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Doing it all wrong all these years...
 
June 18th, 2012  
Freyja
 
Doing it all wrong all these years...
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Originally Posted by 42RM
Not very familiar with Danish girls.
Danish girls are very independent and Danish guys are used to very independent women. The concept of chivalry is more or less non-existant in Denmark. Forget everything about macho men, the concept is considered to be ridiculous. Danish guys will expect girls to be a bit cold at first. It should also be noted that the genders are very equal in Denmark. Women should not expect chivalry. Guys do not hold doors and it is expected that a girl buy the occasional round of drinks. At the same time guys should expect Danish women to be very elusive and Ďhard to getí. Danish women expect you to be able to lead a fairly intelligent conversation. Corny pick-up lines and small talk are not accepted.

It should first and foremost be noted that Danes are extremely liberal. What many other nationalities would consider taboo is seen here as the norm. Funnily enough, Danes are also extremely rule bound. Danes view rules as very important and the breaking thereof is frowned upon. Danes are often seen as being very direct and at times even rude, because they say what they think instead of disguising their views in polite euphemisms. Also, it should be noted that Danes do not small talk Ė the concept simply doesnít exist. Danes would rather keep quiet that take part in polite but meaningless conversation. Political correctness is a unknown phenomenon to Danes. Danish humor is often seen as extremely rude and very often also offensive. Danes love jokes about everything that include bodily fluids. Include both and you will make the Danes laugh.

Danes are generally well mannered, but in a very different way from what you are used to. Danes are very relaxed when it comes to social interaction. They will almost always say what is on their mind, and they can therefore sometimes come across as rude. You will never hear a Dane use euphemism Ė they donít see the need. Danes do however find table manners extremely important. The same goes for how you behave in public. Even when you go to bars where you can expect people to be under the influence of alcohol, you will experience that Danes are fairly civilized and that rowdiness is frowned upon.

The Danish position towards alcohol tends to be relaxed. A friend who studied abroad once noticed that whoever invented the term Dutch courage clearly had never met a Dane. The legal drinking age is 16 and most young Danes have their first experience with alcohol before they start high school. At the same time it should be noted that young Danes are very responsible drinkers. They accept that some people donít drink and forcing someone to drink is frowned upon.

Danes tend to have a close circle of friends that they have known for ages. Danes donít believe in superficial friendships and it can thus be hard to make friends with Danes. It is, however, not impossible and as soon as you have made a Danish friend you are guaranteed a friend for life. If you really intend to make Danish friends it requires that you make an effort. If you show an interest in their language and their culture you are likely to get a positive response.
June 18th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freyja
Danish girls are very independent and Danish guys are used to very independent women. The concept of chivalry is more or less non-existant in Denmark. Forget everything about macho men, the concept is considered to be ridiculous. Danish guys will expect girls to be a bit cold at first. It should also be noted that the genders are very equal in Denmark. Women should not expect chivalry. Guys do not hold doors and it is expected that a girl buy the occasional round of drinks. At the same time guys should expect Danish women to be very elusive and ‘hard to get’. Danish women expect you to be able to lead a fairly intelligent conversation. Corny pick-up lines and small talk are not accepted.

It should first and foremost be noted that Danes are extremely liberal. What many other nationalities would consider taboo is seen here as the norm. Funnily enough, Danes are also extremely rule bound. Danes view rules as very important and the breaking thereof is frowned upon. Danes are often seen as being very direct and at times even rude, because they say what they think instead of disguising their views in polite euphemisms. Also, it should be noted that Danes do not small talk – the concept simply doesn’t exist. Danes would rather keep quiet that take part in polite but meaningless conversation. Political correctness is a unknown phenomenon to Danes. Danish humor is often seen as extremely rude and very often also offensive. Danes love jokes about everything that include bodily fluids. Include both and you will make the Danes laugh.

Danes are generally well mannered, but in a very different way from what you are used to. Danes are very relaxed when it comes to social interaction. They will almost always say what is on their mind, and they can therefore sometimes come across as rude. You will never hear a Dane use euphemism – they don’t see the need. Danes do however find table manners extremely important. The same goes for how you behave in public. Even when you go to bars where you can expect people to be under the influence of alcohol, you will experience that Danes are fairly civilized and that rowdiness is frowned upon.

The Danish position towards alcohol tends to be relaxed. A friend who studied abroad once noticed that whoever invented the term Dutch courage clearly had never met a Dane. The legal drinking age is 16 and most young Danes have their first experience with alcohol before they start high school. At the same time it should be noted that young Danes are very responsible drinkers. They accept that some people don’t drink and forcing someone to drink is frowned upon.

Danes tend to have a close circle of friends that they have known for ages. Danes don’t believe in superficial friendships and it can thus be hard to make friends with Danes. It is, however, not impossible and as soon as you have made a Danish friend you are guaranteed a friend for life. If you really intend to make Danish friends it requires that you make an effort. If you show an interest in their language and their culture you are likely to get a positive response.
I thank you for your well thought input about Danes, Freyja. This is really informative...

Now, how do I learn Danish...? I believe that will cover almost everything, doesn't it, Maam...
June 19th, 2012  
Freyja
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by viper2007
I thank you for your well thought input about Danes, Freyja. This is really informative...

Now, how do I learn Danish...? I believe that will cover almost everything, doesn't it, Maam...
Danish is far from a beautiful language and is hard to pronounce. It is however very practical in the sense that the sentence structure is more or less the same as in English and that many words are very similar to English.

But it is not necessary to learn Danish. Virtually all speak English. Danish children learn it from the 3 grade. German is also a language which can be spoken and understood by many. Especially the older generation.

Just drink some "Gammel Dansk" and you will be talking Danish like a native
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Doing it all wrong all these years...
June 19th, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freyja
Danish is far from a beautiful language and is hard to pronounce. It is however very practical in the sense that the sentence structure is more or less the same as in English and that many words are very similar to English.

But it is not necessary to learn Danish. Virtually all speak English. Danish children learn it from the 3 grade. German is also a language which can be spoken and understood by many. Especially the older generation.

Just drink some "Gammel Dansk" and you will be talking Danish like a native
Freyja will take good care of you, Viper. Give him Gammel Dansk.
June 20th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
Freyja will take good care of you, Viper. Give him Gammel Dansk.
After what she did to that naughty Afghan man, I would think so...
June 21st, 2012  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freyja
Danish is far from a beautiful language and is hard to pronounce. It is however very practical in the sense that the sentence structure is more or less the same as in English and that many words are very similar to English.

But it is not necessary to learn Danish. Virtually all speak English. Danish children learn it from the 3 grade. German is also a language which can be spoken and understood by many. Especially the older generation.

Just drink some "Gammel Dansk" and you will be talking Danish like a native
I bet they wouldn't understand a Jock a Geordie or a Cockney in full flow.
June 21st, 2012  
captiva303
 
 
can anyone? my gran is from Glasgow and I have no idea what she is saying half the time.
June 21st, 2012  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by captiva303
can anyone? my gran is from Glasgow and I have no idea what she is saying half the time.
Be careful mate, she might give you a Glaswegian Kiss.
 


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