Think Danish is easy? No? Nor do we – and some of us ARE Danish. That should tell you something.
We have no fewer than NINE vowels. Yes, nine: a, e, i, o, u, æ, ø, å and y. Yeps, we love vowels so much we even told some of the consonants to be vowels. hurdy gurdy indeed.
This makes for a very complicated way of pronouncing things. A recent study found that Danish is one of the hardest languages for children to learn. If kids find it hard, imagine what it is like to learn as an adult?
Read the article this post refers to here – by The Copenhagen Post LINK http://www.cphpost.dk/culture/culture/122-culture/51613-the-danish-languages-irritable-vowel-syndrome.html
Now, a while back we found this great site where you can teach yourself some very useful Danish sentences, such as “my ham is frozen” and “she has monkey arms” and “there is something stuck in my left nostril, oh wait, it is bellybutton fluff (der er noget i mit venstre næsebor, vent, det er navle fnuller”). This site has sadly now closed. It taught our Sebastian so very much – and now we have to teach him Danish ourselves.