DANISH

About

Danish is a Scandinavian language and thus belongs to the Germanic language family. Unlike German however, Danish only has two genders and only has a few remnants of the case system. The roughly 6 million native speakers mostly live in Denmark, although there are many Danish speakers just across the German border and also in Greenland. Anyone who learns Danish will also get a head start with Norwegian and Swedish, since these languages are often mutually intelligible.


Online Resources

Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer Danish. Check out the review here.

Dansk Her & Nu is a free online course that was developed in cooperation with Denmarks Ministry for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs.

Speak Danish has multiple free lessons but also paid license service for more advanced materials.

Learn Danish is a 10 part video series on Youtube for basic Danish language


Online News

Berlingske

Jyllands-Posten

Politiken


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Where Can I Study It?

University of Washington offers a BA in Danish

University of California - Berkeley offers a BA in Scandinavian Studies - Danish

University of Wisconsin - Madison offers a BA in Scandinavian Studies - Danish


Famous Speakers

Niels Bohr
1922 Nobel Prize winner in Physics. You may know the Bohr model from high school chemistry class.

Hans Christian Andersen
Famous for his fairytales, including The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and The Emperor's New Clothes.

Aqua
Three of the four members of this band are Danish! Known for their hit "Barbie Girl".

Ole Kirk Christiansen
Inventor of Legos

Søren Kierkegaard
One of the Western world's most famous philosophers.

Lars Ulrich
One of the founding members of the metal band Metallica. Lars, who is the drummer, was born and raised in Denmark.

Lars von Trier
Film director known for making thought provoking films.

Jørn Oberg Utzon
He designed the world famous Sydney Opera house.


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