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Copenhagen – Post 4, Grace Clifford

Danish is hard to speak, and the Danes know it. Structurally, the syntax is easy enough to decode, and verb conjugations are easy (nonexistent.) The pronunciation, however, is enough to tie the tongues of even the most motivated Americans.

Almost every young Danish person speaks fairly fluent English, because they are taught it in school from a young age. As such, cashiers in shops and bus drivers are quickly able to switch into English when they see that I have a problem and am not understanding their directions in Danish. The downside of this comfort is that I rarely hear Danish being spoken to me, so it can be extremely hard to get an ear for how street names or simple phrases should be pronounced. I have taken to mumbling to myself on the bus, repeating the announcements of each stop in an effort to internalize some of these pronunciations.