Language Know How: Denmark Edition

Our first edition of Language Know How explores Denmark where 98% of the population speaks Danish. Here are some fun and interesting facts: 

  • Danish is a northern Germanic, also known as Nordic language, and is also one of the Scandanavian languages.
  • The Danish alphabet has 29 letters and uses the basic 26-letter Latin alphabet plus the three additional letters Æ, Ø, Å.
  • “Hyggelig” is a Danish word that means ‘comfy, cozy, intimate and contented’ and is untranslatable to English.
  • Grammatically there are two genders: common and neuter, not masculine and feminine.
  • In addition to Denmark, Danish is also the official language of Greenland.
  • It is easy to create new Danish words because of their ability to compound words.
  • Changing the sound and pitch of your voice can change the meaning of what you are saying. So be careful!
  • In 1948, Danish gained the new letter å.

 Do you want to learn Danish, or some other language? Read which languages are more difficult to learn on our blog post: The Top Most Difficult Languages To Learn To Speak.

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