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    Improving my Danish thread

    So, intet (and any other Danes that care to help).

    If I post a question about some linguistic issue I have (Danish that is), then you can set me on the right path, yes?

    For example.

    Kan du lige gå hen til bageren

    I'm having trouble finding a meaning for "hen" ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    So, intet (and any other Danes that care to help).

    If I post a question about some linguistic issue I have (Danish that is), then you can set me on the right path, yes?

    For example.

    Kan du lige gå hen til bageren

    I'm having trouble finding a meaning for "hen" ...
    CT - Very good opening question.

    Kan du lige gå hen til bageren - perfect syntax, perfect spelling.

    "hen" is a word in danish, what we call an adverbium, which can never stand alone. It points the direction "hen til" or "hen mod" - points at the direction means "towards" or "to" for this particular sentence. But you don´t really need the word "hen" in this sentence. You might as well just say: Kan du lige gå til bageren/Please (asking politely) go to the bakery. It would be better Danish.

    Another example in Danish: Vil du venligst gå hen mod vores datter, drej rundt mod mig og gå tilbage til mig. Please walk towards (hen mod) our daughter, turn around towards me (hen mod mig) and walk back to me / or return to me.

    So "hen" can never stand alone.
    Last edited by intet_at_tabe; Apr-09-2008 at 09:29.
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    intet_at_tabe

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    Thanks intet

    Hvor bliver Intet dog af?

    I know this means, where has Intet got to, but what exactly is dog?

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    Intet, you can also help me, please, with some colours (I work in marketing and am also a graphic designer so love colours). Here are some names for colours

    Traffic-light red
    Golden yellow
    Persimmon orange
    Light green
    Dandelion yellow
    Turquoise green
    Greyish-blue
    Peony
    Shell pink
    Opal green
    Ice green
    Sky blue
    Mustard

    Perhaps some of these don't have Danish equivalents?

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    intet - you say adverbium (adverb) but is that the same as biord?
    Also - what's the Danish for these grammatical terms:
    apostrophe
    colon
    ellipse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    intet - you say adverbium (adverb) but is that the same as biord?
    Also - what's the Danish for these grammatical terms:
    apostrophe
    colon
    ellipse
    CT64

    Sorry for the delay.

    To your question about "apostrophe" almost the same in Danish "apostrof" equals "´".
    Colon equals ":" equals "kolon".
    "Ellipse", not quite sure, seems a mathematical question?. Ask sir Corno Dolce, he possibly knows. Though he is Swedish, he has been to Denmark half of his life, while living in Sweden, scouting for these typical longlegged Danish women, which catch your eye instantly - Yummi!!

    Of couse your right, an "adverbium" equals an "adverb".
    Best regards,
    intet_at_tabe

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    Hi Intet

    Welcome back, we missed you.


    Margaret

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Intet, you can also help me, please, with some colours (I work in marketing and am also a graphic designer so love colours). Here are some names for colours

    Traffic-light red
    Golden yellow
    Persimmon orange
    Light green
    Dandelion yellow
    Turquoise green
    Greyish-blue
    Peony
    Shell pink
    Opal green
    Ice green
    Sky blue
    Mustard

    Perhaps some of these don't have Danish equivalents?
    CT64

    Should have mentioned it before we entered the class room. I am color blind.

    "Ice geen" for instance - I can´t even imagine in my head how "ice" can seem to be "green". So I guess some of the enlisted words, can´t be translated directly into Danish. But then, we don´t have a Danish translation for the short american expression "**" as well.

    Btw. what would you call the color of "mustard", presumingly not very tasty?

    Humply and respectfully,
    Best regards,
    intet_at_tabe

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    Quote Originally Posted by marval View Post
    Hi Intet

    Welcome back, we missed you.


    Margaret
    Ms. Margaret

    Like wise.
    Best regards,
    intet_at_tabe

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    Good ole Intet! - Emerging again on MIMF after vanishing - pulls a fast one on me about all my vacationing in Denmark -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    Good ole Intet! - Emerging again on MIMF after vanishing - pulls a fast one on me about all my vacationing in Denmark -
    Dear friend and magician at Oceania, sir Corno Dolce

    .

    When this has been said, perhaps you could "pull a fast one" to help out our common friend CT64 about colours, and not the long legged Danish women at Helsinore for instance in your past time, please!! I missed you too much laddy to vanish.
    Best regards,
    intet_at_tabe

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    CT64

    In my youth around the age of 15-16 I was a dedicated amateur on photography. I had won a Nikon F2 camera from an idiot, who made me a stupid bet, the Nikon F2 very fashionable at the time, and very expensive in a store, and somewhere I figured I could enter the education to be a professional photographer.

    However, it said on the application form: If you´re color blind don´t applicate.

    So I went to an ophthalmologist to be tested, since I always had troubles of deciding between green and brown - blue and purple - yellow and orange and even some nuances of orange towards red.

    He showed me some sketches with a lot of different colors inside a circle, and asked me, what number I saw inside this circle? Most humiliating after the fourth test of one of these circles.

    He said: Intet, you´re as color blind as the bull, not a chance for you to become an educated photographer. That was the end of my possibility to become a professional photographer, freelancing for Animal Planet for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Thanks intet

    Hvor bliver Intet dog af?

    I know this means, where has Intet got to, but what exactly is dog?
    CT64

    "dog" - You surely know how to pick difficult questions on the danish language CT. "dog" is an adverb as well. You may translate it into English using words like: however, really or yet.

    An example from Danish: Han synes at virke klog (smart, clever, wise), men er dog ikke klog.

    In English: He seems to be clever, however or yet, he is not clever.

    But again, as I´ve stated already, some of these adverbs are nor really needed in modern Danish.

    Keep it up CT, I am all yours, grateful to be able to help you out.
    Last edited by intet_at_tabe; Apr-27-2008 at 12:43.
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    CT64 - If your Danish is as good, as I have seen it to be, try this link for a more thoroughly explanation on adverbs in generel. Scroll down the page:

    http://www.societas-montis-solis.org....htm#ADVERBIER
    Best regards,
    intet_at_tabe

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    It looks like I will have to learn Danish in order to answer this one and
    spanish so that I can communicate with those emails I get from the
    natives in Mexico.
    judy tooley

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