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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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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!

Monday at 10:26 pm
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Hello Helena,


Thank you for posting.


Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


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Helena
Monday at 6:49 pm
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Mange tak!

Saturday at 12:37 pm
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Hello MARY,


Thank you for posting.

It's really nice of you that you're learning the language to surprise her. :)


We hope you find the lessons helpful in your learning process.

And we wish you a nice trip in Denmark.

I hope your plan works out.


Cheers,

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MARY DURWARD
Saturday at 11:34 am
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Mange tak! I'm going to Denmark in October for the second time. When I was there two years ago, my exchange daughter asked me why I hadn't learned Danish. I'm working on it now to surprise her.

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Monday at 6:15 pm
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Hello Eleni.


Thank you for your comment and questions.😄


In Danish many words have more meanings. You mentioned "Have" that it means garden. And you are right. It is a noun. But you can also use it as a verb like this: present: har, infinitiv: have and past: havde. And in English it would be has/have/had


Wienerbrød is Danish pastry and there is many many kinds of them. But the Americans use this term: "Danish" for a certain kind of Danish Wienerbrød/Danish pastry. They eat it for breakfast. Hope this clear the confusion. 😜😉


Cheers


Linda,

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Eleni Zeimpeki
Thursday at 4:21 pm
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Hej! Nice to be part of this community.


These days I am reading the vocabulary of the Survival phrases and I realize to 2 words that I think is translated wrong or something I misunderstood.


Weinerbrød is translated as Danish isn't the danish pastry?

have is translated as have isn't the garden?

Sunday at 8:30 am
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Hi Lucas,


Thank you for commenting! We are glad that you enjoyed the lesson! If you ever have any questions, please let us know!


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Cristiane

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Lucas
Saturday at 1:53 am
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Excelent class! Mange tusind tak!

Monday at 3:03 pm
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Hi Ahmed,


Thank you for posting.

We hope you enjoyed the lesson!


Let us know if you have any questions.

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Lena

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ahmed
Sunday at 8:46 pm
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mange tusind gange tak