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Beginner Season 1 Lesson 25 - Showing Your Gratitude in Danish
INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to DanishClass101.com. This is Beginner Season 1 Lesson 25 - Showing Your Gratitude in Danish. Eric here.
Anna: Hej! I'm Anna.
Eric: In this final lesson of the series, you’ll learn how to show appreciation in Danish. The conversation takes place at a studio apartment.
Anna: It's between Marcus and Camille.
Eric: The speakers are friends. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Markus: Har du haft det godt her?
Camille: Ja. Jeg vil gerne aflevere nøglen.
Markus: Tak.
Camille: Jeg er taknemmelig for, at jeg måtte låne din lejlighed.
Markus: Det var så lidt.
Camille: Jeg er glad for, jeg ikke ødelagde nogle af dine planer.
Markus: Det er helt i orden.
Camille: Må jeg overnatte igen på torsdag?
Markus: Okay, men så skal du heller ikke ændre på min indretning.
Eric: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Markus: Har du haft det godt her?
Camille: Ja. Jeg vil gerne aflevere nøglen.
Markus: Tak.
Camille: Jeg er taknemmelig for, at jeg måtte låne din lejlighed.
Markus: Det var så lidt.
Camille: Jeg er glad for, jeg ikke ødelagde nogle af dine planer.
Markus: Det er helt i orden.
Camille: Må jeg overnatte igen på torsdag?
Markus: Okay, men så skal du heller ikke ændre på min indretning.
Eric: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Markus: Har du haft det godt her?
Marcus: Have you been well here?
Camille: Ja. Jeg vil gerne aflevere nøglen.
Camille: Yes. I would like to return the key.
Markus: Tak.
Marcus: Thanks.
Camille: Jeg er taknemmelig for, at jeg måtte låne din lejlighed.
Camille: I am grateful that I could borrow your apartment.
Markus: Det var så lidt.
Marcus: You’re welcome.
Camille: Jeg er glad for, jeg ikke ødelagde nogle af dine planer.
Camille: I am glad I did not ruin any of your plans.
Markus: Det er helt i orden.
Marcus: It’s totally alright.
Camille: Må jeg overnatte igen på torsdag?
Camille: Can I stay overnight again on Thursday?
Markus: Okay, men så skal du heller ikke ændre på min indretning.
Marcus: Okay, but you don’t change my decor then.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Anna: Eric, did you know that in Denmark many people will definitely remember if they’ve done someone a big favor?
Eric: I guess it's the same in every country.
Anna: Yes. But, in Denmark, most people will also remember to return the favor, or at least show their appreciation somehow.
Eric: What’s the most common way of returning favors?
Anna: Well, if we’re talking about young people, it’s common to offer to buy the other person drinks the next time they go out together.
Eric: Some people also offer home-cooked meals or buy lunch or dinner at a restaurant or café of their savior's choice.
Anna: If you don’t return a favor or even show appreciation, it’s very unlikely that that person will ever help you out again, so always be polite when you need to ask someone for help!
Eric: Okay, great to know.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is..
Anna: at aflevere [natural native speed]
Eric: to deliver, to return, to pass
Anna: at aflevere [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: at aflevere [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: nøgle [natural native speed]
Eric: key
Anna: nøgle [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: nøgle [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: tak [natural native speed]
Eric: thanks
Anna: tak [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: tak [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: taknemmelig [natural native speed]
Eric: grateful
Anna: taknemmelig [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: taknemmelig [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: at låne [natural native speed]
Eric: to borrow, to lend, to use
Anna: at låne [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: at låne [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: glad [natural native speed]
Eric: happy, glad, pleased
Anna: glad [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: glad [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: helt [natural native speed]
Eric: completely, entirely, wholly, quite
Anna: helt [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: helt [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: orden [natural native speed]
Eric: order, decoration
Anna: orden [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: orden [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have...
Anna: heller [natural native speed]
Eric: rather, either
Anna: heller [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: heller [natural native speed]
Eric: And last..
Anna: at ændre [natural native speed]
Eric: to change
Anna: at ændre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Anna: at ændre [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Eric: Let's have a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Anna: helt
