Danish company, knowing the above Danish prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Danish words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Danish & New Year Wishes

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Danish

    Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

    So, how do you say Happy New Year in Danish? Let a native teach you! At DanishClass101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Danish New Year wishes!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Denmark
    2. Must-Know Danish Words & Phrases for the New Year!
    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Danish
    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
    7. How DanishClass101 Can Help You Learn Danish

    But let’s start with some vocabulary for Danish New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Denmark

    How to Celebrate New Year

    In Denmark, the New Year’s party continues into New Year’s Day on January 1st. But instead of warming up until midnight with food and amusement, the day starts with a bang, and the excitement gradually decreases by the hour.

    Do you know how many New Year’s speeches Queen Margrethe the Second has delivered as of December 31, 2016?

    If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later, so keep reading!

    The biggest event on New Year’s Day is of course the fireworks that fill the skies when the clock in the Town Hall Square reaches 1 out of 12 beats.
    Next, everyone wishes each other a happy new year while sipping champagne and eating almond cake. Most people watch the fireworks outside, so it is important to wear protective goggles if there are neighbours who are crazy about fireworks nearby. This is the only day of the year it’s legal to use fireworks without a special permit.

    When the bells in the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen has chimed through all 12 beats, Denmark’s radio girl choir sing on TV the song “Be welcome, year of our lord.” You can sing or hum along right from your living room. After the national anthem is sung, but most people don’t stay to hear it since the party has gone outside or to the city to see fireworks. Since New Year’s Day is a holiday, the party will often continue into the wee hours until early morning.

    Most stores are usually closed, and only a few restaurants choose to remain open on January 1st, especially fast food chains and barbecue places. That is why some people choose to end the night shortly after the fireworks to get some sleep before going to work. Many young people do party all night, work, and sleep when they get off work.

    Because of major hangovers, the TV shows on January 1st are nothing but entertainment and easy-to-watch shows from your couch or bed. Examples of this would be the New Year’s Concert and ski jumps.

    And now I’ll give you the answer to the earlier quiz.

    Do you know how many New Year’s speeches Queen Margrethe the Second has delivered as of December 31, 2016?

    As of December 31, 2016 she has delivered 46 New Year’s speeches.

    Happy New Year!
    Hav et godt nytår!

    2. Must-Know Danish Words & Phrases for the New Year!

    Danish Words & Phrases for the New Year

    1- Year

    år

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Denmark could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

    2- Midnight

    midnat

    The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

    3- New Year’s Day

    Nytårsdag

    In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

    You can do it!

    4- Party

    fest

    A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

    5- Dancing

    dans

    Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

    6- Champagne

    champagne

    Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

    7- Fireworks

    fyrværkeri

    These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

    Happy Near Year!

    8- Countdown

    nedtælling

    This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

    9- New Year’s Holiday

    nytårsdag helligdag

    In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

    10- Confetti

    konfetti

    In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    11- New Year’s Eve

    Nytårsaften

    This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

    12- Toast

    skål

    A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

    13- Resolution

    forsæt

    Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

    14- Parade

    parade

    New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At DanishClass101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Danish New Year celebrations are like!

    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s Resolutions List

    So, you learned the Danish word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at DanishClass101 - what are yours?

    Learn these phrases and impress your Danish friends with your vocabulary.

    New Year's Resolutions

    1- Read more

    Læse mere.

    Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Danish in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Danish language skills!

    2- Spend more time with family

    Tilbringe mere tid med familien.

    Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

    3- Lose weight

    Tabe sig.

    Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

    4- Save money

    Spare penge.

    Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to DanishClass101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

    5- Quit smoking

    Stoppe med at ryge.

    This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

    6- Learn something new

    Lære noget nyt.

    Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

    7- Drink less

    Drikke mindre.

    This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

    8- Exercise regularly

    Træne regelmæssigt.

    This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

    9- Eat healthy

    Spise sundt.

    If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

    10- Study Danish with DanishClass101

    at læse dansk med DanishClass101.com

    Of course! You can only benefit from learning Danish, especially with us! Learning how to speak Danish can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. DanishClass101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

    Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Danish new year greeting!

    Make decorative notes of these in Danish, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Danish incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

    Language Learning Quotes

    Still undecided whether you should enroll with DanishClass101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

    Click here to read the most inspirational Language Learning Quotes!

    As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Danish could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Danish - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

    Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Danish - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

    7. Why Enrolling with DanishClass101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

    If you are unsure how to celebrate the New Year, why not give yourself a huge gift, and enroll to learn Danish! With more than 12 years of experience behind us, we know that DanishClass101 would be the perfect fit for you. There are so many reasons for this!

    Learning Paths

    • Custom-tailored Learning Paths: Start learning Danish at the level that you are. We have numerous Learning Pathways, and we tailor them just for you based on your goals and interests! What a boon!
    • Marked Progress and Fresh Learning Material Every Week: We make new lessons available every week, with an option to track your progress. Topics are culturally appropriate and useful, such as “Learning how to deliver negative answers politely to a business partner.” Our aim is to equip you with Danish that makes sense!
    • Multiple Learning Tools: Learn in fun, easy ways with resources such 1,000+ video and audio lessons, flashcards, detailed PDF downloads, and mobile apps suitable for multiple devices!
    • Fast Track Learning Option: If you’re serious about fast-tracking your learning, Premium Plus would be the perfect way to go! Enjoy perks such as personalised lessons with ongoing guidance from your own, native-speaking teacher, and one-on-one learning on your mobile app! You will not be alone in your learning. Weekly assignments with non-stop feedback, answers and corrections will ensure speedy progress.
    • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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    There’s no reason not to go big in 2018 by learning Danish with DanishClass101. Just imagine how the world can open up for you!