Simple Danish Newsletter #1

We have something we want to share…

We are launching the “Simple Danish Newsletter”, a Weekly Dose of Danish that we want to share with you!

We want to keep it pretty simple, so each week we are going to share the 3 best resources that we’ve been loving, using and reading this week: Books, Websites, Idioms, Phrases, Grammatical tips, Guides, and Much more. We will of course also share our own new episodes and blog posts as they come out.

We think you will like it if you are learning Danish, living in Denmark or thinking about making the jump of moving to a new country or learning a new language.

Below is our first newsletter – we hope you’ll enjoy 😊

Simple Danish Newsletter #1

Danish Movie we are enjoying

Adams Æbler / Adam’s Apples by Anders Thomas Jensen is one of the most quintesentially-Danish movies I can think of. The plot is described on IMDB as: “A neo-Nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devoted minister (played by Mads Mikkelsen).” I find this movie absolutely hilarious. It is Danish humour at its finest (or dumbest) but I still think there’s something distinctly Danish about it. Either you will love it or you will hate it. If you have watched a couple other Danish movies, you will no doubt recognize the cast of Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen, Nicolas Bro. We hope you will find it as funny as we did.

Idiom we think you should know

“Ingen ko på isen” literally translating to: “no cow on the ice”, means that there’s nothing to worry about. You will quite often use it after a scare or after something nearly going wrong. For example: “Åh nej, vi har ikke noget mad i køleskabet” “Ingen ko på isen. Jeg kan handle ind på vej hjem fra arbejde”. The expression used to be a bit longer, the full idiom being: “Ingen ko på isen, så længe rumpen er i land”. Meaning “No cow on the ice as long as the butt is on land”. It kind of makes me wonder if there has been an opposite “Cow on the ice!” expression in the language earlier that has since disappeared.

Expat-in-Denmark we enjoy following

Annie in Eventyrland. Annie Samples is an American mom of 4 living in Denmark, and on her instagram she shares interesting bits about her life in Copenhagen. She shares everything from her experiences with the Danish healthcare system as experienced by giving birth in Denmark, interesting differences between Danish and American culture and daily looks into life with children in Denmark.

That’s it for our first newsletter. We hope you liked it. You can let us know what you think by replying to this email.

Have a great week,

Best regards,
Antonina & Rasmus