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Denmark: We don’t like Marmite (either)

May 25, 2011 | Leave a comment

Face it: you either love it or hate it. The Danes, it would seem, hate it.

So, in good Danish style, they decided to ban it. Marmite, that is.

Okay, so there may be a few reasons (such as the high salt content, the added vitamins, the other stuff in there that is not that good for you).

Still, this is a perfect excuse to have a bit of a go. Firstly, why actually BAN it? This just adds to the unrest on the streets of Copenhagen. Foreigners, already feeling rather homesick at times, now have to go to Sweden to satisfy their purchase cravings for Marmite (or simply bring a few extra jars in their suitcase next time they pop home). They wander the streets at night, trying to satisfy their cravings, meeting under bridges and starting a contraband trade.

The Guardian LINK http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2011/may/24/uk-should-ban-sandi-toksvig has retaliated by threatening to ban Sandi Toksvig. We suspect Sandi quite likes Marmite herself, but we’ll find out and report back to you. So, now they are thinking about banning Lego. Or bacon. Or maybe Series 2 of The Killing.

Where do we stand on this? Well, we don’t really like Marmite at Scandi Kitchen, but that is mainly because we don’t understand it. We don’t expect our English guests to always understand our love of salty liqourice and the fact that we like eating little dead fish on pieces of hard bread.

And what we dislike more than anything is hearing that one of our countries have been playing Nanny-state again. So, Denmark, if you are listening: let the English have “their stuff” back, or we’ll find Lars Von Trier, dip him in a big pot of Marmite and post him right back to you.

So there.

Dansk [dan’sg]

May 17, 2011 | 2 Comments

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.

LINK http://www.youtube.com/embed/s-mOy8VUEBk

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