Learning Danish – Extending your Vocabulary

Every so often I can across a word that is fairly basic, yet I have not seen it before.

Here are a couple of examples of complaints, interjections and rumour:

jamen – but (as an interjection!)

Jamen, er det dig!

Well, if it isn’t you!

Jamen, hør nu!

But, listen now!

Den gamle By, Denmark

jamre – verb: wail moan

jammerlig- adj, wretched, miserable, wailing

(ynkelig) jammerlig – (pitiful) pathetic ynkelig jammer – pitiful wailing

Jammer – misery; (klager– complaining) moaning

klage – complaint: verb to complain

indsende en klage over en  hund.

– lodge (send in) a complaint about a dog

klage skrivelse – written complaint.

skriftlig klage – letter of complaint.

Efter en nat på ynkelig jammer, vil Kai gerne indgive en skriftlig klage over naboens hund

After a night of pitiful wailing, Kai would like to submit a letter of complaint about his neighbour’s dog.

Will Kai Complain? Something for all of us that are trying to familiarise ourselves with Danish, to ponder about.

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9 Responses to Learning Danish – Extending your Vocabulary

  1. Mariane says:

    Aye !! … Jamen is actually TWO words ja = yes – men = But – and also the meaning of Jamen can actually reach the sky so to speak because it is said in so many situations and have that many meanings as well 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Mariane! I see now the ‘Yes, but’! I must have heard it so many times, but not realized. I would love to hear some more examples!

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    • Mariane says:

      My Pleasure 😀 – if you like to have some words then write an email? mariane add cordes dot re because I can’t find any words by hand – I am a Danish Dane that speaks Danish and live in Denmark – thihi.. and in daily life I am not thinking of situation like this. Sure I will love to help though 😀

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    • Oh thanks so much Mariane. I would love another native speaker to bounce my draft posts to. My other Danish tutor is offline for an extended period, so I am going it alone! I do appreciate any corrections and additions. I will send you a post in the near future, and welcome any comment you might have.

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  2. scrapydo says:

    Afrikaans again:
    written complaint = skriftelike(skrivelse) klagte(klage) then also hund= hond(afr)
    Interesting!

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