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INTRODUCTION
Hello! Hej! My name is Anna and I'll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course.
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Denmark is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you simple expressions that are bound to come in handy throughout your trip to Denmark. I can’t stress this enough: A little a bit of language can go a long way!
GRAMMAR POINT
In Danish the most simple way of saying “Thank you” is
Tak.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Tak.
Once more:
Tak.
Tak is an interjection and is derived from the verb takke. The dictionary form is “at takke” which in English will be translated as “to thank”. The English equivalent to “Tak” would be “thanks”.
In Danish we have a saying Tak er et fattigt ord! which means “Thank you is a poor word”. Meaning that because Tak is only one syllable, it doesn’t take much effort to say. So don’t forget it!
If you want to make clear who you are thanking, like the English phrase “Thank you”, you say “Tak skal du have.” which literally means “Thanks you shall have.”
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Tak skal du ha-ve.
Once more:
Tak skal du have.
Skal du have can be added at the end of any of the phrases I will teach you from now on. You automatically make the phrase polite with it. Also, notice that many Danes will leave out the last syllable of have, so it becomes ha’.
Let’s hear it:
(slow) Tak skal du ha’!
Tak skal du ha’!
There will be occasions when you want express your gratitude in a more appreciable manner. Then, you should use the expression Mange tak!
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Man-ge tak.
Once more:
Mange tak.
The first word mange means “many” or “lot”, so the English equivalent of Mange tak is “Many thanks”.
Actually, you can also say Tusind tak! which expresses the same level of appreciation as Mange tak!
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Tu-sin-d tak!
Once more:
Tusind tak!
The word tusind means “thousand”
(slow) tu-sind
tusind
To show a deeper gratitude, it is enough to combine the two expressions, so you get Mange tusind tak! which in English will be translated as “Many many thanks.” or “Thank you very much.”
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Man-ge tu-sind tak.
Once more:
Mange tusind tak.
An even more formal way of expressing your gratitude is Mange tusind gange tak. Literally translated, it is “Many thousand times thanks”. I just added the word gange to the previous expressions. Easy, don’t you think?
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Man-ge tu-sind gan-ge tak.
Once more:
Mange tusind gange tak.
The third word gange means “times”, and is used as the multiplier to enhance your appreciation.
(slow) Gan-ge.
Gange.

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Hej,i am a heshan kasun.from sri lanka.i would like to learn a danish language .this web site help me to fullfill my dream.whatever , mange tusind gange tak !.

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I work in US for a Danish company. I might go to 'home office' one day and though they all speak English, I don't want to appear ignorant - so I will put in the same effort.

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Hi, my name is Julie.


I am fascinated with the Danish Royal family, so I enjoy watching YouTube that shows documentaries relating to them. Sadly, I have come across a couple of recent videos without English subtitles, which leaves me frustrated.


But, I have a relative who married a Dane, and he told me last weekend at a Christmas gathering how to say “Merry Christmas” (Glaedlig Jul). And I was so excited, and thirsty to learn more.


The YouTube documentaries that DO have the English subtitles on the Royal Family have helped me realize and pick out a few words in Danish that are not that different from words in English:


Like the word for God, which in Danish is “Gud.”

Also, I noticed the words for “Reformation” and Salvation” sound like the English versions.


I am very excited to start this course. I thought it would be a good New Years’ Resolution to learn Danish,




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Ebot Akem
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Heh,

Am studying danish because I want to speak and write danish to have a better job in Denmark. Tusund tak