Visiting Copenhagen – Danish for Beginners – Part 2

Now that you’ve mastered customs concerned with Drinking, it is time to move on to daily expressions for your interactions with daily Danes.

We’ll take it slow, just to be sure that I don’t lose any of you along the way, which only happened once before. I guess, I have to let the cat out of the bag and tell you how it happened?

One of the common expressions is: Hygge (Hoo-Gah). This terms can resemble “Cosy” but only, if you are thinking of a warm, candle-lit room, with a fireplace. That would be “Cosy” for the rest of the world, but in Copenhagen, it is only the tip of a Greenland Iceberg!

The word might also mean: Nice, Pleasant, or downright lousy, depending on the intonation and context of its usage. I can see by the drop in interest (people climbing out of windows, or falling asleep) that this is becoming too complex for some of you, which would prompt me to offer you a casual refreshment, at a modest fee, before this lesson/story continues.

OK. Is everyone ready once again? Here we go…………

If I told someone, “Come and cosy yourself up to me”, it might be misinterpreted by any of my 3 former wives, who would only want to sue me for Child Support all over again. Unless you are the brave type of “Pseudo-Dane, who can relate to that type of behavior” then I would ask you to refrain from this type of language!

  • hygge – Noun
  • hygge sig – Verb
  • hyggeligt – Adjective

Let’s try out this new knowledge on the Dane on the Street: You approach a regular Dane, inserting a Danish word into your English sentence, and ask”:

  • Isn’t the weather hyggeligt today?” – Isn’t the weather nice/cosy today? The standard Danish answer might be: “Nej, or Ja for helvede!”

This will add some new words to our vocabulary.

  • nej – no
  • ja – yes
  • for helvede – “?=)(/6% Hell

Obviously, not all of the above words will be needed during your stay, but if you’ve come this far, then you have mastered use of Hyggeligt as an Adjective.

Now as a verb. This is never an easy one to understand, as the meaning might just take you farther into Copenhagen, than is the limit of this Tour.

There you are, enjoying a Danish Beer, wiping your mouth on your sleeve and scratching yourself, where your wife always has said, “never in a public place!”

A Dane approaches you and asks: “Hygge du dig?”. Are you enjoying yourself?

Your response comes quickly, as you reply: Ja, Kom lad os hygge os!

More new words will be required to understand this section:

  • Kom – Come (come here/over to me)
  • lad os – let us
  • hygge os – enjoy each others company

You see, how easy this is? The experience is made all the more enjoyable if the recipient of your question is attractive, young or just making goo-goo eyes for you, and/or if your wife/girlfriend is not present at the time.

Now you are making friends with the locals in Copenhagen, and learning their language to boot!

The trouble might begin when you assume that your newfound friend doesn’t have a largish boyfriend/husband of the body-building type. Rest assured, he won’t be taking time to look up in his Special Edition, Danish for Beginners book for, how to ask you nicely to remove your arm from around his girlfriend/wife’s back, and step backwards very slowly.

This actually occurred during one of my Language Lessons, which made the rest of the day with the other, very scared tourists, a definite non-Hyggelig experience!

So if you want to hyg dig (enjoy yourself) together with someone else, I would suggest that you limit your company to someone who knows and understands you, in whatever language you use.

Yourself, of course……………