Eric: This is an adverb that means “completely, entirely, wholly, or quite.” You can use it when you want to emphasize something. It’s also used to express certainty or high degrees.
Anna: Right. For example… Du lyder helt anderledes.
Eric: This means “You sound completely different.”
Anna: When helt is used in fixed expressions, it can also mean “totally.” For example... Det er helt vildt.
Eric: “It’s totally crazy.” Anna, can you give us an another example using this word?
Anna: Sure. For example, you can say.. Hun forstår det ikke helt.
Eric: ..which means “She doesn’t quite understand it.” Okay, now we have the phrase -
Anna: i orden
Eric: which means “alright.”
Anna: The phrase i orden is made up of the preposition i, which means “in,” and the common gender noun orden, which means “order.”
Eric: You can use it when you want to express your acceptance of something, like in English “alright.” You can also use the phrase when something is done or “in order.” For example…
Anna: Bilen er i orden nu.
Eric: “The car is alright now.”
Anna: Listeners, even though i orden means “alright,” you can’t use it like its English equivalent and ask if someone is i orden.
Eric: So what phrase should we use in that case?
Anna: If you want to ask “Are you alright?” please use the phrase Er du okay? which means “Are you okay?” or Er alt i orden?, which means “Is everything alright?”
Eric: Good to know. Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Anna: Sure. For example, you can say.. Er det i orden at skifte kanal?
Eric: .. which means “Is it alright to change the channel?” Okay, what's the last word?
Anna: heller,
Eric: this is an adverb meaning “rather or either” You can use it to express limitations.
Anna: Right. For example...Men så heller ikke mere.
Eric: This means “But then no more.”
Anna: You can also use heller when agreeing that something is not the case. For example, Jeg er heller ikke sulten.
Eric: “I am not hungry either.”
Anna: Like in this phrase, heller is always used with a negation, which is most often the adverb ikke meaning “not.”
Eric: Can you give us an example using this pattern?
Anna: Sure. For example, you can say.. De spiser heller ikke kød.
Eric: .. which means “They don’t eat meat either.” Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Eric: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to show appreciation in Danish.
Anna: There are many ways to do this, but in this lesson we’ll cover three common words that will help you express how grateful you are – the noun tak and the adjectives taknemmelig and glad.
Eric: Ok, let’s start with -
Anna: Tak
Eric: meaning “thank you” or “thanks.” It’s a common gender noun. You can use it to express gratitude or appreciation.
Anna: Right. You can emphasize your gratitude by adding the adjective mange
Eric: which means “many.” So, altogether we will have...
Anna: mange tak
Eric: which literally means “many thanks,” but you can translate it as “thank you very much.”
Anna: If you want to emphasize your thanks even more, you can replace mange with the noun tusind -
Eric: which means “thousand” so the new phrase becomes...
Anna: tusind tak.
Eric: “thousand thanks” or “much obliged.” Ok, our next word is the adjective -
Anna: taknemmelig.
Eric: meaning “grateful” or “thankful.”
Eric: You can use it when you truly want to express your gratitude. For example, you can say…
Anna: Jeg er meget taknemmelig.
Eric: “I am very grateful.”
Anna: If you want to say what you are grateful for, you can add the preposition for
Eric: meaning “for,”
Anna: and follow it with a noun, a verb, a phrase, or a subordinate clause.
Eric: For example...
Anna: Hun er taknemmelig for hjælpen.
Eric: “She is grateful for the help.”
Anna: Han er taknemmelig for at få lov til at overnatte.
Eric: “He is grateful for being allowed to stay overnight .”
Anna: Brandmanden er taknemmelig for, at barnet overlever.
Eric: “The fireman is grateful that the child will survive.” Alright, and the last word for this lesson is the adjective -
Anna: glad
Eric: which means “happy,” “glad,” or “pleased.”
Anna: When glad is used in the phrase at være glad for, you can use it to express gratitude or appreciation.
Eric: Anna, let’s break down this phrase to see the meaning of each word.
Anna: Okay. The phrase at være glad for is made up of the word at være, “to be,” glad, meaning “glad,” and the preposition for, which means “for.”
Eric: After that, you can add a noun, a verb, a phrase, or a subordinate clause to say what you are grateful for. Let’s hear some examples.
Anna: For example...Jeg er glad for støtten.
Eric: “I am grateful for the support.”
Anna: Det var hun glad for at høre.
Eric: “She was happy to hear that.”

Outro

Eric: Okay, that’s all for this lesson...
Anna: And for this series.
Eric: We hope you’ve enjoyed it and found it useful. Be sure to check the lesson notes for more information and examples.
Anna: And leave us a message at DanishClass101.com if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.
Eric: In the meantime, thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you in another series. Bye!
Anna: farvel!

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