The Danish Language

Danish is a Scandinavian language. The Scandinavian languages include Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Faroese and Swedish. These five languages originate from the same old language, Old Norse. With a little effort Danes, Norwegians and Swedes can communicate with each other speaking their own language. However, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes do not normally understand Icelandic and Faroese even though some Norwegian dialects share similarities to Icelandic.

Did you know that...

...there are about 600 words in modern English that originate from Old Norse?

Here are some examples:

knife (Old Norse: knifr)
take/receive (Old Norse: taka)
ill (Old Norse: illr)
die (Old Norse: deyja)

If English is your first language, Danish is not a difficult language to learn. The alphabet is the same as the English one but with three additional vowels - Æ,Ø and Å.

It is fairly easy for an English speaker to read Danish. The basic structure of the language is the same and Danish and English have many words in common.

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