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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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DanishClass101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi DanishClass101.com Listeners! Thank you for joining us at DanishClass101.com! Why are you studying Danish? Tell us about it in the comments!

DanishClass101.com
Friday at 9:25 pm
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Hi Ebot,


Thank you for posting.


We hope you’ll reach your goal soon!


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Ebot Akem
Friday at 5:56 pm
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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

DanishClass101.com
Tuesday at 11:56 pm
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Hi Ariel,


Great to have you here studying with us!


The Survival Phrases series is ideal to master basic Danish phrases for an upcoming trip to the country!👍


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Ariel Bejo
Tuesday at 11:48 pm
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I'm studying Danish coz I will be going over there at Denmark to join our our religious community. So it's important and a necessity to learn the language. Quite challenging, but I think I can do it. Mange tak for this site. While waiting for my Visa, its time to prepare.

Ariel Bejo
Tuesday at 11:38 pm
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grateful of being here! mange tusind gange tak!

DanishClass101.com
Tuesday at 10:56 pm
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Hi Jimmy.


Thank you for your response.


It's impressive that you're aiming at learning two new languages at once.


Very good, but there are two things to add.


"Jeg vil gerne her dansk og norsk at lære."


The "her" is not placed so early in the sentece as it's the case in German. The "at" is not needed as it is in English.


Could you try to amend the sentence based on my advice?


Have a nice day.


Marc

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Jimmy
Saturday at 12:33 pm
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Hej alle sammen,

Jeg er Jimmy og bor i Frankfurt. Jeg vil gerne her dansk og norsk at lære. Tusind tak!


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Hello everyone,

I am Jimmy and live in Frankfurt. I would like to learn Danish and Norwegian here. Thousand thanks!


I know there are many similarities between the two languages and I hope to master them to have interesting conversations with my customers and my ex-boss who is a Norwegian. We already writing to each other in Danish/Norwegian when I told him I am learning both languages. He has been very supportive.


I am looking forward to my lessons at Danish and Norwegian 101.


Hilsen,

Jimmy

DanishClass101.com
Sunday at 4:14 pm
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Hi Ben,


Thank you for your positive feedback.


Regarding your question about videos on how to speak English for Danish speakers, at the moment we don't offer this course.


Our EnglishClass101.com is available for studying English, however, the course is offered in English at the moment:

https://www.EnglishClass101.com


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Ben
Saturday at 9:27 pm
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Hie. Danish is one of my favorite languages to listen to. The language is like a beautiful song to me and learning more adds to my appreciation of life. As a musican I enjoy hearing new sounds and languages often evolve quickly and have new tones, rhythms, and inflections.


I really enjoy the lessons and appreciate the time that has gone into working to create a programme for English speakers to learn Danish. The videos are extremely helpful to learn how to spell, speak, and read the Danish language. These recordings are the best language instruction I have had, and I have learned French, Spanish, and Farsi from many instructors. The instruction is wel planned out.


Is it possible to make videos on how to speak English for Danish speakers in exchange for the videos of how to speak Danish for English speakers?


Cheers! : )

DanishClass101.com
Tuesday at 6:56 pm
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Hi Farnaz,

@OMan,


Thank you for posting.


Keep up practicing and in case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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