In the past, I had written a special post regarding the uniqueness of Danish language. In today’s post on Marina’s Life with Danish, I will be presenting you with the sequel of the awesome aspects of Danish. Enjoy!
1) No verb conjugations
Gone are the days when you had to read over and over again the different conjugations of every verb in first, second, third person and so on. Gone are the days when you would lift your hands in despair and throw the grammar book as far from you as possible. Upon learning that in Danish, every verb is the same for every person, be it singular or plural, I felt the sweet touch of relief. Sounds silly, but if you are a German learner, a Czech learner, or a Greek learner (and many other languages for that matter), you will suffer. A lot.
2) There is no future (not literally)
There are more than enough possibilities for your future prosperity in Denmark, but this does not apply for the future tense in its language, something that makes me happy. One less thing to worry about, and this is probably the only time where I can write this sentence in a future-related context, and not feel bad about it! But you see, when I don’t have a specific way to express about the future, and this way is actually unmarked, I derive a weird sense of pleasure.
3) The word jordomsejling
I remember reading about this word quite some time ago, but I was reminded of it just yesterday by a Danish friend while chatting. Once again, I will take this opportunity to praise the mighty beauty and practicality of Danish compounds, as seen in this very word. Literally translated, it means earth-around-sailing, which, as you have probably guessed means sailing around the world. Where you need four words in English to describe that, you get a single, compact word in Danish that does the job perfectly well!
4) The expression op på lakrids
It basically means that you are full of energy; I like it because they have somehow managed to connect a very popular candy with an emotional state! I, myself, could never make that connection however, I believe my liking to liquorice begins and ends with the word lakrids. In other words, I would probably get up and start running away from it. Now that I think about, that does require some energy, so liquorice does really fill you up, regardless if you run towards or away from it J
What are your favorite aspects of Danish language?
It’s snowing in Denmark, so for those of you who miss the sunlight, here is a photo from the last Danish summer! 🙂