August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments
The first good thing about the Danish language program in denmark that it was free! Big thumbs up to Socialist Denmark,
Learning Danish undoubtedly solved some of my earlier puzzlement over the choice of certain words in English typically used by Danes (for example, the interchangeable use of ‘fun’ and ‘funny’ or the funny expression ‘I don’t hope this happens’, not to mention the frequent use of the word ‘sparring’ in business contexts, or using ‘back-side’ when wanting to say ‘flip-side’; I now finally get the origin of those funny – and fun! – mistakes).and danish countless vowels
Learning Danish has also provided its fair share of frustrations and entertainment, the two often being inextricably linked. For example, the fact that there are four different words in Danish for ‘think’ (I still get my mener, tænker, tror and synes confusing sometimes). Or the annoying abundance of words for ‘probably’ (still waiting for someone to explain to me the difference between sikkert, nok, vist, muligvis and sandsynligvis). Or the very curious fact that the Danes officially don’t have a future (tense, that is). Of course one can use ‘skal’ or ‘vil’ but those are apparently not often used, with the present tense prevailing when referring to the future, as a rule. You can only imagine the juicy discussions and giggles this triggered among us foreign learners, seeing an opportunity to draw parallels between the language and the country. But I digress.
and my all-time favourite – the ability to say ‘yes’ or express affirmation by a short and quick intake of breath (where I come from, a short and loud breath intake suggests alarm, and so the first time I visited Denmark and spoke to people – especially women, who seem to do the breath intake more frequently – I kept looking around worryingly and asking “what happened?!”)
A move to a new country always entails moments of bewilderment and puzzlement. My move to Denmark is no exception. “I wonder why candy in Denmark is salty” I remember thinking on one of my first days here. And “why do people get so worked up about a sport virtually unknown to the rest of the world?”. Naturally there were many other questions and head-scratching moments – why is a right-wing government led by a party called ‘left’? and while we’re on the topic of politics, it’s a bit strange that the locals refer to their prime minister by his middle name… (yes, I realize it’s practical considering his predecessors, but it still sounds a bit funny). And what about that funny habit of answering the phone by stating your name – surely people know who they’re calling?! Or the fact that virtually all women’s names seem to end with an ‘e’.one more thing there is no word of Please in danish language …..
So in summary,I realized and as my elder brother suggested me if you want to stay here, learning Danish should be one of your top priorities. So enjoy “rød grød med fløde”.(i took two days to pronounce that line,people claim if you can pronounce that line than you can speak danish language ) …………“rød grød med fløde”.“rød grød med fløde”……….do try not to choke on the hot potato in your mouth.
August 10, 2012 § 1 Comment
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Gratitude is the wine for the soul.
Go on.Get drunk.(Rumi)
The whole universe is contained within
a single human being – you.
If I love myself, I love you. If I love you, I love myself.”
Once you have met a true human being,let him not disappear from the horizon of your heart _Rumi
In the season of sorrow.
You are the wealth of my spirit
In the heartbreak of loss.”
Let yourself become living poetry (Rumi)
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust…we must all fall to rise again….rise never to fall again..
Lose your soul in God’s Love…I swear there is no other way.
We have come from the skies
Befriended angels in heaven
To the same place we will rise
To that city past skies seven.
And angels we transcend
Why should we compromise?
The House of Songs is our end
No, you are a soul that has a body
you will never die
He would not be sad who holds love firm in hand.
And if love makes him dance, even a little,
There are worlds and worlds within that little land.