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Beginner's Danish (Danish Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Nete Schmidt
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Book Description

The smallest of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark is made up of a peninsula (Jutland) attached to northern Germany, and a collection of islands known as the Danish Archipelago. Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also crown territories of Denmark, though each has political home rule. Inhabited for over 12,000 years, Denmark is best known for the infamous period between the 8th and 10th century when Danish Vikings, together with Norwegians and Swedes, pillaged and plundered their way across Europe. Danes contributed much to the arts and sciences, however, through the work of writers such as Hans Christian Anderson and Isak Dineson, the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, and the scientist Niels Bohr, creator of the first working model of the atom. In the title character of "Hamlet", William Shakespeare created perhaps the most famous Dane of all. Modern spoken Danish has gained a reputation as being exceptional and difficult for foreigners to understand and master. The nine Danish vowels represent sixteen different sounds and most of the consonants are unvoiced. A unique feature is the 'stod', the glottal stop, used to distinguish between several homonyms and words. The Danes also tend to drop inflectional endings, and this perceived mumbling, even in formal standard Danish, may present problems to those learning the language. The book contains lessons on grammar, a glossary of vocabulary words, and a thorough introduction to Danish history and culture. The Kindle version of this book does not include auido CDs.

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About the Author

Nete Schmidt received her degrees in English and Danish from the University of Copenhagen, and taught at Bjerringbro Junior College and the University of Aarhus for many years. She is now Senior Lecturer in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, following eight years as Visiting Assistant Professor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3306 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (October 23, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: Danish
  • ASIN: B0033AHGHY
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great 'Beginner's Series' Offering... April 15, 2009
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There isn't exactly a plethora of Danish language learning books out there, and quite a number of those are `ho-hum.' However, this is one I can recommend if its style of instruction fits your style of learning--that is, if you are serious about learning the language and you are willing to put in the study time. If that's the case, you should like this book.

I suppose those folks who study languages for kicks all have their favorite products. I know I certainly have mine, and I can say that the Hippocrene Beginner's Series language books published within the past few years (before that, watch out!) have been extremely helpful. They aren't perfect, but I just can't say enough good about them. I have the Hippocrene Beginner's Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, and I should be receiving the newly published Icelandic within a few days. All of them (hopefully including the Icelandic) are similarly formatted and pedagogically sound (not perfect, but way better than most).

With Beginner's Danish, you get a cultural/language/history introduction of around 24 pages, alphabet and pronunciation section, 13 lessons, a glossary (about 50 pages), and two well-recorded CDs. Each lesson contains a dialog, list of vocabulary and phrases, grammar, footnotes of additional grammar and cultural/language info, and exercises. Although there should be more in the exercise sections, they aren't bad considering what typical books provide. I would estimate the glossary to be perhaps 1000 words--not all words and phrases in the text are included in the glossary, however. I'd say the total is somewhere between 1200 and 1500 phrases and words in this book. The CDs are nicely done. There is a pronunciation section, which with Danish is absolutely vital!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danish for Today June 21, 2009
If you want to learn the Danish that is spoken in Danish homes today, especially among young people, this innovative text book is for you. The stories are engaging and the situations are so true-to-life that the reader gets a real feeling of what it is like to be in Denmark. And the dialogues on the CD are so well read that you feel like you are eavesdropping. The book also includes an informative introduction to Danish history, language and culture -- and a pronunciation guide to help with the challenges of speaking Danish.

I'm not sure whether an absolute beginner will find the first chapters a bit difficult, since it doesn't start with an oversimplified "See Jens, see Jens run" kind of conversation. But for those read for an immersion in the Danish language of today, it is highly recommended. Nete Schmidt has extensive experience teaching Danish to non-Danes, and brings all her skills to play in this excellent text.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable tool for a great price March 29, 2009
By P. Ripp
This book really got me going with a language that I thought I would never learn.
It is clearly structured and takes me by the hand as I explore not only the language but also the culture of a Danish family. The dialogues are down-to-earth and very relevant for any student, in the classroom or at home. And I feel like I got to know the family by the end of the book!
I hope there will be a second follow-up book, so I can take the Danish I have learned even further.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your needs (and region!) September 3, 2012
By Tucker
This course is nicely done, but it's usefulness depends on your needs.

If you've been to Denmark and heard some Danish (and injured your tongue trying the 'soft L') and want to learn to understand it more, then this is great. You'll get the language more organized and functional, and develop your vocabulary and pronunciation. If you want to learn some Danish for, er, purely recreational purposes, it's also good. It's very much in the style of a traditional classroom language course: some vocab, grammar, pronunciation, dialogs to make it more interesting and add a cultural element, etc.

If, however, you want to be able to understand and use basic useful phrases for a visit, this is not the way to go. You will not learn to understand basic train announcements or whether the cashier is offering you a bag or asking one of the 6 most common variations on 'do you want a receipt?' It starts out with a pretty big jump into moderately complicated language, so it's got a steep front edge on the learning curve. The first few chapters were just too much for me when I was preparing for my year in Denmark- I resorted to a free 'One Minute Danish' podcast to start my learning. Also, as noted elsewhere, this course is best used sitting a a desk with both the text and the audio-- it's not for listening to on the ipod while you shop, because it assumes you are looking at the text. It's a good way to learn Danish, but limiting- you need dedicated time and space.

Finally, be aware of the dialect!! In Denmark, they say that there are no accents to the language, because the country is so small. This is why it's very hard for Danes to sort out the mispronunciations of non-Danes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful book April 23, 2012
By MSasaki
This book is amazing. I have studied under the woman who wrote it but I have learned a great deal from the book by itself. The video a few reviews down is proof enough that one could teach themselves with this book. There are CDs provided for pronunciation and the side by side English and Danish makes the beginning dialogs invaluable. Everything is laid out neatly and is very organized. Learning a language is not just simply being able to comprehend and speak the words but learning about the culture in order to better understand everything having to do with the language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing so far. Things are easy to understand and font is perfect for reading. So far so good!
Published 2 months ago by Atanas Bosnov
5.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book
The book is nicely paced and the CDs have no English on it except for the lesson titles. I like the fact there is no English on the CDs, as this is no a learn while you drive set. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vuhx
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by J. G. Clayton
3.0 out of 5 stars No english in CDs.
The only thing I didn't like was the CD's were only in Danish. The description should have specified that or else I would have gotten a different one.
Published 6 months ago by Travis Solesbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginner
Basically, I agree with just about all the other comments. There's no reason for me to re-write what they said--though I did explain to a customer over on my review of another... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna DeWine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn Danis
This book and CD set is great. I think it would be a little difficult to learn if I did not already have knowledge of the Danish language.
Published 11 months ago by Dlu
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Amazing book. Perfect for beginer who wants to learn the language and the culture as fast and smoothly as possible
Published 12 months ago by Myane Lachance
2.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS
Don't let the title "Beginner's Danish" fool you, this is not for beginners. Do you know how people in college either say or have heard someone else say "Why is this on the test? Read more
Published 16 months ago by puke skybarfer
4.0 out of 5 stars language
the book came right away. I was very happy. The discs were inside the book. The second disc had a crack in it, but it still ran and downloaded. Very pleased overall.
Published 18 months ago by Rebecca A. Vanvleet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great language program.
I think as far as Danish learning programs go, (and there aren't very many), this is probably one of the best. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jill Young
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