Danish: The language of fairy tales

Danish is a North Germanic language with similarities to Swedish and Norwegian, as they share roots in Old Norse. The language has a well-documented history dating to the Middle Ages. Danish has a unique vowel system and uses long compound words for abstract concepts.


3 interesting facts about the Danish language

Danish has more vowels than English, including "æ," "ø" and "å" vowels, that form over 27 different sounds.
The Danish language has two genders, common and neuter, instead of masculine and feminine.
Danish is the official language of Denmark and the Faroe Islands and is spoken by 6 million people globally.

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Origin of the language

Old Norse is a common ancestor of Scandinavian languages, including Danish l. Linguistic historians claim Old Danish was spoken between 800 AD and 1525 and then transformed into Modern Danish. It split from Swedish in the early 12th century.


History of the language

Danish developed from Old East Norse. Latin was used for writing on the Danish Peninsula. Evidence of the runic alphabet was found in Scandinavia. Danish first appeared in written form as a legal language in the Jutlandic Law and Scanian Law from the 13th century.

In the 14th century, Danish became the administrative and royal language, and many new words were introduced through German influence.

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Learning the language

An English speaker can expect to learn Danish in 575 hours.

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Around 575 classroom hours are needed to learn Danish. For English natives, given the number of similar words, it is not an overly complicated language to learn. However, if you need content writing in Danish, you might need a professional to help you out!

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fun facts

3 Fun facts about the Danish language

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The longest word

The longest word in Danish is a compound word: Speciallægepraksisplanlægningsstabiliseringsperiode, meaning "the period of stabilization planning for a specialized doctor's practice."


“No cow on ice”

The Danish expression for "no problem" is "no cow on ice," referring to a common farmer's problem.

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No word for “please”

The Danish language does not have a specific word for the term "please." Instead, hand gestures are used to convey politeness.


Word Of Wisdom!

All the sorrows of life are bearable if only, we can convert them into a story.

Karen Blixen

Writer, author and poet


Word Of Wisdom!

Just living is not enough ... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Anderson

Novelist, author, playwright and writer of fairy tales


Word Of Wisdom!

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

Søren Kierkegaard

Philosopher, writer, theologian, social critic and poet

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